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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.