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How to Clean Your Granite Countertops

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Granite Countertops

Good news for granite countertops in Colorado Springs: They’re pretty easy to clean.

Sometimes when you upgrade your interior, you find that the high-end option demands high-end care to avoid staining and damage, but that’s not the case with granite. The only specific things that you really need to do are:

Avoid Abrasive Cleaners

Granite is pretty resilient and very hard to stain, but the sealant used to protect the granite doesn’t much care for bleach, vinegar, ammonia or citrus-based cleaners. Save that stuff for glass and porcelain.

Clean Gently

A soft washcloth with some mild dish soap and warm water is all you need in order to clean your granite countertop. No special chemicals or products required. Because of the sealant, granite countertops don’t really need to be disinfected like more absorbent surfaces. One part water and one part isopropyl alcohol will do the trick under extenuating circumstances, but in general, a daily cleaning with a washcloth should keep your countertop clean enough to eat off of.

Dry With a Cloth

When you want to keep a nice beautiful surface showing, dry the countertop manually with a cloth to prevent streaking. You won’t damage your granite countertop by letting it air-dry, but if you’ve just had your countertops installed or resealed, there’s no blaming you for wanting to keep it looking nice and smooth.

With proper care, your sealant should last for a good long while. You can test to make sure by dropping some water on the surface. If it beads up, your sealant is good-as-new; otherwise, it might be time to reseal it. With regular cleaning and proper treatment, granite countertops will generally go at least three to five years without needing to be resealed. Granite countertops are anything but high-maintenance, they just look that way. If you’re considering granite countertops, give us a call so that we can give you a free in-home consultation.

4 Signs That Granite Countertops Should Be a Part of Your Next Kitchen Remodel

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If you’re like many modern homeowners, you’ll be considering a kitchen remodel at some point in the future. Granite countertops in Colorado Springs provide an excellent way to give any kitchen an extra layer of polish combined with usability. Following are just four good reasons to consider replacing your current countertops with ones made from granite. 

You’re a Busy Professional With Little Time for Cleaning and Maintenance 

Granite countertops are ideal for those with busy schedules because they’re easy to clean with a solution of mild detergent and warm water. When they’re properly sealed, they don’t need complicated maintenance to keep them looking their best. 

You’ve Got Children in the Home

Kitchen counters and sinks take quite a beating in homes with active children. Letting children help in the kitchen is a necessary part of teaching them valuable life skills, and granite’s stain-resistant properties help keep kitchens attractive. Granite is also a nonporous surface, which means it’s far less likely to harbor bacteria than its porous counterparts. 

You’re an Active Home Cook

Granite countertops have more than just aesthetic benefits — granite is also a superior countertop material for those with serious ambitions in the kitchen. Granite is heat-resistant and won’t be easily damaged by hot pots and pans. It’s also great for home bakers because, like marble, it doesn’t absorb atmospheric heat and provides an excellent surface for working with pastry and bread dough. 

You Want to Boost the Value of Your Home

If you’ve got plans to put your home on the market in the near future, granite countertops increase the overall value of the property as well as make it more attractive to potential buyers. As an added bonus, you’ll get to enjoy having a beautiful kitchen for the remainder of your time in the home. 

We’ve got a kitchen visualizer tool designed to help you make plans for your upcoming kitchen remodel. Please contact us for more information. 

Why Your Kitchen Island Granite Doesn’t Have to Match the Counters

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waterfall countertop

If you have beautiful granite countertops in Colorado Springs in a discontinued color or style, what happens when you decide to add an island with a granite top? As long as you’re happy with your countertops, there’s no need to resurface your entire kitchen, mixing and matching granite can produce a lovely custom effect. 

On-Trend Color Combinations

Glitz and glam are back in home decor, and you can combine white, gray and gold granite colors with most existing granite counters. For example, if your current granite counters are rich, dark colors, consider off-white and light beige granite with plenty of detail in the composition for your planned island surface.

On the other hand, if your counters are white or very light, a smooth black slab can create a huge wow factor when guests come over. For custom colors such as pinks, roses and grays, find a complementary color that brings out the highlights in your current style. If you want high drama and a royal touch, add a gold-toned granite counter to your eat-in island. 

Redefine Your Transitional Space

If you want the island to command its own space and can place it between an open kitchen-dining area, you can use any color you want. You’re essentially creating a wall-less room where kids gather to do their homework, dinner is served and friends gather around for a nightcap.

Granite comes in styles referred to as colorways (ranges of color), so it’s easy to find the exact combination you envision. Be sure to approve the final slab in person before it’s custom cut for your island. This is a lasting investment, and you’ll be happy you made the time to do so later.

If you would like advice on selecting Colorado Springs granite counters, call us at Planet Granite to discuss your style vision. Quartz and rock materials are additional possibilities to bring your design to life.

4 Care Tips for Your Granite Countertops in Colorado Springs

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quartz granite countertops

To keep your Colorado Springs granite countertops in optimal condition, you must provide them with the care they need on a regular basis. The care techniques and products you use will pay a huge role in your countertops retaining their amazing finish. To get started, keep the following care tips in mind as you work on preserving the finish on your granite countertops.

Use Proven Cleaning Products and Techniques

Although they are made of the toughest types of rock, your granite countertops can lose their finish if you use abrasive cleaning products. Instead, simply clean off your countertops using warm soapy water and a soft sponge. Never use bleach, ammonia or other caustic cleaners on your countertop, or those products could strip the sealant.

Avoid Exposing Your Colorado Springs Countertops to Acidic Substances

Acidic substances can also have a negative impact on the integrity of the granite countertop’s sealant. Therefore, it is important to avoid cutting tomatoes, citrus fruits and other acidic substances directly on the countertop.

Never Set Hot Pans Directly on the Surface

It is also important to never set hot pans on the surface of your Colorado Springs countertops. The hot temperatures can cause damage to the granite, leaving it discolored and in need of refinishing. If you need to place hot pans on your counters, shield the area with a cork or metal trivet first.

Regularly Apply Sealant to the Granite

Since you cannot overseal stone surfaces, you can get away with sealing to the surface up to twice a year. You can test your countertops using water to see if you need to apply sealant. You can also work with a granite countertop expert to determine the level of care your countertops need. Get started by calling 719-522-0748 to acquire support from our team at Planet Granite.

Using Granite to Create Unique Designs in Your Kitchen or Bath

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Granite is beautiful and durable. It has been a go-to option for kitchen and bath countertops for years. Having just the right color pairings jazzes up traditional uses for granite. In addition, granite can be used for much more than just countertops. You can use granite in a variety of surprising ways to really make your Colorado Springs kitchen or bathroom pop. Below are just a few suggestions.

Pick a Granite With a Great Pattern

Granite comes in all shapes and sizes. You may be surprised at the variety of color options available. You can pick a pattern and shade the plays well off of your countertops and flooring. Or, you can choose a slab that has a stark wave pattern that really draws attention and makes a statement. Granite countertops can make the space in your Colorado Springs home come alive.

Backsplash Options

Granite can also be a great durable backsplash option as well. You can match your backsplash to your current countertops, or pick an entirely different complementary shade and pattern. These backsplashes are durable and easy to clean — and you don’t have to worry about matching your countertops if you can just continue placing the granite onto the wall.

Granite Tiling

A large granite slab can easily be cut into small tile squares. Putting these tiles on the wall or floor gives your shower or bathroom a spa-like feel. It creates an upscale feeling that is difficult to replicate with traditional tile or linoleum.

Sinks

Granite sinks are a mix of stone and resin. They look and feel just like pure granite, but they are sealed so that they can be exposed to water daily. They also have a more uniform look that will go well with your existing countertop. Wear and tear is minimal because granite sinks are resistant to heat, staining and scratching.

If you’re ready to incorporate some unique granite options into your kitchen or bath design, contact our Colorado Springs office. We can help you get just the right product to meet your needs. Call today!

Using Design to Minimize the Look of Seams in Your Granite Countertop

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One of the most challenging things about natural stone countertops is making sure that the seams are well-hidden. Obvious seams not only mar the flawless look of granite and other stone counter materials, but these seams can collect food particles and even promote chipping and wear on the counter. It would be wonderful if you could order your counter in one seamless piece. However, this is rarely possible, except for the smallest counters. The granite or other stone vein may not be that big, and even if it were, it would be so heavy that your installers would not be able to get it in place safely. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to hide those seams with design so that they are less apparent and/or virtually invisible.

Ways to Use Design to Minimize the Look of Your Colorado Springs Kitchen Countertop Seams

1. Opt for a darker color stone. The darker the color of the stone, the less apparent your seams are going to be. With black, the seams are almost invisible. In addition, the less pattern in the stone, the more difficult it will be to see where the seams lie.

2. Work with smaller counter sizes. Stone cutting saws can only handle sizes of up to around nine feet in length. Avoid seams altogether by positioning your sink and appliances so that you have no section longer than this.

3. Ask about book matching. This technique makes sure that all pieces of your counter are cut from the same stone vein, so there is minimal difference in the shade of the stone, making the seams much less visible.

Don’t let those pesky seams mar the appearance of your kitchen countertops. To learn more about hiding the seams on your Colorado Springs granite countertops, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

How to Shop for Granite Countertops

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Kitchen Granite With Chairs

If you’re planning on updating the kitchen in your home, chances are you’ve considered having granite countertops installed. Not only are granite countertops resistant to damage from heat and cutting utensils, but they can also add to the overall aesthetic appeal of your kitchen. Here are a few tips that will help you shop for Colorado Springs granite countertops.

1. Buy Thicker Countertops

A common mistake that many homeowners make is buying ¾-inch granite countertops for their kitchen. While ¾-inch granite countertops are more widely available and affordable, it is in your best interest to purchase a 1-inch countertop. The reason that ¾-inch granite countertops are more affordable is that they are more fragile than their thicker counterparts and require supports and laminate edges. While you will pay more for thicker granite countertops, you will save money in the long run due to the superior quality.

2. Look for Natural Pits and Hairline Cracks

As a homeowner, you want to get the best quality granite countertops for your money. Therefore, while you’re shopping for granite countertops, you should avoid products with natural pits and hairline cracks. While these features may contribute to the granite countertop’s natural beauty, these features can also add to the fragility of the product. Therefore, you should ask the stone seller or fabricator questions about these imperfections and what they mean when it comes to the fragility of the product.

3. Buy Seamless Granite Countertops

You should buy seamless Colorado Springs granite countertops instead of granite countertops with seams if you can afford it. Over time, seamless granite countertops tend to age better than their seamed countertops. If you install granite countertops with seams, you may feel the need to make replacements in just five or ten years.

Buying granite countertops is a great way to update the look of your kitchen. If you would like to learn more about installing Colorado Springs granite countertops, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Planet Granite.

Matching Your Countertops to the Wood in Your Bathroom

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Designing the perfect bathroom can seem like a tedious project, what with having to match everything from fixtures to faucets. You also need to select the perfect Colorado Springs bathroom countertops to match the wood in the room. Your fixtures may be the focal point, but your countertops and wood will probably be the first items to catch your eye. Make sure you choose the perfect combination for your bathroom remodel by following the tips below.

Black and White, Bright or Muted

The first assessment you need to make is whether you are going for the simplicity of black and white, whether you are utilizing bold and bright colors, or whether you want soft muted tones. This choice will set the starting tone of your design.

Find Complementing Colors

Your room should include two dominant colors and one accent color throughout, but it is important that you choose colors that complement each other, or they could stand out in a bad way. Using a color wheel can help you find colors that are similar in hue, warmness or coolness or color family. Once you have determined your color palette, you will be able to find woods stains that work with your colors.

Select Your Countertops First

Your countertops are not only one of the biggest parts of your remodeling investment, but they will often have the most options in terms of colors and patterns. Your pattern choice for your countertop will lay the groundwork for choosing a wood pattern to complement it. If you go with a busier countertop design, you will want to choose a simpler, less-distracting wood grain pattern.

Make your Colorado Springs home remodeling a breeze by following the tips above. Want to find out more about choosing the perfect bathroom countertops? Call Planet Granite today to schedule your free in-home consultation.

5 Things You Should Know About Granite Countertops

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Updating your countertops from dated materials adds value to your home and makes your kitchen or bathroom appear more modern and sophisticated. If you’re looking to refresh your home with granite countertops in Colorado Springs, CO, you should know a few things before making a final decision.

Understand Your Finish Options

You have a number of options when it comes to the style of the finish of your granite countertops.

Finish Options:

Polished – Features a mirror sheen and provides the best protection against scratches

Honed – Creates a matte appearance and is more vulnerable to nicks and staining

Satin – Gives a smooth appearance that’s more vibrant than the honed look

Leather – Adds a textured appearance to countertops

Choose Your Edges Wisely

Ask your installer for different samples of these options to get a better idea of what they will look like in your kitchen. Think about the effect you want to create when making a choice.

Edge Options:

Eased – Simple squared-off profile with a slightly rounded top edge

Bullnose – Half-circle design

Ogee – Somewhat S-shaped in appearance from the side

Beveled – Angled cut along the edges

Waterfall – Three cascading rounded edges

Chiseled – Looks like it’s been cut fresh out of the earth

Use the Right Cleaning Techniques

You must use the right cleaning materials to maintain the look of your counters. Always use a soft cloth with warm water and a non-abrasive soap. Harsh cleansers erode the countertop surface and diminish its appearance.

Granite Countertops Aren’t Indestructible

The innate strength of granite doesn’t mean it can’t be cracked. Avoid letting objects drop onto the surface.

Get an Up Close and Personal Look

Pick out your granite in person! Planet Granite is happy to walk you through granite countertop options that would fit your home. Call us at (719) 522-0748 for a consultation.

How to Pick a Sink to Match Your Countertops

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Kitchen Granite With Chairs

Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to update the look of your home, as well as increase the home’s value. During the process, you will need to choose countertops, cabinets, flooring, paint and fixtures. Once you have decided on the countertops to form the base of your kitchen, you will also need to select a sink that will best compliment them. When choosing a sink, it is essential to give consideration to the following:

Installation Type

An essential step in choosing your sink will be identifying the sink installation that will best complement your new countertops. While top-mounted sinks were considered the norm for older, traditional, laminate countertops, under-mount sinks are one of the best choices to complete the stone finish and thickness that you will have when installing with countertops such as granite.

Material

They are a variety of sink types and finishes you can choose from to match your countertops and create the finishing touch for your kitchen. Some of the most common materials you will be able to choose from are:

  • Stainless Steel
  • Composite Granite
  • Enameled Cast Iron
  • Bronze or Copper

When deciding on the sink material, you will want to consider the durability you will need as well as the finish that will best aesthetically compliment your new countertops.

Size and Bowl Configuration

You will want to determine whether you will best benefit from a single bowl or double bowl sink. If choosing a double sink, you will need to decide if you want two full sinks or a large sink and a disposal unit. You will also need to choose the correct size leaving enough depth for the faucet and dimensions of the space.

If you would like more information on choosing the correct sink for your kitchen or are looking to upgrade your kitchen countertops in Colorado Springs, contact Planet Granite today to schedule your consultation.

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