Formica Countertops for Stylish Affordability

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Formica countertops can provide chic affordability for a variety of decor. They work well with an array of cabinetry, tabling and flooring. It is amongst the very best options on the market today and is immensely popular among homeowners seeking out cost-efficient means of getting new countertops that don’t sacrifice on style and will be a pleasure to look at for decades to come. There are so many great reasons to choose Formica laminate including:

  • It’s easy to stay within your budget when you choose Formica laminate.
  • Formica laminate and other brands have come a long way in recent years. They’re even better-looking now than they were even 10 years ago, and there are many more color options.
  • They are long lasting. Stains and heat are no problem with these countertops.
  • Formica laminate offers you several different edging options like wood bevel accent, 180 wrap, wood edge and more.

When you choose stunning Formica laminate for your Bloomington home build or remodel, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to keep them looking their best for years to come. The Formica laminate installation experts at Imperial Counters have come up with a list of tips to help you care for your lovely new Formica laminate countertops.

Common Sense Care

Hot pads. Make sure to use hot pads with your Formica laminate countertops to help protect from scorching and burns. Any hot material left on the surface for too much time will cause the laminate to separate from its core material.
Cutting board. Implement the use of cutting boards to protect against scratches. Don’t chop, slice or hammer directly on your Formica laminate. And, be weary of sliding ceramics or other abrasive materials.

Keep them Clean

Spills. Don’t allow spills to sit. Wipe up any messes as soon as you can and be mindful especially near any seams. A non-abrasive cloth with the help of a gentle soap will eliminate stains and keep your countertops clean.

Gentle cleaners. A mild soap or detergent is the optimal option for cleaning up your spills. Do not use a cleaner that contains sodium hypochlorite, acid or alkali. Specific types of cleaning agents to avoid include chlorine bleach, lime scale removers, metal cleaners, oven cleaners and tub/tile cleaners. Most all-purpose type cleaners are often a good choice.

Are you interested in learning more about Formica laminate for your Bloomington home? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

Choosing the Right Granite Countertops for Your Unique Twin Cities Home

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Homeowners all over America have been choosing granite for their home’s countertops for several decades. In the distant past, your granite selection may have depended strictly on the stone available from your local quarry. But today’s homeowners have the opportunity to purchase granite from all over the globe. With so many colors, patterns and styles to choose from, it can be overwhelming when trying to decide which granite countertops are best for your home’s décor.

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Granite countertops aren’t just beautiful, elegant and luxurious; they are also incredibly durable and resistant to stains, burns scratches and heat. At Imperial Counters, we install granite countertops in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas, so we know a thing or two about choosing the right slab of granite for your unique home. That’s why some of our experts have come up with a few tips to help you along the way:

1. Pick Your Color Scheme

It’s important to incorporate your new granite countertops harmoniously with your new or existing home’s color scheme. Here are a few color tips to consider:

Dark brown cabinets should be complemented by granite countertops with an old-world look light to medium in shade or have beige or brown speckles.

Light or neutral cabinets like medium brown look great with granite countertops that are grey, white or beige.

Cherry wood cabinets look best with granite featuring rose accents.

Oak cabinets in medium or light brown look great and create an eye-catching appeal with contrasting color granite.

Whatever granite countertops you choose, avoid an exact match to your cabinets, whether it be in color or shade, as this can create a uniform, overwhelming look for the room.

2. Bring In Samples and Swatches

When you come into the Imperial Counters showroom, bring along samples of your cabinet finish, flooring, wall paint and appliances. For anything you are unable to bring in swatches of, take a photo to bring in. Then, place these samples, swatches and photos on or around the granite slab to see how it all looks together. That way, you can be sure your new granite countertops won’t contrast with the rest of the room.

3. Brighten Things Up

Consider your home’s lighting. No matter how beautiful your granite countertop selection, if your lighting is poor, you won’t be able to appreciate them as they’re meant to. Granite counters are a great way to add value to your home, so make sure you’re getting the most out of them. Ample natural light and a string of pendant lights can brighten up the room and allow your granite countertops to shine.

Are you ready to look into granite countertops for your Twin Cities home? Call us at Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

The Benefits of Wilsonart Countertops

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When it’s time to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, you have plenty of countertop options to choose from. Remodeling can get expensive quickly, so you might be looking to cut down on the price without sacrificing the aesthetics of your renovations. And, this is just one of the many reasons home and business owners all around Minneapolis choose Wilsonart Countertops for their remodel and renovation needs. Here are a few more of our favorites:

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Sustainable
For over 50 years, Wilsonart Countertops has been committed to being a responsible member of the global community. And, their environmental impact has become increasingly important to them over the years. At Wilsonart, they believe in continuously striving to improve their products and processes to ensure minimal environmental impact. Their immediate sustainability goals include zero waste, zero impart and zero barriers. So, if sustainability is something that is important to you and your family, Wilsonart Countertops make a great option!

Decorative
Wilsonart Countertops don’t just come in one or two colors. Whether you choose laminate, quartz or solid surface, they are available in a wide range of colors and designs. This means you are certain to find the perfect countertops to match your unique kitchen or bathroom décor. They are rich in texture and make a stunning addition to any home or business.

Easy to Maintain
Well-known for their low-maintenance qualities, Wilsonart countertops are not only durable, they are stain resistant. Their laminate, solid surface and quartz countertops are all stain and, in their own ways, impact resistant. And, to clean them, all you need is a little soap and water!

Cost-Effective
Wilsonart Countertops are durable and long lasting. By purchasing quality countertops from the get-go you can decrease the chances of having to replace them down the line. Because they are so easily maintained and scratch resistant, not to mention easy to clean and care for, Wilsonart countertops will last you and your family for a long time.

Sold at Imperial Counters
We carry Wilsonart Countertops. Imperial Counters has been the trusted name in countertops since 1973 and we can help you find the very best match in color, style and material for your home’s specific needs. Let us know what you are looking for and we can show you all of the Wilsonart Countertops we sell as well as any other brands you would like to see. Give us a call today to learn more about Wilsonart Countertops and all of their great benefits! Our team can answer all of your questions.

For more information about Wilsonart Countertops in Minneapolis and to find out what we have in stock, call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Quartz Countertops Maintenance

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Specialists in countertops as our name implies, Imperial Counters installs these items for households across the area. One such highly sought after type are quartz countertops. Minneapolis and nearby residents have been acquiring their luxurious countertop needs from us for some time. As such, we see ourselves as expert in all things quartz countertops, including their care and general upkeep. Please see below for some worthy tips on keeping your quartz countertops looking great for years or even decades to come.

A very durable type of countertop, quartz is a very popular choice. The sheer variety in patterning and color scheme has made it so that people keep acquiring this attractiove stone surface for their counters in kitchens, bathrooms and beyond.

Maintaining a lofty look is very simple. Give your quartz countertops a daily wipe down. One trip over the entire surface should be all that is required. Use warm water and a gentle cloth. When a spill occurs, do as any rational and functional human being would do and wipe them up immediately so as to not allow the liquid to dry on the surface. Should a spill occur that for one reason or another stubbornly clings to the surface, upgrade your implement from a soft cloth to a non-abrasive sponge or cleaning pad. Apply gentle pressure. If this does not work, step your implement up again to steel wool, which will get the job done.   

Always use trivets, heating pads and cutting boards with quartz countertops. Though they are heat and scratch resistant, it is recommended that you apply such common sense to common hot items or cuttable edibles found within a kitchen. Better safe than sorry.

When it comes to using standard cleaning products found in the marketplace, avoid bleach or anything that contains it. Cleaners that bring with it high pH levels (think oven cleaners and solvents) should not be put to use with your quartz countertops.

Other simple common sense practices apply like keeping permanent markers away from the surface of your quartz countertops. Common sense rules the day in their upkeep, do not take chances on blemishing your quartz countertops through carelessness.

Quartz countertops are a blend (93% quartz, 7% resins and binding agents). There will be no need to wax or reseal your quartz countertops, due to this. They will maintain there shiny veneer so long as you hold up your end of the deal in the form of simple maintenance and common sense.

Are you interested in getting more information about quartz countertops in Minneapolis? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Online Estimate.

Laminate Countertops for that Practical Home

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Specialists in the installation of laminate countertops in Bloomington and neighboring towns, we at Imperial Counters are often called upon to make suggestions on how to take care of and properly clean them. We would like to take this opportunity to share some tips on exactly how to keep those laminate countertops looking every bit as sharp as the very day that they were put into place.

Incredibly simple, the act of keeping your laminates maintained. As nonporous countertops, bacteria and germs will not fester within them, only to linger and cause health concerns for you and yours. Disinfection can be thrown out the window, at least as far as your new laminate countertops go. Whenever the need arises, draw a little warm water, grab a soft cloth and squeeze in some mild soap. Wipe them down any time a spill occurs and you are good to go.

If a stain does land and stay on your laminate countertops, don’t fret. Assemble a simple blend of baking soda and water. Spread that concoction across your stain and allow three to five minutes to pass for drying purposes and wipe away. If you do not wish to scrub, laminate countertops are the way to go. Scrubbing the surface of laminate countertops, especially when using a stronger blend of chemicals (like our suggested mixture above), would likely scratch them. Just leave it alone and then gently wipe it away after a few minutes are up.

There are certain types of liquids that you will want to keep away from your laminate countertops. Drain cleaners will definitely, no doubt about it, cause permanent, irreparable damage to your countertops—so keep those at a good safe distance away. If drain cleaner is an absolute necessity for a drain that exists near your laminates, lay some thick cloth or padding protection down that will prevent even the tiniest drop from landing on it. Or, dump the drain cleaner into a container that offers less drip and spill worry.

Laminate countertops will be a great addition to your home. Simple, practical, coming in a wide variety of colors, laminates offer ease in every sense and will look great throughout the years. Excellent for families of all shapes and sizes, you will always be able to find a laminate that matches well with your kitchen décor.

Do you want to learn more about laminate countertops in Bloomington? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903, or you can contact us and get a Free Estimate on our installation and fabrication services!

Proper Care for Your Granite Countertops

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A wonderful addition to any home, granite countertops add a touch of class and luxury to your bathrooms, kitchens and/or outdoor entertainment areas—they even add resale value to your home. Installers of granite countertops in Stillwater MN and surrounding environs, we at Imperial Counters would like to share  a few suggestions on how you can care for and maintain your new counters so they can last decades, even for the rest of your life!

Some common sense applies to making your granite countertops last. Always use coasters with beverages, utilize pot holders when anything hot is to be placed upon them (granite countertops are heat-resistant but not heat proof). Storing liquids on your countertops should be done at a minimum. Should dripping or spills occur from any such errantly-placed liquids, staining is likely. Stay on top of leaks and the like and all should be fine.

When preparing food on your granite countertops always use a cutting board instead of cutting up food bits directly on the surface. Granite countertops are stain resistant. If a more powerful than the norm type of liquid does indeed stain them, try removing them with a poultice. For oily staining, use baking soda and water to remove the blemish. If staining occurs as a result of organic stuffs, try an acetone and baking soda mix. Always use a non-abrasive cleaner on your granite countertops.

Your granite countertops should be sealed every one to two years to keep them at their shiny best. If you are one of those that are at risk for having your granite countertops resealed too often, be wary—cloudy residues surface when hitting the well too many times here. Too see if you are due for a resealing, conduct an absorbency test. Place a drop of water on the granite, letting it stand for 15 minutes. Wipe it up. If you spot a dark stain where the drop was, look into a resealing. This test is indicative of your granite countertops tendency to slowly meander back to its more porous, naturally occurring state.

Another thing to be mindful of with your granite countertops is that too much weight should not rest upon them, or at any one spot for too long. Tempting as it may be for family and friends alike, do not let anyone sit or stand on your granite countertops, either. Too much weight in one place for too long can cause damage to the granite.

For more information on granite countertops in Stillwater MN, call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a free estimate.

Your Foundation is Solid, So Should Be Your Countertops

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The time has come to remodel your kitchen, your bathroom, or both. An overhaul on your home can get pretty expensive, pretty quickly. If price is a concern but you do not wish to sacrifice any of the aesthetic joy in your efforts, think solid surface countertops for your Hastings area home. Solid surface countertops are a worthy choice if you are seeking a type that can be easily refinished to be made to look brand new within a matter of just a few hours—should they wear down or not look their best after time passes.

Eye up some of the other positives things solid surface countertops offer:

 Customization

Solid surface countertops can easily be altered to fit your needs and wants. They can be seamlessly integrated in combination with bathroom or kitchen sinks. You can choose practically any edging style or even add a matching backsplash. Anything you can imagine can be done cheaply and quickly with solid surface countertops.

Decorative

There are so many colors to choose from when it comes to solid surface countertops. These are available in a huge variety of colors and designs, so finding the ideal countertops to match your kitchen or bathroom décor will not be challenging.

Durable

Because they are so easily maintained and scratch resistant, not to mention easy to clean and care for, these countertops will last you and your family for a long time. They are a wise long-term investment and not expensive to replace should it come time to implement a different color scheme in your bathroom or kitchen. Should your solid surface countertops get scratched, these blemishes can be buffed out pretty easily—making them a solid choice for families with small children. Non-porous, bacteria growth will not be a concern. They do not require any special cleaning products; just make the effort to wipe them down daily with water and a soft cloth, to keep your solid surface countertops looking their absolute best. Should dirt or grime accumulate, try an ammonia-based cleaner, rinsing them dry after application and wiping. If your home runs hard water, look out for spot formation on your solid surface countertops. Wipe up water and other spills immediately to avoid them.

For more information on solid surface countertops in Hastings, call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Consider Laminate Countertops For Your Kitchen Remodel

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An endless array of choices exist for countertops in your kitchen. You have your high-end options such as granite and marble types, and wood. If you are seeking smooth surface top that will not break the bank, why not look into laminates? A proud seller of laminates of all sorts, Imperial Counters offer up budget-friendly laminate countertops to Twin Cities home owners.

Laminate Benefits Aplenty:

  • Carefree care—Laminates offer a smooth surface so spills and crumbs have neither nooks nor crannies to wedge themselves into. As with any spill that could potentially stain a surface should be addressed immediately. Typical laminate countertops are easy to clean with a household cleaning product or hot water using a rag or sponge. Cleaning is easy, maintaining offers no worries. You needn’t go to crazy in caring for these counters, just be careful with your usage of abrasive cleaners and exposing them to high temperatures. Another bonus is that they do not require being sealed!
  • Wallet ease—A no-brainer when it comes to cost, laminates are substantially cheaper than their stone and other solid surface countertops. Generally starting in the teens per square foot in price (quartz, marble, or granite often running in the $50 to $100 per square foot range), laminates will not break the bank. Another thing to consider with laminate countertops with regard to your money, should you a few years down the road decide you want to get new countertops again, the cost of a laminate will be easier to part with if you had previously purchased a natural stone countertop that you have grown tired of. Also, if you choose to sell your home after having bought laminate countertops over a more expensive equivalent, the lower cost will make your counters easier to part with. If you go the natural stone route in your countertops, the resale value may be boosted into the price of your home—if would-be buyers intend to update the kitchen, this may not be the case and could contribute to a more difficult sell.
  • Stylish— Laminate countertops look great! Maybe you want them to match your mahogany cabinets? Perhaps you want them to offset the bright orange paint covering the walls of your kitchen? Or, quite possibly you want to go with something of a rustic feel, a wooden type of pattern? They come in so many colors, patterns and styles that you will be sure to find the one that fits your kitchen décor.

Are you interested in learning more about countertops in the Twin Cities? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

This is a Formica Countertop, Green is its Color

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Your Formica countertops are a big part of your kitchen ensemme. They work well within the framework of your combination of cabinetry, tabling and floorscape. In the course of any countertops lifespan it will no doubt have taken more than its share of beatings. Formica countertops being of the laminate variety, extra care need be taken to ensure it stand the test of time. We will now embark our journey on just how you should go about keeping the counters in the best shape possible so that they will be to handle and withstand the rigors and tests of time.

Formica laminate is an affordable option for Apple Valley residents that are looking for a budget-friendly way to enhance the look of their kitchen. It is amongst the very best options on the market today and is immensely popular among homeowners seeking out cost-efficient means of getting new countertops that will be a pleasure for the sense for the decades ahead. Enjoy the following tips on how to keep your Formica countertops looking every bit as fine as they were installed.

Gentleness
If you can implement right and proper usage of a cutting board—and not using your Formica countertops for that purpose—that will go a long way. No chopping, no slicing, or hammering on it. Avoid sitting or standing on them as well. Be wary of sliding ceramics or other likely abrasive types of objects across the surface of your Formica countertops. Surface scratching and early breakdown may occur as such.

Break Out the Hot Pads
Trivets and hot pads are friends to your Formica countertop, they not handle direct snd scorching heat very well. Any hot material left on the surface for too much time will cause the laminate portion of your Formica countertops to to separate from its core material. Using these simple instructions will prevent surface scorching and help your laminate countertops live longer, more fulfilling lifetimes.

Sop Up Those Spills
Wipe up any mess as soon as is mathematically possible, just after it occurs. Be mindful of this especially in the case of near the seams—should liquids breach the seams, they may just split. A non-abrasive cloth with the help of a gentle soap will eliminate stains and will quickly solve those seaming issues.

The Right and Proper Cleaner
A mild soap or detergent is the optimal option for cleaning up your spills. Do not use a cleaner that contains sodium hypochlorite, acid or alkali. Specific types of cleaning agents to avoid in any clean-up or maintenance process would include chlorine bleach, lime scale removers, metal cleaners, oven cleaners and tub/tile cleaners. Most all-purpose type cleaners are often a good choice. Once spills or stains are removed, bring in a dry cloth to wipe away any residual moisture.

Are you interested in learning more about Formica countertops in Apple Valley? Call Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903 or you can contact us for a Free Estimate.

The Many Advantages of Quartz Countertops

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When choosing your new countertops, one of the materials you might consider is quartz. It’s an engineered stone that seems to be growing in popularity. And there are plenty of reasons so many people are choosing it! We install quartz countertops in Apple Valley and throughout the surrounding areas, and we can think of several different advantages you’ll enjoy with quartz.

Aesthetics

Quartz countertops come in a huge variety of colors and patterns, so it won’t really matter what color your cabinets are or any of the other features in your new kitchen or bathroom. You can easily find a slab of quartz that will complement the rest of the room. Quartz countertops come in every shade from white to beige to gray to black, and you can also find them in colors like blue and pink.

Maintenance

Quartz countertops don’t require a lot of maintenance. You don’t need to buy any special cleaners, and you don’t need any special types of sponges or cloths to clean them. All you need are warm water and a soft white cloth. Make sure you wipe the countertops down on a daily basis, and clean up spills as soon as possible after they happen. Keep people from sitting on them, and don’t allow anyone to paint or glue on them.

Bacteria resistance

Quartz is an amazing material because it is also bacteria resistant, which makes it an excellent choice for rooms like kitchens and bathrooms. Again, you will not need to buy any special type of cleaning product, and you will not even have to worry about disinfecting them. Keeping them clean is easy, and this is especially good for those who lead busy lives and/or have large families or a lot of activities going on.

Durability

With minimal care on your part, your new quartz countertops will last you several decades, if not a lifetime! You and your family will enjoy your new counters for many years to come, and they are a great investment. You don’t need to worry about having them resealed, and you just need to be sure to keep them clean with water and a soft cloth. That’s it!

For more information on quartz countertops in Apple Valley or the surrounding areas, call us at Imperial Counters at 651-437-3903, or you can feel free to contact us to get a Free Online Estimate.