Posts Tagged ‘granite’

  • Caring for the Surfaces in Your Home

    Date: 2011.07.20 | Category: Tips and Advice | Response: 0

    Real Simple posted a fantastic resource as a guide for knowing how to clean and care for the different surfaces in your home. The surfaces range from butcher blocks, to granite, limestone, ceramic tile, slate, marble and more.

    We wanted to share some of the helpful tips with you on our blog! To read the full article click here. 


    From the Garretson Tile Gallery

    Ceramic Tile:
    Use: For glazed tiles, one capful of isopropyl alcohol in one gallon of water. For unglazed tile, like terra-cotta, a few drops of dishwashing liquid.
    Tools: A cloth or mop.
    Tips: Rinse with water and a clean cloth. Avoid oil soaps or ammonia, which will yellow grout. Avoid vinegar, which will damage grout.
    Tough stains: Use a scraper or putty knife to remove stubborn debris. Use a nylon scrubbing pad dampened with dishwashing liquid to remove stains from grout. Apply grout sealer twice a year to prevent stains.

    Use: A few drops of dishwashing liquid and warm water.
    Tools: A cloth, sponge, or mop.
    Tips: Sweep or vacuum stone floors regularly; stone surfaces are susceptible to damage from grit. Rinse with a clean, soft cloth. Apply a penetrating sealer, available at stone dealers and home centers, every two to three years to prevent deep stains. Avoid abrasive cleansers, which can scratch, and ammonia and nonchlorine bleach, which can dull the surface.

    Use: A few drops of dishwashing liquid and warm water.
    Tools: A cloth, sponge, or mop.
    Tips: Sweep or vacuum floors regularly. Wipe up spills with a clean, soft cloth. Apply a penetrating sealer, available at stone dealers and home centers, every year to prevent deep stains. As with limestone, don’t use abrasive cleansers, vinegar, and lemon-based cleansers.
    Tough stains: Use a ready-made poultice, available at stone dealers.

    Use: Plain water.
    Tools: A microfiber cloth.
    Tips: For extremely dirty windows, make a solution of one part vinegar to one part warm water and use a squeegee. To reduce streaking don’t clean windows in the heat of the day.
    Tough stains: Rub tough streaks with crumpled newspaper and the vinegar solution.

  • Benefits of Granite Countertops

    Date: 2010.09.20 | Category: Kitchens, Tips and Advice | Response: 0

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    We came across this great information about granite countertops and thought it was worth repeating on our blog! If you are considering a granite countertop, here are some benefits to keep in mind: (courtesy of

    • Granite countertops are very affordable.
    • Each and every granite stone is unique.
    • Granite counter tops are beautiful.
    • Comfortable in any decor.
    • It is impossible to duplicate the true beauty of granite.
    • The sunlight dances off the small crystals and changes the appearance of your stone throughout the day.
    • You will still admire the beauty of your natural stone five years down the road.
    • There are hundreds of color choices.
    • Many different patterns… veins, specks, and swirls.
    • There are many sink style options including farm sinks, vessel sinks, under mount sinks and drop in sinks.
    • A few different sink finishes available to compliment your granite countertops include ceramic, copper, stainless steel, granite, onyx, marble, sandstone, limestone….
    • Granite is colored all the way through.
    • This natural stone is readily available.
    • It’s easy to clean.
    • Granite is a sanitary countertop material. It does not harbor bacteria.
    • Granite can usually be repaired if it’s damaged.
    • It’s not a trend.
    • Kid Friendly.
    • It is strong.
    • Granite is hard to scratch.
    • You can cut on it.
    • It’s a hard stone to polish and finish. It’s even harder to wear off the polished finish.
    • Granite is durable, it will last your lifetime and more.
    • Hot items such as griddles, fryers, and toaster ovens won’t burn or leave char marks on your granite countertop.
    • The cool surface of the stone is perfect for rolling out candy or dough.
    • If you don’t like the cool surface, put in floor heating under the granite. This works for countertops as well as floors.
    • Granite is a siliceous stone and NOT highly susceptible to damage from acids.
    • Not all granites need to be sealed.
    • Sealing Granite is simple. It’s similar to waxing your car.
    • Granite can have arches, curves, and 90 degree angles.
    • One of the top benefits of granite countertops:
      Your property value will increase.

    What questions do you have about granite countertops? We’d love to answer them!