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Countertop Trends of 2018

It can be said that any kitchen is only as good as its countertops. While different people will have different ideas of what is perfect when it comes to countertops, 2018 looks to be a strong year for experimentation and trying new things. The right countertop material can really make a kitchen stand out in all the right ways. This may just be your year to score an upgrade and follow some of these exciting trends.

An Old Classic Gets A New Look- Since the days of classical antiquity, marble has been considered an elegant and luxurious material to build from. However, the emerging style is moving away from the pearly surfaces favored in this ancient architecture and more toward stone that shows a deep contrast between the dark and light veining in the marble. Our Calacatta Arabescato marble is an example of a high-contrast marble that creates an intense modern style from this old classic.

Mix It Up- While most traditional countertops are constructed of a single material, 2018 looks to be a year when more than one material mixed together aims to become more popular. Stone remnants are an example of a mixed material, using leftover cuts from other projects such as granite, quartzite, and marble together on different surfaces to create a single countertop. Combinations of wood and metal may also be used to create different kitchen preparation areas with an ideal surface.

A Sparkling Choice- When you ask anyone what the most popular material for countertops is right now, they are likely to tell you that Quartz is the way to go. Not only does it present as stunningly beautiful but it is one of the most low-maintenance materials available. Its famous durability combined with its stain resistant properties are very practical reasons to choose this for your countertop but don't underestimate its aesthetic virtues including subtle colors and textured finishes.


How to Disinfect Granite Countertops

Granite countertops have a lot going for them, but being easy to clean isn't necessarily one of them. However, with the right preparation and technique, it is possible to be up to the challenge. Today we are looking at the best way to clean and disinfect your beautiful granite countertops.

The separation is in the preparation:
A lot of making your granite countertops easier to clean is how well you prepare them before you use them. It is very important that you make sure that the countertop is sealed properly. Water should bead on its surface, not soak into it. You need to avoid using any abrasive or acidic cleaners because this can damage the seal as well as erode the stone over time. Ammonia and Windex are two examples of common cleaning chemicals to avoid. You should also be gentle with your countertop and avoid the temptation of using its sturdy properties as a cutting board or prep surface.

The right technique:
To start with you will just need a simple clean dishcloth and a basin of warm, soapy water. Mild dish soap is best, and you will not need a lot of it. After you thoroughly soak the dishcloth in the basin, wipe down the countertop surface to completely cover it with suds and wipe away crumbs and spills. After this, wipe away the suds with a second clean dishcloth that has been soaked in clean hot water. Try not to make the water too hot, but the heat will help in disinfecting the surface.

The perfect finish:
When you are drying the surface, do not use a sponge. A microfiber cloth is perfect for drying the surface, but terrycloth is also good for this purpose. Once this is done, you may want to mix together a 50/50 mix of water and isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle to disinfect and help to dissolve any soap residue. Avoid using bleach as this can have ill effects on the coloring of the granite. Gently spray this solution on the affected areas and wipe it away with a clean dish towel.

Enjoy your fully disinfected countertop, and if you need more advice on upgrading your countertops please contact us for a consultation!