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Kitchen Remodeling

10 Questions You Should Answer Before Kitchen Remodeling

Are you all excited to rip out your kitchen countertops and do a major makeover because of what you saw on those home improvement shows? While kitchen remodeling can certainly improve your home, you need to know exactly why you are doing it, how you plan to go about it, and into what you are getting yourself. Here are 10 searching questions you should answer before plunging headlong into kitchen remodeling.

1. Can you afford it?

The first thing you need to ask yourself is if you can afford a major remodel. Many homeowners have found themselves at a standstill after getting their remodeling halfway done, only to find they don’t have enough money to finish the job.
It takes dedication to go through a kitchen remodel, so make sure you have all your ducks in a row before starting on one. Take a serious look at your finances for the next 6 months to establish how much disposable income you can invest in your kitchen.
Once you have a solid figure, get several quotes from remodeling companies to compare them. Hash out all the details of the project to make sure you allow for all contingencies, such as rewiring if it becomes necessary. It helps if you can work with a reliable local company that will not stiff you with hidden costs mid-project. Check reviews to find likely companies in your area.

2. Are you doing it for you?

Many homeowners choose to do kitchen remodeling to make it more sellable. However, if you do not intend to sell for the next two years, then you should make decisions based on what you like. Following trends is fine as long as it jives with your personal tastes, but they should not supersede it.

3. Are you considering the big picture?

Remodeling your kitchen to update it is generally a great idea, but you have to look at the context. If you live in a beautiful old house with all the charm of the period, an ultra modern kitchen would look odd. You might want to consider keeping some of the features and even appliances that keep the kitchen in step with the rest of the home, and focus on improving the function and efficiency of the room in cleverly hidden ways.
On the other hand, if your home is old but ugly, a new kitchen design might serve as the starting point for bringing the rest of the home to the 21st century. It all depends on the big picture.

4. Do you have the budget for quality cabinets?

Kitchen cabinets take a large bite out of the remodeling budget, so make sure you have one big enough to buy the quality stuff. Top cabinet brands offer RTA cabinets that are more affordable than custom ones, but of equal quality. If you still cannot afford them, you might be better off refacing or refinishing your old cabinets instead of buying poor quality ones.

5. Will you need to replace all your appliances?

Keeping old, inefficient appliances is a false economy. On the other hand, replacing them with professional grade ones might be a bit over the top. If you use your kitchen like a regular person and not a chef, then you should choose new appliances appropriate for your needs and use. You should also keep the ones that are relatively new and efficient.

6. Are you a good fit for trends?

If you check kitchen trends, you might see some that look very attractive, such as glass-fronted cabinets. However, that requires always keeping the contents neat and orderly as well a display-worthy. Is that a good description of your lifestyle and kitchen items? If you are more of a casual person, closed fronted cabinets might be more your speed.

7. Do you know what you need?

Before making any grand plans for your new kitchen, take stock of what you have. The best kitchens are the most efficient ones. They have an accessible place for everything. You need to plan for accommodating everything you own (or plan to keep) in the right areas for use. If you do, you will know how much space you need in terms of cabinets and countertops, and the accessories you need to organize your stuff.

8. Do you want space between your wall cabinets and ceiling?

You might be surprised at how many people choose to keep some space between their wall cabinets and ceilings. They probably never realized how much work would go into keeping those spaces clean! On the other hand, those spaces can come in handy if you have plans of putting in plants or displaying artwork and prized collections. Generally, however, you can maximize your vertical space better by taking your wall or tall cabinets all the way to the ceiling.

9. Will you need a pro?

Getting inspiration online for your kitchen design is fine, but they seldom translate well to variations specific to your needs. You will probably need a designer to translate the look you want to the kitchen you can have. As long as you include the design fee in your budget, you should be fine. Some remodeling companies like Fairfax Kitchen Bath offer free design consultation, so you should take advantage.

10. How far can you go?

A remodel is a good opportunity to get the kitchen you want. Take it to express your personality as far as you can, unless you are planning to sell your home any time soon. You want to distinguish your kitchen from all the others, so go out on a limb. Choose colors and designs you like, and not what design sites say is in. Go wacky, go emo, go wherever you want. It is your kitchen, after all.

Conclusion

You need to answer these 10 questions before a remodel to help you make some major decisions about your kitchen design. They will also help you choose the contractor you need to carry out your project. Fairfax Kitchen Bath guarantees you will love your new kitchen for life.
Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products.

We sell only top-quality products for all your kitchen remodeling needs, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your home and kitchen remodeling.

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Millennials Choice for Kitchen Countertops and Cabinets in 2019

Millennials are the biggest population segment in the US today, and dominate the new home market. You are a millennial if you were born from 1980 to 1996. Even if you are not, you will most likely sell your home to one. You will want to know that millennials like when it comes to kitchen countertops and cabinets in 2019 and beyond.

The good news is that millennials share many preferences with the previous generations when it comes to home ownership, particularly with the Baby Boomers and Generation X. There are some exceptions, however, and those are the subject of this article.

Generally, millennials prefer to live in the city rather than the suburbs or rural areas. They prefer to buy homes rather than build one to their specifications, and surprisingly have a more casual attitude towards environmental-friendly products than the previous generations.
Millennials like all the bells and whistles when it comes to their kitchens. They want wet bars, trash compactors, full kitchen islands with a range, and built-in seating. When it comes to bathrooms, there is a return in interest in bathtubs, specifically hot tubs.

One survey asked participants about the amenities they most wanted and least wanted. While the list on both sides of the paper was quite extensive, some interesting trends appeared.

• About 80% of millennials consider a patio an essential feature in a home, despite the relative non-essential nature of the feature to daily life. However, this does reflect the same attitude of the previous generations, so it might be more a cultural rather than generational preference.

• Older generations clocked at 90% for the desirability of Energy Star rated features for homes such as windows, putting it as their second most desired feature for the home. Compared to just over three-fourths of millennials that ranked it 15th in their most desirable list, it was an unexpected result.

• Millennials and Generation X participants agreed on almost everything for their 10 most desired features, with the exceptions being double sinks and garage storage, which millennials consider quite important. Baby Boomers disagree with millennials about the importance of a front porch, table space, double sinks, and walk-in pantries.

• Interestingly, millennials put a top priority on laundry rooms, ranking it as their most desired feature.
While these general preferences are certainly interesting, it would be more useful to get down to specifics in design. A National Association of Home Builders survey set out to find out the millennials choice when it comes to colors and features for kitchen countertops and cabinets. Here are the highlights:

• Almost a third of millennials chose white for their kitchen cabinets, with 14% choosing black and 13% choosing gray. About 20% chose espresso and other dark colors and more than 15% chose the middle shades.

• Cabinet color preferences reflect similarities between millennials and previous generations, with the exception of black and dark cabinets. Fewer Baby Boomers (9%) chose dark cabinets, and even fewer (2%) chose black cabinets. About the same number of Generation X people (19%) like dark cabinets, but a lot fewer (8%) chose black.

• More than half (64%) of millennials chose a stainless steel finish for their appliances, followed by 22% choosing black. White appliances took third place at just 12%.

• Appliance color choices are similar across the different generations, with some slightly higher aversion on the part of previous generations when it comes to black. Only 16% of Generation X people chose it, while Baby Boomers clocked in at 13%.

• A majority of millennials (62%) and Generation X people (64%) continue to choose natural stones for their kitchen countertops, specifically granite. Slightly fewer Baby Boomers (53%) concur.

• Just 17% of Millennials and 15% of Generation X people chose engineered quartz, despite reports that it is currently the most popular materials for kitchen countertops. This might be attributable somewhat to the fact that more than a quarter (28%) of Baby Boomers chose it over natural stones.

Survey says

All that these surveys show is that millennials do not greatly differ from previous generations in their preferences when it comes to home ownership and design. They do tend to be a lot more vocal about what they think, but when it comes to the crunch, they tend to be rather conventional when it comes to colors and features.

That said, there are a few interesting results that might pay to take notice. They consider walk-in pantries and a full kitchen islands desirable, as well as hot tubs. They also prefer white cabinets and granite countertops. These can help you in making some choices when it comes to kitchen and bathroom remodeling, especially if you are aiming to impress or sell.

Conclusion

Knowing what prospective homebuyers might want can be a good guide when making design decisions for home remodeling. Surveys show that millennials are not that much different from other generations, but they are much more likely to insist on them. Fairfax Kitchen Bath can help bring your home up to date and guarantees you will love it for life.

Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products.

We sell only top quality products for all your kitchen renovation needs, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your home and kitchen renovation.

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Eight Silestone Designs for Quartz Countertops

Quartz stone has recently supplanted granite as the top choice for kitchen countertops today. That is not really a big surprise. Quartz countertops are very durable and require little maintenance. They also come in a wide range of styles and colors, and manufacturers are coming out with new models regularly.

Some quartz stones look enough like natural stones to fool anybody but an expert, and some are unmistakably man-made, but still beautiful. One of the top brands of quartz countertops is Silestone by Cosentino, and they have some amazing products to offer in both styles.
Silestone provides solutions for homeowners that want the look of natural stones such as marble, granite, and soapstone, but do not want to deal with the issues that come with them. The following Silestone models should come under consideration for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops.

Marble

Helix

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The look of marble is one of the biggest sellers for quartz stone products, primarily because marble is so beautiful but not as durable as granite or quartz. One of the more subtle Silestone models that mimic marble quite well is Helix. It has very faint gray veins spaced widely apart called large repeats. It is only one of several models with this pattern.

Pulsar

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Another good marble doppelganger is the Silestone Pulsar. It has a white or light color background with an intermittent sprinkling of gray streaks and mustard yellow. The veins are in a large repeat design designed to keep the colors from overwhelming the stone. The result is a deliberate randomness that keeps the product from looking too busy. It is a great choice for homeowners looking for a little unexpectedness in their countertops.

Lyra

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Carrara marble is one of the most popular types of marble with a pristine white background and a sprinkling of feathery gray veins. A durable, low maintenance substitute for this is the Silestone Lyra. It has the same vein patterns and subtle elegance as this classic Italian marble, but without the vulnerabilities of true Carrara marble. Some people might say it is not as good as the real thing, but in practical terms, it might even be better.

Granite

Halley

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If you want a neutral or earth color for your countertops, you might want to consider the granite-like Silestone Halley. It is part of the Galactic Series, but It may not immediately catch your attention. The subtle shades of brown and gray intermingle with the cream background, making for a warm look. It might not set your heart racing, but that is not a bad thing in the kitchen or bathroom. Halley is a particularly good choice for seamless countertops.

Pacifica

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Silestone Pacifica is part of the Ocean Series and mimics granite in its arrangement of colors and crystals. It is predominantly brown and gray with streaks of opalescent white that brings to mind oyster shells against a bed of satin.
A striking looking stone, Pacifica countertops definitely call to mind the beauty of the deep ocean. Most of the colors are dark, but the effect is quite cheerful and bright, thanks to the swirls of pearly white. It works equally well with light and dark kitchen cabinets and floors, and it definitely the star of the show.

Kimbler Mist

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Silestone Kimbler Mist is another granite lookalike. It is a Custom Silestone product with distinct clusters of veins and crystals in gray and pinkish beige. It is a neutral stone, ideal for all styles of kitchens and bathrooms, and most definitely a consideration for granite fans.

Urban Frost

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Silestone Urban Frost is part of the Big Rock Series, and as close to white granite as you can get. White granite is very seldom solid white, and this model has the striations and crystals in black against a white background distinctive of granite rock. It is a good choice to give depth and transition to black and white kitchens, white bathrooms, and white kitchens.

Soapstone

Calypso

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If you want the suede-like look of soapstone, but want something a lot more durable, you might want to look at Silestone Calypso. It is part of the Nebula Alpha Series with a sophisticated look inherent to the deep gray color and soft pale veins. You will not have to oil countertops using Calypso quartz as you would true soapstone, and will not easily scratch, either. These are just some reasons to choose this Silestone product over soapstone.

Conclusion

More people today favor quartz countertops over granite, marble, and other natural stones because they look enough like them to pass muster. Quartz countertops are low maintenance and readily available, advantages that put them high on the list of desirable acquisitions.
The only drawback to choosing quartz countertops is you have to get them from authorized distributors. They are not available off-the-shelf to homeowners. You also need to have an authorized company install them for you. Fortunately, you have all that with Fairfax Kitchen Bath.
Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products.

We sell only top quality products for all your remodeling needs, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.

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Faceoff: Granite and Quartz for Kitchen Countertops

If you had the chance to choose, what type of kitchen countertops would you like in your home? Most people today choose either granite or quartz countertops because they are both durable and beautiful. You can choose both for your kitchen in a material mash up, but you should still know how they compare to one another. A face-off between granite and quartz for kitchen countertops is in order.

Basic facts

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The nature of granite and quartz is their biggest difference. Granite forms naturally, while quartz does not. Quartz is a man-made stone, typically engineered to look like a natural stone. If you want only natural stones in your home, then granite is the obvious choice for the kitchen. However, if this is not the case, you will want more facts about these two materials.
Granite forms from the slow cooling of magma under the crust of the Earth, classified as an igneous rock. It is the most abundant type of rock in the world, so you are likely to find some type of it everywhere. The location of the granite will determine the color of the stone as different minerals in varying amounts will make up the mix. The one thing all true granites have in common is quartz, which should make up between 20% and 60% of the rock.

On the other hand, engineered quartz is mainly compressed natural quartz materials mixed in with resins and pigments. All manufacturers use a patented technology called the Bretonstone process. There are more than 50 companies with the license to produce these stones worldwide, although only a few of them are recognized brands in the US. These include Silestone, Cambria, and Caesarstone.

Toughness

Both granite and quartz countertops are very tough. This is due in part to the presence of quartz, which is one of the hardest minerals on Earth, and in part to the formation process.

With granite, the proportions can vary greatly, but the main components are quartz and feldspar. Feldspar is a tectosilicate mineral for forming rocks and makes up about 40% of the crust. It crystallizes as white or light colored veins in igneous rocks such as granite. Quartz and feldspar are both quite hard, rating 7 and 6 in the Mohs scale, respectively. These minerals make granite tough. Additionally, granite forms under intense heat and pressure over millions of years, and this also contributes to its toughness.
The best brands of engineered quartz contain a minimum of 90% quartz in the composition. The Bretonstone process uses vibration, compression, and vacuum technology to remove the air and combine the quartz, resins, and pigments into a tough, solid mass. Since it is almost all quartz, it is about as tough as most granite types, and perhaps tougher than some.

Heat resistance

Considering it formed from magma, which is a type of liquid rock like lava but under the surface, you might say that granite is born in fire. It should have no problems handling high heat, and it does not. Commercial grade granite can handle direct heat up to 600 degrees Celsius or 1100 degrees Fahrenheit without trouble. This is more heat than a normal kitchen can produce, which is why granite is so popular for kitchen countertops. Granite also has no problem handling wind, rain, and sunshine, so it is also ideal in outdoor settings.
Engineered quartz is a little more complicated. The quartz in its mix is resistant to heat, but because it also has plastic in there in the form of polymer resins, it would not be a good idea to expose it to any type of high heat. Placing a hot pan direct on the surface can melt the resins, leaving behind a permanent and unsightly mark. The heat might also alter the pigment, causing it to change color. Quartz manufacturers also warn against using quartz outdoors, as constant exposure to direct sunlight might fade the stone. In fact, using engineered quartz outdoors usually voids the warranty.

Appearance

All natural stones tend to be unique. Granite just tends to show this more because of the distinct crystals and grains of different minerals visible on the surface. You can expect the unexpected when shopping for granite slabs as not two are the same.
If you want something unique and beautiful in your kitchen, and you are willing to work with some weird matchups when joining two slabs together, then granite is your guy. You can get the best results if you hire a pro to fabricate and install your granite countertops.
However, if you are going for a uniform look, you need to look harder at quartz. As a manmade product, manufacturers can make it look like anything it wants, and duplicate that look repeatedly without fail. The results are some great looking slabs with consistent color and patterns that are easy to match, Since many brands have many models that mimic the look of granite quite well, you might just be able to get your cake and eat it, too.

Of course, the randomness you will probably get with granite countertops will not happen with quartz countertops. Whether this is a good thing or not depends on your personal sense of style. Granite and quartz come in a huge variety of colors and designs, so you have a good chance of getting a unique and beautiful kitchen whichever material you choose.

Price

In terms of price, granite and quartz countertops are about the same on average. They both cost about $60 per square foot, but this can go up or down depending on the type of granite or brand of quartz you choose. In many cases, remodeling companies will offer both these materials as packages that include installation.

Conclusion

In many particulars, there is not much to choose between granite and quartz countertops. They are both excellent choices for the kitchen for most homeowners. The only real advantage of granite over quartz is in its heat resistance, although using trivets and keeping quartz away from direct sunlight can usually address this failing. In other words, you can choose granite or quartz without fear of buyer’s remorse because they are worthy investments.

The thing you really have to worry about is choosing the right remodeling company. You want a reputable and reliable one that has the skill and expertise to carry out a project to your satisfaction. Fairfax Kitchen Bath guarantees you will love it for life!
We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia, servicing the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We sell only top quality products for all your home renovation needs manufactured by leading brands in the industry.
You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products, including actual granite and marble slabs as well as engineered quartz samples from which you can choose.

When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in kitchen remodeling and carry other products you might need, including sinks, faucets, shelves, tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, hardwood flooring, and cabinets.

We carry only the top brands, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor. These all come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.

Contact us today to get a free quote and design consultation for upgrading your kitchen!

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Why Choose Granite over Concrete for Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops are a major element in any kitchen, so replacing them with topnotch materials can greatly improve the look and function of the room. Many durable options are available to homeowner. Some of the most popular ones are marble and granite for nature lovers, and quartz for fans of engineered stones.

However, new options crop up all the time that might be worthy of your consideration. One of these is concrete countertops, which began making the rounds in design circuits a few years ago. Concrete might seem like an unlikely candidate for kitchen countertops, but it is a good one. It has been around for centuries as a building material, so it was inevitable that improvements on the technology would result in making it more attractive as a dimension stone.
One might argue that granite has been around for much longer than concrete, although that is not a good reason to choose it over concrete for kitchen countertops. What might help you make the right choice is by looking at several key factors of the two materials.

Budget

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You might wish that price was no object when doing home improvements. Sadly, that is not the reality in most cases. A budget is a very effective brake to a headlong rush to kitchen remodeling, so you must keep it in mind when making your choices. This applies quite particularly to kitchen cabinets and countertops, which comprise a hefty chunk of any budget.

In terms of cost, granite countertops will set you back an average of $60 per square foot. This is for mid-level granite and includes installation, although you can pull down your costs to as low as $35 per square foot by choosing more common granite slabs. On the other hand, choosing an exotic stone can drive that up to $200.

Availability and source of the granite determines the cost per square foot for granite. This gives you considerable wiggle room in your budget as you have a choice of equally attractive slabs that sets the price needle fluctuating.
You can also choose granite tiles, which are not as attractive for countertops as slabs because of the seams but are much more affordable at between $5 and $15 per square foot. A good compromise is to choose slabs for your countertops, and tiles for backsplashes. Ask your remodeling company about this option.

Despite the base material being quite common, concrete countertops cost more than granite countertops per square foot. This is mainly due to the labor put into producing it. You can expect to pay a minimum of $65 per square foot for a simple design, and it goes up from there, not including installation. Installation adds between $30 and $90 per hour, depending on the type and size of the countertops. Installation can run from 8 hours for a preformed (offsite) countertop to 24 hours for pouring and setting the countertops onsite.
To put it in perspective, the cost for 50 square feet of countertops using granite is around $1,750, while using concrete is around $3,500. If budget is your top consideration, granite countertops are the better choice.

Durability

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Concrete is a hardy, stable, and heat resistant compound, which is why it is the most common material for construction and other structures. Sure, it might develop some surface damage such as hairline cracks, but that is not a problem in most cases. That is not the case when it comes to kitchen countertops, however.

Homeowners would not take kindly to having fissures, cracks, and chips in their kitchen work surface. Concrete countertops typically develop these minor problems along stress points such as around cutouts. This is mainly since concrete is heavy, so as it settles, hairline cracks might appear. You can repair these quite easily, but it can be a bit of a nuisance for homeowners.
Granite has no such problem. With proper support and professional fabrication and installation, granite countertops will not develop any physical problems with reasonable use. You can damage it if you take a sledgehammer to it, but other than that, keeping your granite countertops in good heart is a walk in the park. Granite will not scratch easily, and it can handle heat just as well as concrete countertops. If minor problems do develop in your granite countertops, you can repair them as easily as you would concrete countertops.
As you can see, granite countertops are more durable than concrete countertops.

Maintenance

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Both concrete and granite countertops are porous, so sealing is a good idea. Between the two materials, however, concrete is much more porous. You will have to apply a heavier seal more frequently on concrete countertops than granite countertops to prevent them from staining. Most granite countertops require just an occasional reapplication of sealer. Some homeowners even claim they have never needed a resealing.
Aside from staining, concrete countertops might also tend to encourage bacterial growth. This is not ideal for kitchen countertops, so it is something you should consider when choosing your countertop material.

Conclusion

Concrete countertops look very nice, which is why it has become so popular of late. However, there are so many issues with them that it might be a better idea to choose granite over concrete for kitchen countertops. Granite compares very well in terms of the best features of concrete and has none of its problems. If you want to update your kitchen safely, you should probably go with granite countertops.
Fairfax Kitchen Bath can help you with that. We guarantee you will love it for life!

We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We service the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We sell only top-quality products for all your home renovation needs manufactured by leading brands in the industry.
You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.

When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in kitchen remodeling and carry the products you need, including sinks, faucets, natural and engineered stone slabs, shelves, tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, hardwood flooring, and cabinets.

We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor. Our products come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation.
Contact us today to get a free quote and design consultation for the right kitchen-remodeling project for you.

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Choosing Between Matte and Glossy Finishes for Kitchen Countertops

One of the things you have to decide for your kitchen countertops is the finish. This will depend on many factors, including the material you choose. The top choices include granite, quartz, and marble, all of which look great in mate and glossy finishes. However, choosing one over the other can be challenging, especially if you want it to stand out.

In many cases, you can settle this issue by consulting with an expert in stone countertops. He or she will point out the features and circumstances that make these types of finishes desirable, and discuss your own preferences before making a decision. It does help to know a little bit about each finish before your consult, so here are the facts for choosing between matte and glossy finishes for kitchen countertops.

Glossy

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We will start with the glossy finish because it is the default for stone countertops. It is the most popular finish for homeowners because a polished surface is always attractive. For this reason, quartz manufacturers and granite suppliers offer this finish for many of their products at no extra cost. This makes it the easier option, but that should not be the only consideration.

The main thing with a glossy finish is reflectivity. The high polish mirrors any light source in the room, making it seem brighter and lighter. This is a good thing for kitchens with very little natural light, small kitchens, and kitchens with dark countertops and cabinets. However, a high polish can also produce glare in kitchens that have a white or light color palette, making it difficult on the eyes.

The smoothness of the finish also makes it easier to clean. Dirt and grime will have a hard time getting a foothold on the surface, so they wipe off quite easily in most cases. A glossy finish also disguises grease and fingerprints, so that is good news for busy homeowners.

Matte

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Most suppliers of stone countertops might also offer a matte finish for some of their products, but not all. This is particularly true for quartz countertops, which has the finish built into it. You can request your contractor to put a matte finish to your granite or marble countertops, but you will probably have to pay a small fee.

The attraction of a matte finish is its subtlety. It is less flashy than a glossy finish is, so it appeals to some people that want a more subdued look to their kitchen. A matte finish also has a depth and texture not present in a glossy finish, so that is a plus.
A matte finish is flat with little or no shine, so it tends to absorb light rather than reflect it. Some people find it elegant, while others consider it dull. Fabricators use sandblasting to create the finish n natural stone, so it only works well with durable stone such as granite or marble. Furthermore, a matte finish will not always look good in all types of stone. Some granite colors, for example, might look dirty or muddy with a matte finish.

The great thing about a matte finish is it does not produce glare. It is ideal for kitchens with lots of natural light or those in a white or light color palette. It is a good choice for white countertops, as it will not take on the colors of other elements of the kitchen, such as red cabinets or appliances. However, a matte finish is a bit harder to keep clean because dirt cling to it a bit more than with a glossy finish, and it shows up fingerprints more easily. You have to wipe it down regularly to maintain a spotless appearance.

You might also have a problem finding countertops in this finish, mostly because it is not widely available as much as those with glossy finishes are. This is particularly true for quartz countertops. Manufacturers will offer select models in matte and other special finishes, so you will have to choose from them. Otherwise, you will have to go for a glossy finish.

Conclusion

Both glossy and matte finishes for kitchen countertops are appealing, albeit in different ways. It will really depend on your personal preference. However, a glossy finish is usually the practical choice for many homeowners. You should consult with a reliable contractor to determine which one is right for you. Fairfax Kitchen Bath can help you with that. We guarantee you will love it for life!

We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We service the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We sell only top quality products for all your bathroom renovation needs manufactured by leading brands in the industry.
When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products, and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in kitchen remodeling and carry the products you need, including sinks, faucets, natural and engineered stone slabs, shelves, tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, hardwood flooring, and cabinets,. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.
You can see the products before you buy so you can decide for yourself if the quality is what you expect. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products, including actual granite, marble and engineered stone slabs from which you can choose.
Our products come with manufacturer warranties that ensure your satisfaction with the quality and installation. Contact us today to get a free quote and design consultation for the right kitchen remodeling project for you.

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Factors When Planning to Upgrade Kitchens and Bathrooms

Factors When Planning to Upgrade Kitchens and Bathrooms

One of the best ways you can improve your home’s value and function is to upgrade your kitchen or bathrooms. You use these rooms the most in the home, so you want it to be comfortable and efficient. In some instances, you can probably get away with some minor upgrades such as replacing your countertops or repainting the walls. In others, you might need the expertise of professional contractors, especially for bathroom remodeling.

If you are planning to upgrade kitchens and bathrooms in a significant way, you need to know what to expect. Major upgrades come with many benefits as well as headaches, not the least of which is the cost. Fairfax Kitchen and Bath offers some great deals for both kitchen and bathroom remodeling, but they are still a significant investment. You can keep this in control by having a clear plan and strict budget, but you will still have to spend.

Convenience is also a serious issue when doing anything disruptive in the kitchen or bathrooms. You need these rooms daily, so any interruption in service can have a big impact on your life. When planning a major upgrade or remodel in these rooms, you can expect it to take a few days to a few weeks.
If you want your cake and eat it, too, you must think on a few factors when planning kitchen and bathroom upgrades. Here are some to chew on.

Design

person thinking hard
Kitchen and bathroom designs are not primarily about esthetics. These are highly functional rooms, so your kitchen and bathroom designs must reflect that. While you might want a dream kitchen that has the look and feel of a kitchen or bathroom worthy of a magazine spread, it might not be what you need.

The biggest factor in design is lifestyle. How you use your kitchen or bathroom will determine the design, and not the other way around. While a second oven might be cool, if you do very little baking, it is just a waste of space and money to put it in. On the other hand, if you are a baking dervish, then a second oven is a definite must.

Consider how you use your kitchen and bathroom before deciding on a design. Focus on the upgrades you need rather than want, and you will be maximizing the resources you put into it.
If your bathroom or kitchen is already functionally efficient, you might not even need to do a remodel. You might want to do just a bit of tweaking in the design to make it more attractive rather than a major upgrade. Replace the fixtures or put in new countertops. These should not be too expensive or time-consuming, especially if you get a pro to do it or you.

Budget

budget sheet or quote
Anything you do in your kitchen or bathroom has a corresponding cost. Minor improvements are easy to manage, but for a major remodel, the costs can quickly get away from you.

You can avoid paying more than you can afford for your upgrades by having a firm budget. This will determine the type and level of any improvements you make to your kitchen or bathroom and keep your enthusiasm and ambition in check.
To make a realistic budget, consider your disposable income. You should only earmark funds you do not need to pay for necessities such as rent, utilities, food, and transportation. If you are already at the limit of your resources meeting these obligations, you cannot afford to do any major changes to your kitchen or bathrooms.

The only exception is when the changes are necessary, such as replacing leaking pipes or removing moldy cabinets. These are urgent issues and delaying them can lead to worse problems later, so find the funds for it. Otherwise, put the remodel on your wish list until money is less tight.
If you do some extra funds, make a list of the improvements you want to make according to urgency. For instance, your bathroom might benefit from replacing old tiles, but it may not be as urgent as putting in a more water-efficient shower. Get quotes from contractors such as Fairfax Kitchen and Bath for any upgrades you want to put in and determine which ones you can carry out based on your available funds.

Avoid making optimistic estimates when making your budget. Spending money you do not yet have is a good way to wind up in debt. Make a conservative budget based on the funds you have on hand, leaving a little wiggle as you might have unexpected expenses along the way, and stick to it as far as possible. It helps to work with reliable contractors that will provide you with a real estimate and not pile on the charges along the way.

Disruption
people installing kitchen cabinets
Imagine not having the use of the bathroom or kitchen for a few days, and you have an idea of how a major remodel can mess up your daily life. You might comfort yourself with the good times to come, but it does not help you for the duration. Thinking you will “manage” is also not realistic.

To avoid most of the upheaval resulting from a major remodel, arrange for alternatives before getting started. If you have just one bathroom in the home, arrange with a neighbor to use theirs for the duration. If you are doing a kitchen remodel, set up temporary kitchens in the garage or the dining room.

The extent of your preparation will depend on the projected schedule of the project, so make sure you get a firm estimate from your contractor. It also helps to choose a remodeling specialist with a reputation for completing projects on schedule.
You should also consider how you feel about strangers coming into the most private areas of your home. If that makes you too stressed, you might have to rethink doing anything to your bathrooms.

The disruption in your life is real, so you must decide how much you can take. If you are unsure, you might want to go for a series of smaller projects rather than one big remodel. Consult with your remodeling contractor about breaking up the project to more manageable sizes.

Conclusion

Doing a major upgrade for your kitchen and bathrooms is a big decision and requires careful consideration. Think about all these factors when planning kitchen and bathroom upgrades before plunging into one.
If you do decide to do any type of upgrade, be sure to consult with a reputable remodeling company. Fairfax Kitchen Bath guarantees you will love your new kitchen or bathroom for life.

Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products.

We sell only top-quality products for all your kitchen remodeling needs, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen remodeling project.

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Guide to Kitchen Countertops for Matching Color Palettes

Most people put a premium on the kitchen when thinking of buying a house because it serves many functions. Aside from food preparation, it is where household members gather on a daily basis, so it has to be an attractive area. If you are planning to sell your home or considering purchasing a fixer upper, you need to look into what it will take to bring the kitchen up to scratch. This will determine the overall value of the home one way or the other. One of the first things you probably have to look into is the kitchen countertops.

A complete remodel would of course be ideal, but that would require resources that might not be available. Alternatively, replacing the kitchen countertops is a cost effective way to upgrade any kitchen, provided it has no structural problems.

New kitchen countertops can improve the functional and esthetic value of your kitchen and by extension your home, significantly without having to go through the expense and stress of a major kitchen overhaul. The same is true for replacing kitchen cabinets, but these are more expensive. Between kitchen countertops and cabinets, replacing kitchen countertops are a better return on investment.

Of course, the returns will depend on your choice of material for your new kitchen countertops. Ideally, you want it to match or complement the color palette of the kitchen. This might sound easy enough with the wide range of colors available for kitchen countertops, especially if you choose granite or quartz countertops. However, choosing the right one can really make your kitchen the star of the show. This guide to kitchen countertops for matching color palettes should help with that.

Go for granite

granite kitchen countertops
Choosing granite is one of the best decisions you can make for your kitchen countertops. It is popular with homeowners for many reasons, but in terms of design, it is because of the colors in which it comes. Granite colors range from white to black, with many variations in between, so it has a versatility you will not find in other natural stones.

Some people might argue that quartz stone is equally versatile, but since quartz is a manmade stone, it is not the choice for people that want natural materials in their home. If you want to find countertops that can match your existing color palette, granite is the go-to natural stone for that.

The only issue you might have with granite countertops is that darker shades of granite look fantastic in well-lit kitchens, but can seem unwelcoming and cold in ill-lit ones. Generally, you should choose light-colored granite countertops in dark kitchens, especially if you have white appliances. The great thing with granite countertops in light and neutral colors such as brown or beige is you can pair them with backsplashes either in the same stone or in contrasting colors.

Quartz countertops go with hardwood cabinets

kitchen with light quartz counters with dark cabinets
For homeowners with no preference for natural stone, quartz countertops are a great choice for matching kitchen colors. Quartz stone also has the advantage of consistency, as it is a manmade product. Granite countertops are difficult to match and require expert installation for a seamless look because of great variations in the color and pattern from slab to slab.

Quartz countertops, on the other hand, are identical. This consistency is particularly useful when matching it to hardwood cabinets, which also tends to display great variations in grain patterns. You can choose quartz countertops in a light color if you have dark cabinets, and vice versa, or choose to match the existing color to blend in.

Keep in mind that kitchen countertops in light colors can brighten the room and make dark cabinets seem less gloomy. You should also consider the other colors in the room such as the floor and walls when choosing your quartz stone for kitchen countertops.

Black and white kitchens with marble countertops

black kitchen with marble counters
While some homeowners might hesitate to choose marble countertops in their kitchen, you can make a case for it when you have a black and white kitchen. Marble countertops look fantastic in such cases, elevating it from a modern kitchen to a chic one. The delicate look of marble imparts a luxurious feel to a rather sterile color combination, giving it both depth and interest.
Of course, you still have to contend with the issues of etching and scratching inherent to marble. However, these are not a big deal if you use common sense and sealer when using and maintaining your marble countertops. They are tougher than you might think, so as long as you keep the seal intact, avoid putting anything sharp or pointed on it, and wipe spills up immediately, you can have one awesome-looking kitchen.

Mix and match

kitchen with butcher block island and granite main counters
Natural stones countertops continue to be popular even in modern kitchens because it plays well with other materials, both natural and manmade. They look fantastic with wood, which is a mainstay in many kitchens. If you have a rustic or country style kitchen, you probably have a butcher-block kitchen island. Combine it with marble or granite countertops in the perimeters and you have a winning combination. If you have hardwood flooring, you can opt for granite countertops if you have light-colored wood floors, and marble for dark wood floors.

Conclusion

Upgrading the kitchen does not have to be a major upheaval. In many cases, simply replacing your kitchen countertops can make a significant improvement on the way your kitchen looks and works. To maximize the benefits of this upgrade, make sure you choose the right countertops to match and complement your existing color palette. You should also ensure you deal only with a reputable remodeling company to help you with your upgrade.

Fairfax Kitchen Bath is the best resource for this in the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products.
We are experts at kitchen remodeling and upgrades, and sell only top quality products for all your renovation needs. We have top-brand kitchen cabinets of all type materials and natural and engineered stone slabs from Schrock Cabinetry, Fabuwood, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your home renovations!

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A Comparison of Solid Surface and Granite Countertops

Most people believe that replacing kitchen countertops is a good way to improve the function and appeal of the kitchen, and by extension, the home. However, it can be difficult to decide on the material to pick for this. Many options are available, and two of them are granite and solid surfaces.

Some people advocate for solid surface as the better option to granite countertops, while others hold by granite as the undisputed winner for this purpose. Homeowners planning to upgrade their kitchens could face a difficult choice, as kitchen countertops cost a significant amount of money. A comparison of solid surface and granite countertops could help in making the right choice.

What is a solid surface?

Corian slab
A solid surface material is a type of manmade material made primarily of various natural materials and acrylic resins at a 2 to 1 ratio. It first came out into the market in 1967 when DuPont introduced the Corian brand of slid surfaces for residential and commercial use. Corian is the most recognized brand of solid surfaces, but it is not the only one

What is granite?

granite slab
Granite is a natural stone, and the most abundant rock in the world comprising more than 85% of the Earth’s crust. It is an igneous stone, meaning it formed out of magma or molten rock under the surface of the Earth under great heat and pressure over millions of years.
The composition of granite varies, depending on the area of formation, and the minerals in the mix determines the color and appearance of a granite. However, true granite always contains quartz, one of the hardest minerals on earth and usually white or colorless. The quartz content of granite ranges from 20% to 60% and gives granite its durability. A higher quartz content, of course, means a more durable product.
Granite producers obtain granite from quarries, where they cut blocks of it, which they process further into slabs for countertops and other forms. While granite is available everywhere, the most common sources of granite slabs in the US come from Brazil, Italy, Spain, and the US.

What is the cost?

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Solid surface and granite countertops cost about the same in most cases, with installed prices per square foot ranging from $40 to $65. Cost variations will depend on the brand in the case of solid surfaces, or the source in the case of granite. Rare and exotic granite slabs might cost upwards of $200 per square foot, so if budget is an issue, you should choose from commoner varieties of granite.
Installation can also affect the overall cost. Solid surfaces tend to be heavier than granite and break more easily during transport and installation, so contractors might charge more for their installation. Reputable remodeling companies will include installation in their free quotes for granite countertops and may even throw in a free sink and edge treatment.

Which looks better?

Kitchen with beautiful granite countertops
It would be hard to choose between solid surfaces and granite in terms of beauty because both are attractive in their own way. Solid surfaces began life as granite lookalikes, so many brands carry designs that look very similar to granite.
However, natural stones such as granite are rather inconsistent in color and design, so no two slabs are identical. The opposite is true of solid surfaces, which are always consistent. Some people have a problem with such uniformity, preferring the natural beauty of natural stones. Other people find the erratic appearance of granite too distracting and welcome the predictability of solid surfaces. Ultimately, the perceived beauty of solid surfaces and granite boils down to personal preferences.

Which has a better return on investment?

Most people associate granite countertops with fine living, so investing in them is a good move. Granite is also very durable, so they will last a long time. Solid surfaces are also durable, but not as durable as granite. You can cut solid surfaces quite easily with standard rotary saws. To make cutouts for granite countertops, you need industrial-grade equipment and skilled fabricators.
The association people make about solid surface countertops is also not so favorable, as early examples of solid surface countertops did not have the quality it has today. When it comes to return on investment, granite countertops are the safer choice.

How hard are they to maintain?

Maintaining solid surfaces and granite is easy, as they both require just regular dishwashing soap to keep them in good heart. However, solid surfaces are non-porous, so they are largely stain-resistant. You will not need to seal kitchen countertops made of solid surfaces.
On the other hand, solid surfaces are not heat-resistant, and they scratch easily. These are major maintenance issues for homeowners, which is why many choose granite, which is highly resistant to heat and scratches. If you use your kitchen with any regularity, you will want to choose granite for kitchen countertops.

Which is better for kitchen countertops?

Overall, granite is the better choice when it comes to kitchen countertops. Solid surface countertops are still a viable option for homeowners that rarely use their kitchens for heavy cooking, but granite is generally the safer, more versatile choice.
It is also important to choose the right remodeling company to install your granite countertops for you. The expert remodelers of Fairfax Kitchen Bath have the experience to do it seamlessly.

Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

We guarantee you will love it for life. We sell only top-quality products for all your kitchen remodeling needs, including granite and marble slabs from impeccable sources as well as quartz stones manufactured by leading brands in the industry.

When you contract with us, you can be sure you will get a quick turnaround on your products and receive it much faster than ordering what you need from big box stores. We specialize in fabricating kitchen countertops to specifications and installing them within budget and on time.
We carry the products you need for your kitchen renovation, including sinks, faucets, natural and engineered stone slabs, shelves, tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, hardwood flooring, and kitchen cabinets. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry, Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

Visit our site for an online inquiry or our showroom for a one-on-one consultation. Our free estimates and consultation services come with no obligation, so act now!

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Tips for Keeping Granite Countertops in Top Condition

Most people choose granite almost by default when considering their options for kitchen countertops. It is easy to see why, as granite is not only super durable, it is also quite beautiful and distinctive, and works for most kitchen styles, so interior designers love it as well. Having granite countertops in the home ups its value, so it is a great choice all around.

The thing is, while maintaining granite countertops is easy, they do have some level of porosity like most natural stones. They can stain if the sealer fails or you allow liquid to sit on them for a long time. It takes common sense and just a bit of care to keep it in top condition. These tops for keeping them in top condition should be all you need.

First things

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The easiest way to keep granite countertops stain free is to wipe up any liquid that spills on the surface as soon as it does. Pay special attention to oils and acids such as wine, which tends to stain more quickly. It is usually a good idea to blot rather than wipe to avoid spreading the liquid over a larger area, but that should not matter too much if the seal is intact.

You should also make it a habit to wipe down your granite countertops with a weak solution of ordinary dishwashing liquid and water, making sure to rinse it with clean water before drying it thoroughly. Do this even if you do not notice any spills to keep it safe for food preparation and dining as not all dirt is visible. This habit also keeps your granite countertops pristine.
However, if stains happen anyway, you need to know what to do. Here are the steps for stain removal.

Diagnose the problem

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Not all stains are created equal. Removing a stain successfully will depend on the source, and that can be acid, oil, organic, rust, or even water. In most cases, you can tell the source by the appearance of the stain. Oil, for example, tends to darken the stone beneath the surface, while water stains are white residue that stays on the surface.

Methods for stain removal

Use the prescribed methods for specific stains to remove it and not cause additional damage to your countertops.

Water

water stains
You might be surprised to hear that water can be a source of stubborn stains, but it can. Water is not just water. Municipal water is safe to drink, but it still has small amounts of minerals in them, specifically calcium and magnesium that makes water “hard.” Higher concentrations of these minerals make the water “harder,” and result in the whitish deposits when water evaporates on granite countertops that can be quite stubborn.

When you get water stains, you can remove it by scrubbing on it gently with special steel wool for natural stones that has a very fine and soft mesh. That should remove the marks easily, after which you should clean the area with clean water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

Oil

oil products in kitchen
All kitchens have some type of oil-based materials around, so spilling or spattering some on kitchen countertops is nearly inevitable. That should not be a problem if you blot and clean it up immediately. However, if the stain has set in and soap and water does not cut it, you can use a poultice to lift the stain away.

A poultice is just a paste, and in this case, you need to mix baking soda with enough water to make the paste with the consistency of creamy peanut butter. Spread a thick layer of the paste over the stain and leave it to dry. Baking soda absorbs liquids quite well, so it should draw out the oil as the water evaporates. You need to isolate the paste until it dries out, so tape a sheet of cling wrap over it until it does, typically 24 hours.

Remove the dried paste off the kitchen countertops with a plastic scraper, and wipe the area with a clean, damp cloth. Check if the stain is out. If it is not, repeat the process until it is all gone.

Organic

coffee cup on kitchen counter
Coffee, fruit juice, and tea are all organic materials that can stain granite countertops something awful. In most cases, they do not seep into the stone, but stay on the surface as a brownish scale.
You can remove organic stains by using a solution of 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia. Use a soft rag to rub some of the solution on the stain. You should see it disappear like whiteboard marker. Older stains might take a bit more rubbing, but it will get there in the end.

Rust

rust circle on kitchen counters
Rust results from a reaction of iron to oxygen, and most cans have some iron in them. If you keep cans on your granite countertops, and they get wet, they can leave some nasty stains over time. These are almost impossible to remove without a commercial cleaner, but you can try gentler methods first.

One of them is dusting the stain heavily with dry baking soda. Sprinkle it with some water to dampen it a little and leave it for up to 10 minutes. Using the scrub side of a damp sponge, rub the area gently. Check if this is removing the stain even a little. If it does, keep at it until the stain is completely out. If you do not see any change, you might have to get a commercial rust remover specifically formulated for natural stones.

Soap

dull granite countertops
Soap is a mixture of chemicals that can leave a residue on any surface if not rinsed off completely. This is not precisely a stain, but it dulls the surface considerably, leaving your granite countertops looking old and tired.
Remove soap residue or scum by spraying it with a weak solution of one tablespoon of ammonia in two cups of water. Leave it on the surface for a minute or two before wiping it off with a dry cloth. This should restore the luster of your granite countertops.

Conclusion

Granite countertops are a breeze to keep in good condition and stain free if you follow a few simple rules. These methods for removing stains should help. If you do not have granite countertops yet, we can help with that. Fairfax Kitchen Bath guarantees you will love your new kitchen for life.

Fairfax Kitchen Bath services the DC, MD and Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. We are a Class A, licensed and insured contractor, registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. We have a showroom in Fairfax, Virginia, which houses all our products.

We sell only top quality products for all your kitchen remodeling needs, from natural and engineered stone slabs, cabinets, shelves, sinks, faucets tiles, backsplashes, knobs and pulls, and hardwood flooring. We carry only the top brands for these products, such as Schrock Cabinetry,
Silestone, Blanco, Kohler, and Mosaic Décor.

Contact us today to get free in-home design consultation and quote for your kitchen remodeling project.