People always ask me when do I seal my granite? The answer is really easy. When your new granite tops are delivered, your installer should seal your granite for the very first time. You will know when it is time to re seal your countertops when you clean with soap and water. The water should always bead on the counter. The water beads because sealers contain a certain percentage of carnauba “Wax”, silicone and other additives that repel liquids and protect the stone. If you wash your countertop and the stone changes colors, darkens, or is no longer beading on the surface. That is an indication that it is time to re seal, because there is no more wax and silicone on the surface. I have found that this will need to be done annually. 10 year sealers are available in the market; but for me, the cost out weighs the benefit. Sealers and maintenance kits are available from your local retailers. The ease of application and the difference in cost is the only reason I would not use a 10 year sealer. 10 year sealers are fabulous; it becomes a matter of personal choice. There is a misconception that sealers provide an impenetrable barrier that the likes of Superman could not break through. Sealers only protect your granite or natural stone against staining. Sealers can not protect against etching caused by harsh chemicals. We have tested sealers in our shop to see how they perform against common things found in your kitchen. Ketchup, mustard, some cola products, wine, vinegar, etc. Mustard and Colas will cause the most damage if left un-attended on your countertop. With any spill, just wipe it up immediately and you [...]
Planning - Print or cut out pictures; check magazines, our web site www.cabinets2countertops.com, or any other remodeling resources, that way you have an idea of what you want. Designing - To properly prepare your designs we will come measure the space you want remodeled. Then stop into Cabinets 2 Countertops showroom, or make an appointment to come in and discuss your design. Keeping you on Budget - Because design drawings are done to scale, they can be used to determine accurate material and labor estimates and to establish a usable remodeling budget. If necessary, designs and material selections can be changed to fit your budget. Completion - Once all decisions are made you will see that Cabinets 2 Countertops combination of service, quality, and our commitment to excellence will ensure successful completion of your remodel. This is our promise 2 you.
I still remember strutting into my grandmother’s kitchen, a skinny young man, just tall enough to see over the edge of her countertop. With my eyes; I scan every inch of the horizon; scanning as if I were on some sort of covert operation. Always in search of the prize every youngster longs for; a plate of freshly baked cookies. Oh, how times have changed. I’m much taller now and that definitely makes the job of spotting the cookies much easier. Not to mention from my appearance one can tell; I spent a lot of time at grandma’s house. Apart from growing older, I’m not the only thing that has changed over time. The world of countertop coverings has not only changed; but revolutionized! The old laminate countertops that most of us grew up eating off of are no more. Well, only in the sense that recent technological advancements have taken grandma’s laminate countertops and made them three times more wear resistant. According to Kim Rich from Wilsonart International they’ve been able to use technologies first developed in the laminate flooring industry and apply them to Wilsonart’s High Definition line of countertop offerings. Not that you’ll be walking on your countertops anytime soon; the wear resitance of flooring built into a countertop covering is definitely a product feature worth mentioning. Day in and day out customers come into our place of business and say “SHOW ME THE GRANITE!” Perhaps it’s a logical decision or just human nature. One could debate we have been eating off stone since the caveman era for the last 200,000 years. Granite is available in a wide assortment of colors. If you have never owned granite before; you should consider a [...]