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Granite is a Renovator's Dream

The names alone are enough to fill you with desire and forget about anything as mundane as cleaning your granite countertop. Blue Galaxy. Café Imperial. Tropical Brown. Blue Baha. Or there's Madagascar with its dark shades tinged with a mysterious green. Stormy Night – whirlwinds of dark cloud in the road. Iron red, with its vivid, surprising streaks.
Granite is a stone of many faces and no two pieces are alike. It's no wonder why the stone has become a home renovator's dream – and the good news is, this beautiful stone doesn't require a lot of maintenance.

Cleaning Your Granite Countertop

The durability of granite means it can last a lifetime (or longer). It is a permeable stone so spills should be cleaned up relatively quickly, lest the liquid infiltrate and dull the patina of the stone. For daily spills, a clean rag, water, and a mild soap cleanser will suffice. Most hardware stores, dealers, and building centres also sell stone soap.
It is important never to use harsh chemicals on granite or expose its surface to strong acidic products like lemons and limes. When using them in food preparation, simply use a cutting board. And, finally, it is necessary to reseal the granite periodically to help reduce its porosity.
As a countertop, granite is durable and able to withstand all the daily use and abuse that a counter receives. Its heat and fire resistance makes it impervious to damage or discoloration if a hot pot or item is placed on it. Nor does it scratch easily, which means that cutting can be done directly on its surface, though cutting boards are recommended. And it comes in magnificent impressive slabs – or versatile tiles; your choice.

Some Surprising Facts About the Cost of Granite!

There is a colour of granite to suit the décor of any home. A kitchen with natural light will pick up the speckles and striations. There are lighter shades to brighten darker rooms. It is all unique, beautiful – and very, very practical. But mention granite and the first question will always be about cost. Granite LOOKS expensive, so it must be so, right?
Not necessarily. First of all, if you prorate the initial cost of purchase and installation over its lifespan, which is longer than any other stone, then granite is cost-effective. Tiles are even cheaper than the slabs, and can accommodate existing kitchen configurations, thus doing away with any need to move cabinetry or islands during the installation.
One retailer estimates the cost of granite at $80 per square foot (or $860 per square metre). Which at first sounds expensive, but that price includes the stone and the complete cost of installation. In addition, good dealers will include long-term warranties in their price.
There is another option that can reduce costs even further. Many retailers will over-order stone when working on a project. That leftover material (the remnants) are often sufficiently large to work as a countertop, or stone accent. By using it, you are saving it from landfill – and making your own kitchen a showplace.

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