Holidays, birthdays, and other events that bring people to your home inevitably create a focal point in the kitchen. Celebrations and socializing always have some food and beverages, and it's only natural to congregate in the kitchen during joyous occasions.
People often refresh their homes before the winter holiday season, and it's a great time to make sure your home is looking its best. Remodeling, at any time of year, is a great way to increase the value of your home. The kitchen is often a home's biggest asset, so it makes sense as the place to start when you want to get the most for your money.
At Any Top Shop, we'll help you make the most of your kitchen, no matter its size or style. Whether it's a small refresh or a brand-new dream kitchen, we have the countertops you'll need to bring your vision to life.
As Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years approach, take a look at your granite counters: are they ready to be the focal point in your kitchen? While granite countertops are low maintenance, they can still use some TLC from time to time. It only takes a couple of hours to get your granite countertops looking their best for your holiday parties.
Now you're probably thinking that preparing for the holidays is stressful enough without worrying about the state of the kitchen counters. But they're one of the first things people see when they come into your home, whether they're dropping off their potluck contribution or just making themselves a drink.
Kitchen countertops are a major part of the style and functionality of the kitchen, and in fact they can set the tone for the whole house. It doesn't take much effort to refresh your counters and have them looking stunning.
The best thing about granite counters is that you don't have to do anything special to get them looking great. As long as you're regularly wiping down the counters with diluted dish soap and warm water, and drying them with a soft cloth, you're well on your way. If you've had a particularly heavy bout of cooking, you can disinfect the counters with a solution of 91% isopropyl alcohol and water, which will eliminate any lingering contamination.
If your counters are looking a little dingy, a thorough cleaning and disinfecting will breathe new life into them. These tips should help you get your kitchen holiday-ready. If you're refurbishing your kitchen, make sure you have a remodeling company with a great reputation to make sure you're getting the best product and installation.
Resealing your Granite Countertops
If your granite countertops haven't been kept clean well, or been cleaned using an abrasive method, you may need to reseal it. Granite is a naturally porous material, and so it needs to be sealed in order to be suitable for kitchen use. Once it's sealed, it's resistant to stains, scratches, and gouges, but with time and use, you may notice that it becomes dull. Properly cleaning and resealing your granite counters will have them looking like new. It's possible to reseal your counters yourself if you're handy, but you can also contact the professionals at Any Top Shop to take care of it for you. They can identify the kind of sealant that will work best for your particular counters and apply it quickly and professionally, ensuring that you'll get the best possible results. They'll also show you the best way to clean your granite to prevent stains and scratches so that the sealant lasts as long as possible.
There are several options for cleaning granite countertops. Soap and water is sufficient for daily cleaning. Simply use a small amount of soap in some warm water and a soft sponge or towel to wipe down the counters. Be sure to rinse the soap off, because it will give your counters a dull look if it dries on the counters. If your counters are looking dull from soap residue, simply use some warm water and a soft cloth to thoroughly rinse off any residue.
You can also regularly use a non-abrasive cleaner that is recommended for granite counters to help keep it in geat shape. If you've just had your counters professionally resealed, ask for a recommendation for the best cleanser for your particular countertops.
Here Come the Holidays!
The holidays are right around the corner, and if you're having family and friends over to celebrate, it's an ideal time to get your granite counters looking perfect, so they'll become a great backdrop for all the delicious food for all your gatherings.