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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

Posted by & filed under Laminate Countertops, Quartz Countertops, Solid Surface Countertops.

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.