Your "Homework” Will Tell You About Granite…
Thinking of installing granite bathroom
countertops in your Mississauga home? No doubt you've done your homework.
First, there's the emotional response we all have with granite: it conveys
strength, beauty, and every piece is unique. Granite is your best choice to
express your creativity in home design – whether it's in the bathroom
or any of the
Through your research, you will have also
learned that granite is incredibly durable. The stone you install today, will stay
in your house for as long as you live there; and the stone will enhance the
resale value of the home when you decide to move. Because granite can come in
slab or tile form, the flexibility of the latter increases the stone's
versatility as a countertop
As the sales person guides you through the
stunning array of stone available, they will add the word ‘maintenance'.
Anything beautiful requires upkeep – and granite is no exception. It is
important to understand the kind of ongoing care that granite entails, in order to keep it at its peak beauty and
Countertops Require Sealing and Regular Cleaning
Granite is a very porous and must be sealed
to protect it against staining. At the time of installation, the granite will
have been sealed, but this process must be repeated at least once every five
years. Because high-quality stone cleaners contain a small amount of sealant,
each time you clean your countertop, you will give your countertop extra
protection. Periodically, the stone should be resealed by professionals.
Granite also requires daily attention. Your countertop
cleaned after use, and spills should be wiped up immediately. It can be damaged
by citric acids, oils, and abrasives. Good old-fashioned dish or hand soap (not
detergents) are suitable for the cleaning task. Use a clean, microfiber cloth
and warm water to wash away residue. If staining has occurred, a plaster made
of flour, baking soda, and dish soap should be enough to remove the mark.
the Right Dealer
Countless stone dealers can be found. Big
box retailers also sell granite, offering their own variety. But a granite
countertop is not a minor investment. The kind of visual and functional rewards
that granite confers on your home suggests that preparation must be done in
advance, just as maintenance is required after installation.
a dealer for whom granite is a passion, who has a proven track record, and is
happy to provide references. The dealer should specialize in stone, especially
granite, sales and installation. A specialist will offer a good variety of
granite, which comes in a myriad of colours and striations. Finally, choose the
stone dealer who is prepared to share their knowledge with you. The success of the
bathroom countertops in your Mississauga home should be as important to that
dealer as it is to you.