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how to seal granite kitchen countertops

How To Seal Granite Countertops

If Your Countertops Failed The Water Test, Do Not Worry!

Here Is Everything You Need To Know About Sealing Granite Counters

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Sealing granite counters is a process that will allow your granite countertops to shine like new and have a long-lasting life. Many homeowners take into consideration the maintenance granite tops require when weighing the different countertop material options. Although it does require some maintenance, granite is still very much worth it because the natural stone adds value and beauty to your home. If you are interested in other durable options that do not require sealing, consider quartz for your kitchen or bathroom project.

Is Granite Porous?

Is granite porous? This is one of the top questions asked by homeowners looking for great quality countertops for their kitchen and bath. Kitchen remodeling can be a bit pricey so it is important to do your research and ask a professional natural stone expert all the questions you have prior to making your final decision on the kitchen counters you want. Granite is indeed a porous stone that requires sealing to prevent staining from liquids and harm from regular use. But how do you know whether it is time to reseal your granite countertops again? You can perform the water test on your counters to conclude whether you do in fact need to reseal them.

The Water Test To Determine Whether You Need To Seal Granite Countertops

If you are wondering whether your counters need to be sealed all you have to do is perform this easy and simple water test. Follow the steps below:

  • Take 1/4 of a cup of water and pour it on your granite countertop
  • Time the water from the moment it was poured till the moment it was absorbed
  • If the water did not absorb and it repelled instead then this means you do not need to seal
  • If the water absorbed and there is now a dark spot then this means you should seal granite counters

Granite Water Absorption

  • Instant water absorption means you should apply a few layers of granite sealant annually and wipe off spills quickly
  • 4 to 5 minute water absorption means you will need multiple layers of sealer but you will only have to reseal it every 3 to 5 years. Before you reapply the sealer make sure to use the water test
  • 10 minute water absorption means you will need to apply a layer of sealer and it may be many years until you will need to reapply
  • 30 minute water absorption or no water absorption at all means there is no need for sealer at this time
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How To Seal Granite Countertops

Remember to always test the absorbency of your granite countertops before you seal them. If your counters are absorbing any oils or liquids then a sealer will help prevent any harsh damage to your tops. There is no sealer that is 100% stain proof. A quality sealer will give you enough time to wipe off liquid spills before they stain your countertops. It is important to know that countertop sealer will not make your tops shiny. This is a common misconception. Polishing is what makes your granite counters appear shinier.

Step 1: Perform The Water Test

Refer back to the top of this article to understand and learn how to perform the water test effectively in order to find out whether you will need to seal your granite countertops at this time.

Step 2: Natural Stone Sealer

You will want to search for a sealer made specifically for natural stone so that you will not harm your countertops. Products such as MORETM Surface Care has a great selection of stone-safe options such as the Stone & Quartz Cleaner + Protector. This cleaner can be purchased in any of the Cutting Edge Countertops Showrooms.

Step 3: Read The Sealer Instructions

Make sure to read through the instructions and warning labels just for your own knowing. Instructions change from sealer to sealer so be sure to follow them respectfully.

Step 4: Clean Granite Countertops

Cleaning granite countertops is a step you must take and not forget about before sealing them. Make sure to read the guide above on how to properly clean your granite countertops or visit our countertop care and maintenance page.

Step 5: Apply The Countertop Sealer Evenly

Take the spray bottle and spray a generous amount of sealer on the countertop and let the sealer absorb into the granite stone for about twenty minutes (check instructions on the bottle for a time amount).

Step 6: Wipe Off The Sealer

Sometime you may need to apply the sealer a second time. A second coat is necessary for certain sealers so make sure to read the bottle to get the appropriate information on this! Now grab a clean cloth that is lint-free and wipe off the sealer from your countertops.

Step 7: Do Not Use The Countertop For 48 Hours

After following all of the instructions in this guide and the requests made on the sealer bottle make sure you leave your countertops alone for 2 full days.

For more content about kitchen design trends, countertop surfaces, bathroom remodels and more visit our blog. You also can contact the Cutting Edge Countertops team today or schedule an appointment to visit one of our showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, S. Indianapolis and Noblesville to assist you with your kitchen or bathroom renovation project.

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Building A Brighter Tomorrow With A 10K Giveaway

Building A Brighter Tomorrow

Join us as we Build A Brighter Tomorrow with a $10k Giveaway and make a donation to Habitat for Humanity. We’re aiming to advance Habitat for Humanity’s mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.

Donations will directly help families in our service area with proceeds benefiting:

Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County

Greater Indy Habitat for Humanity

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During Kitchen and Bath Month (October 1 – 31, 2020), for every countertop purchase made, we will donate a percentage of the sales with a minimum total donation of $10,000! Donations will directly help families in the Cutting Edge Countertops’ service area. Act today to support the continued efforts of Habitat for Humanity!

Granite Countertops

Interested in updating your kitchen or bathroom countertops with natural stone? Consider granite! Granite is one of the most popular choices amongst homeowners for countertops. It is highly resistant to everyday wear and tear, particularly against scratching and heat. Granite is a porous material but with proper care like regularly resealing your countertop, it will last for years to come.

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Marble Countertops

Marble is a timeless material that adds a touch of luxury to any space. With its unique crystalline structure, marble kitchen countertops exude classic beauty and elegance. Our marble slab selection includes a variety of color options and patterns to choose from. We can assist in finding the perfect marble countertop for bathrooms, kitchens, living areas, and lobbies whether it be Italian Carrara, Calacatta or Statuario.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz is one of the hardest minerals on earth, making it an ideal surface material. Quartz countertop slabs consist of approximately 90% quartz mixed with resins and pigments. The outcome is an extremely durable, nonporous surface ideal for a wide variety of applications like quartz vanity countertops, kitchen islands, backsplashes and other residential spaces.  With technological innovations, quartz can resemble granite, marble and concrete stone surfaces with countless color, pattern and texture options.

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Compact Surface Countertops

If your lifestyle demands the most of your countertop, our compact surface countertops may be just the solution. Our compact surface countertops can really take the heat, boasting fireproof engineering that provides maximum resistance to both heat and fire. A non-­porous material, compact surfaces are also highly resistant to scratches, abrasions, and stains while providing incredible color stability.

Don’t forget to follow along on our blog to stay updated on the latest Cutting Edge Countertops news, countertops information, design inspiration and more! If you are interested in working with our team on your next project contact your local Cutting Edge Countertops or call ahead to schedule an appointment to visit one of our showrooms located in Perrysburg, Noblesville, S. Indianapolis, Troy and Wixom.

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The Best Marble Countertop Alternatives

Countertops That Look Like Marble

Have marble countertops been at the top of your list when thinking about your future kitchen or bath remodel? But now that you’re planning and researching you’ve seen the maintenance that marble requires. Marble is a classic natural stone surface and if you don’t mind dealing with the maintenance, marble can still be a great option for your interior design project. However, if you’re looking for some marble alternatives that offer greater durability, Cutting Edge Countertops has a variety of options to choose from! We have a great list of marble countertop alternatives that will suffice for the real version. Follow along to get the inside scoop on the marble look alike countertop collections and designs! 

Quartz that Looks Like Marble

White quartz has been extremely popular in recent years and it’s clear why. These marble look-a-like quartz countertops require less maintenance and offer a great variety in terms of veining. We will be breaking down quartz countertops that look like marble by two groups. First, we will dive into the designs that have polished looks. Then, we will jump into the countertop options that are honed, matte and have a suede finish. Something you may want to keep in mind is these may not be the best if you are looking for outdoor countertops. Quartz stone is not recommended by professionals for outdoor spaces. Unfortunately, the colors could fade due to prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Nevertheless, quartz is still a top choice around the world for any interior design that needs a little luxury kick. 

Let’s start with the polished looks. 

Bianco Calacatta – Combines electric thick veins with a grayish luminous background. Contrast and personality will extend to any space that it touches. It brings a dramatic effect to either a classic or contemporary taste.

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Eternal Bella by Silestone – Inspired by the world of natural stone, Eternal Bella includes a personal variation of veins and color to create a unique piece.

Eternal Classic Calacatta – A beautiful quartz that looks like Calacatta marble.

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Italian Waves – Sophisticated creamy pearl background with grey accent for a classic or contemporary style.

Desert Silver – Evokes an icy surface creased by fine and clear veins. It offers a very balanced and uniform translucent design. Inspired by the classic and long-lasting marble trend.

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Calacatta Natura – Another Calacatta marble look with a whispy linear kitchen modern design.

Calacatta Gold – Patterned with a blueish and grey vein plus golden shades, Eternal Calacatta Gold by Silestone is inspired by one of the most desired natural stones in history due to its whiteness. Eternity and elegance.

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Now, let’s take a look at a few of the honed/matte/suede finish options:

Marquina SUEDE – With a deep black base and bright white veins, “Marquina” is one of the most exclusive and beautiful marbles found in nature.

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Statuario Maximus – Luxury is exemplified with bold and dynamic veining sweeping across a soft white base.

Pearl Jasmine – Jasmine is a grey-veined white stone with an essence of extreme purity. Everlasting delicacy and strength.

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Calacatta Nuvo HONED – As Caesarstone’s interpretation of natural Calacatta marble, Calacatta Nuvo brings you wide, elegant, cascading, grey veins on a white base. Calacatta Nuvo makes an unforgettable impression and enhances any interior with a touch of high-end indulgence.

Other Marble Look A Like Kitchen Countertops

There are a ton of options for best marble look alike countertops. Compact Surfaces, for example, are thinner format countertops that emerged in the last decade. Compact Surface countertops offer white veining that look identical to marble. In recent years, we have received many inquiries from homeowners and luxury home builders looking for a more affordable countertop that looks like marble stone. Our collections are designed and each countertop slab is individually picked with one thought in mind to exceed your expectations. Next time you are in the market for a remodel and you are interested in a durable and affordable counter that resembles marble, ask about compact surface countertops!

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Aura – Inspired by traditional Carrara and Calacatta marbles.

Opera – Takes inspiration from elegant Italian Carrara marble. When you are delving deep into your remodel and need more kitchen interior ideas, rely on Cutting Edge Countertops. We can provide guidance to bring your vision to life. Call us today to schedule an appointment at a showroom closest to you! 

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Entzo – Inspired in the famous Calacatta Gold, it creates a color that mix gold hues with the characteristic veins of natural marble against a pure white background. Entzo never leaves anybody unmoved! 

KairosKairos features a clear chromatic palette, truncated white and pale cold greys. Its natural veins harmonize with the most classic atmospheres. The statuary marble, is reflected in this color that can be adapted to any space in your project with outstanding and unique properties within the market.

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If you’re ready to view some of these designs in person, schedule an appointment to visit one of our countertop showrooms nearest you! We look forward to learning about your project and helping you pick the perfect marble-look alike!  Make sure to check out our countertop blog for more related content. 

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Festive Fall Kitchen Decor Ideas 2020

The smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven shouldn’t be the only sign of fall in your home. Celebrate the season by incorporating festive fall decor like harvest centerpieces, DIY accents and more! Fall kitchen decor can be as simple as introducing fall colors with seasonal linens or dishes. But if you want a more personalized display, whip up a few fall DIY decorations for shelves like an arrangement of mini pumpkins. If you are ready to get into the fall spirit, try out some of these festive kitchen decorating ideas in your home!

1. Decorate Your Kitchen With Fall Colors

Fall offers a variety of deep, rich seasonal colors to choose from when decorating your kitchen. Incorporate deep reds and golden yellows to instantly showcase the season in your home. Try arranging leaves in jars or branches with leaves and berries to display on a counter or open shelves. You can do this throughout your kitchen to wrap your space in fall warmth.

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2. Introduce Fall Linens

Kitchen towels and linens are a constant in the kitchen, making them easy pieces to rotate and reflect the season. Keep it subtle and simple with linens in fall colors, like burgundy, brown and orange. Go full fall by displaying kitchen towels and linens in leaf or pumpkin designs.

3. DIY Fall Kitchen Decorations

If you have a passion for creating your own decorations, break out the glue gun and paint, and craft a few DIY fall kitchen decorations. Creating your own centerpiece is a great project to start with. Hollow out a pumpkin so that you can fit a vase inside. Arrange fall flowers in the vase and place inside the pumpkin.

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4. Accessorize Your Kitchen Island

Your kitchen island is the center of the room, make it the focal point of your fall decor, too! Treat the kitchen island countertop similar to a table and display a fall centerpiece. When decorating a kitchen island for fall, ensure the decor is functional. Anchor an arrangement of fall items like pumpkins and gourds in a tray or low basket. This keeps everything contained, it’s easy to move the decoration out of the way when you need to.

5. Arrange a Festive Fall Centerpiece

We all have a spare serving tray tucked away in the kitchen somewhere. Gather festive fall elements in a mix of materials and colors, and start arranging. Choose a focal point item, this should be the tallest piece in the arrangement, then add in progressively shorter pieces to create a cascading or stairstep effect.

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6. Use What You Already Have

While orange, red, brown and yellow are common colors when people think of fall, there’s plenty of room for others. For example, if your kitchen color palette leans cool, bring in warm accents for a seasonal change. Working greenery into fall arrangements in a kitchen with green accents helps the seasonal decor fit in with the room’s existing look.

These are just a few festive fall decorating ideas that will help bring the signs of fall into your home! For more content about kitchen design trends, countertops surfaces, bathroom remodels and more visit our blog. You also can contact the Cutting Edge Countertops team today or schedule an appointment to visit one of our showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, S. Indianapolis and Noblesville to assist you with your kitchen or bathroom renovation project.

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HONED VS POLISHED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

HONED VS POLISHED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

Are you interested in learning about honed vs polished marble? Then look no further! Cutting Edge Countertops has the answers you seek. When choosing natural stone for countertops there is a lot of choices to make. From what type of stone to color, to edges and finishes. Something that seems simple, such as the finish, can drastically change the appearance of the stone and overall look of your space. We have had a lot of questions in regard to what finish to choose when adding marble to your home, so here is the low-down on polished vs honed marble. 

The definition of honed is when the stone slab has been grounded to a smooth, flat consistent surface. This finish is created by stopping short of the last stage of polishing, leaving the stone with a non-shiny, matte look and velvet-like touch. The definition of polished is, well you guessed it, the opposite! A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals. Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

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Honed Marble Characteristics:

Since honed marble is a matte finish it is more resistant to scratches. Even if honed marble does get scratched, it is less noticeable because the scratch won’t be as easy to see when light reflects off it, like with a polished surface. On the other hand, honed marble is more susceptible to stains, so it important to clean them up spills immediately. Since it is matte, when the surface gets wet, it is less slippery than polished making it a great choice for flooring.

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Honed Marble Recap:

  • Looks: Matte
  • Feel: Velvet/Satin
  • Durability: Scratch resistant, but easily stained.
  • Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean up spills immediately, re-sealing suggested over time.
  • Suggested Application: Countertops and high traffic areas, such as floors for the bathroom, foyer, or living room.

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Polished Marble Characteristics:

Polished marble is coated which acts as a protectant, making it less susceptible to stains. Consequently, the highly reflective surface means more visible scratches. Since polished marble is very smooth, this makes it a dangerous option for flooring in high traffic areas because or bathrooms because it can be very slippery when wet. It is, however, a classic choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

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Polished Marble Recap:

  • Look: Glossy & Shiny
  • Feel: Smooth
  • Durability: Scratch and etch easily, but more stain-resistant.
  • Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean spills immediately.
  • Suggested Application: Kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace surrounds, and walls.

For more content about kitchen design trends, countertops surfaces, bathroom remodels and more visit our blog. You can also contact the Cutting Edge Countertops team today or schedule an appointment to visit one of our showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, S. Indianapolis and Noblesville to assist you with your kitchen or bathroom renovation project.

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Cutting Edge Countertops Donates To Cannaley Treehouse Village

Cutting Edge Countertops recently had the opportunity to support and participate in the Cannaley Treehouse Village Project with Metroparks Toledo with a donation of countertops for three of the treehouses: The Dragline, The Nest and Flatwood Commons! We are grateful to be a part of taking Toledo to new heights and providing the community with another way to connect with nature.

About The Cannaley Treehouse Village

The Cannaley Treehouse Village is the country’s largest public treehouse village located at the Beach Ridge area, part of Oak Openings Preserve. Designed by the pros, the treehouse project was lead by Nelson Treehouse, of the Animal Planet TV show “Treehouse Masters,” with the help of Metroparks own construction crew.

The Treehouse Village includes tree-attached raised platforms for tent and hammock camping and separate treehouse structures complete with electricity, heat, air conditioning and many other features.

The Treehouse Village includes:

  • A six-person treehouse
  • A four-person treehouse
  • Two, 2-person treehouses
  • Three tent/hammock platforms for camping in the trees
  • A common treehouse with seating for up to 49 people (day use only; ADA accessible)
  • A crow’s nest
  • A canopy walk linking the common treehouse to the crow’s nest
  • Restrooms
  • Common Fire Pit (Wood Provided)

Leaving Our Imprint

Cutting Edge Countertops was excited to welcome the Metroparks team to our Perrysburg showroom to begin the process of selecting materials for the three treehouses. During the visit, they were able to view our extensive selection of countertop materials including stunning natural stones like marble and granite, durable quartz and more. After exploring the options our team was able to help finalize the material selections for The Dragline, The Nest and Flatwood Commons!

The Dragline

The Dragline is a spider web-themed cabin, it accommodates two guests and features a dragline and tube cargo net. Black Pearl Leather granite countertops were installed in this treehouse. Black Pearl Leather is a predominately black granite of a semi-solid color tone with speckles of blacks, golds, silvers, browns, greens and shades of gray. The leather finish gives the stone a soft sheen that is less than polished granite but includes a textured appearance.

The Nest

The Nest accommodates two guests and is designed like a loft, or should we say a nest. It even has a special nook with custom structures to look like the home of our feathered friends. This treehouse features Cygnus quartzite. Cygnus is a blend of bronze, cedar, antique copper, and coffee hues, marked with ivory, pearl and inky black throughout. This durable natural stone was a great fit for the design and environment of the treehouse!

Flatwood Commons

Flatwood Commons is a day use treehouse available for parties of up to 49 guests for small gatherings and programs. It is connected to the Crow’s Nest, which is linked to the Tower by a swinging bridge. In this treehouse, White Macaubus countertops were installed. White Macaubas is a stunning white quartzite with deep charcoal veins and add character and drama to both indoor and outdoor applications.

Getting to collaborate with other giving businesses and individuals to bring the vision for Cannaley Treehouse Village to life was so much fun. We can’t wait to see all the amazing memories made and the positive impact that the Treehouse Village has on our community! You can visit the Metroparks Toledo website for more information on the project.

Don’t forget to follow along on our blog to stay updated on the latest Cutting Edge Countertops news, countertops information, design inspiration and more! If you are interested in working with our team on your next project contact your local Cutting Edge Countertops or call ahead to schedule an appointment to visit one of our showrooms located in Perrysburg, Noblesville, S. Indianapolis, Troy and Wixom.

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Keep Your Renovation on Track With These Tips

Ensuring that your kitchen or bathroom renovation project stays on track is no simple task. It can become a little stressful not knowing how long you may not be able to cook in your kitchen or utilize the shower in your bathroom. At Cutting Edge Countertops we understand the concern this can bring in regard to the actual length of your renovation timeline. That’s why we strive to educate our customers on what can be expected. By implementing some of these helpful tips below it will assist you in properly planning for your kitchen or bath renovation.

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Preparing for your kitchen or bathroom renovation

Your renovation timeline does not begin when the work starts in your home. It starts way in the beginning when you start planning and researching for your remodeling project. The initial step is booking an appointment with a member of the Cutting Edge Countertops team at one of our five showrooms located in Perrysburg, Troy, Wixom, Noblesville or S. Indianapolis. During your visit, they will introduce you to the services and products we offer.

Before your appointment, we encourage you to go online and browse our wide selection of countertop surfacing options in our Live Inventory available on our website to help you get an idea of what type of material and color is right for you. From granite and marble to compact surface and quartz, there is no doubt that you will find the right Cutting Edge Countertops surface for you.

Meeting with a Cutting Edge Countertop expert

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Our experts will work with you to provide industry expertise and knowledge tailored to meet your distinct project needs and the ideal vision you have for your kitchen or bath. From sink offerings, to stain protection, custom edge profiles and more, we will educate you on the variety of style options you may need to consider in order to help make your project not only stunning, but something that will withstand the wear-and-tear of your everyday life.

Planning to shop for countertops and cabinetry

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As you begin to shop for cabinets and countertops it is important you plan properly to keep your kitchen or bathroom renovation on track.  We would advise that you have the framework of your cabinets finalized prior to selecting your countertops, so you know the dimensions and measurements of your space. Please bring all of your cabinet drawings and measurements with you to your appointment as this will help greatly in pulling together all of the project details for your kitchen or bathroom countertop design.

We highly recommend after you place the order for your cabinets that you also order your countertops. This will allow you to secure measure and install dates that align with when your cabinets are installed, to keep things moving quickly so that your countertop can be fabricated and installed soon after.

Planning for your in-home remodeling

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Once you have finalized your design elements and placed your order, our team will schedule a time to get started on your kitchen remodeling project in your home.

The creation of your countertops begins with a template that will be designed after the cabinets are installed. After the template, your countertops will be fabricated. Lastly, the countertop installers will return to your home and install your countertops on top of your cabinets.

Prior to install, old countertops need to be removed completely before our team arrives at your home. While you can certainly do this on your own, Cutting Edge Countertops is happy to offer tear-out and removal services. If you choose to add this on to your project scope we will be able to carefully remove your old countertops for you. To ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible, our experienced countertop installation team takes the necessary precautions to avoid any damage to surrounding areas. At the end of the day the old countertops will be removed from the cabinets and hauled away.

On the day of your installation, you can expect at least two Cutting Edge Countertops installers who will deliver the prepared countertop and put it in place. Depending on the job size, it may require more people. To help this day go as smoothly as possible, clear the pathway for the installation team so they may easily enter your home.

Post countertop installation planning

After your beautiful new tops are installed there are a few more steps to take to get your kitchen or bath back to fully functioning. You will need to plan to schedule a plumber to reconnect the water source. At Cutting Edge Countertops we do offer plumbing services to our customers for your convenience and are happy to provide this service if you would like to include it in your project with us.

An electrician will also need to come and reconnect drains, water, gas and electrical hookups after your countertop installation is complete. This will generally happen a day or two after installation so that the countertops have time to set. If you are also planning to install a backsplash, that should be scheduled after the countertops have been installed. After a good cleaning your kitchen will be ready to go! While this process requires a certain amount of prep work and attention, the finished product is well worth it! You are creating a space that you and your family will love for years to come.

Be sure to contact our team or visit one of our showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, S. Indianapolis and Noblesville if you have any additional questions. You can also find out more information about countertops on our blog!

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The Difference Between Polished and Honed Granite

When choosing granite countertops for your home there are a lot of choices to make. From the color of the granite to edges and finishes. These final details, such as the finish of the granite, can drastically change the appearance of the stone and overall look of your space. There are a lot of questions in regard to what the difference between polished and honed granite is and what to choose when adding granite to your home. Here is the information you need to know on polished vs honed granite to make the best choice for your home!

What is Polished Granite?

Polished granite has a highly reflective surface, this finish will display the vibrancy of the granite’s colors as well as the character of the stone. A polished finish is very smooth and enhances the full color of a stone. A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals.

Polished Granite Characteristics

Polished granite is coated. This acts as a protectant, making the granite less susceptible to stains. This makes polished granite a popular and classic choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops. Consequently, the highly reflective surface means more visible scratches. Since polished granite is very smooth, this makes it a dangerous option for flooring in high traffic areas because or bathrooms because it can be very slippery when wet

Polished Granite Recap

  • Feel: Smooth
  • Look: Glossy & Shiny
  • Durability: Scratch and etch easily, but more stain resistant.
  • Recommended Application: Kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace surrounds, and walls.
  • Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean spills immediately.
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What is Honed Granite?

When you choose a honed finish, the polishing process ends before buffing to create a matte or low-gloss sheen that lacks the highly reflective, mirror-like look of traditional granite. The softer honed finish is popular among homeowners wanting a casual or aged look.

Honed Granite Characteristics

Honed granite is more resistant to scratches because of its matte finish. Unlike with a polished surface, honed granite does get scratched, it is less noticeable because the scratch won’t be as easy to see when light reflects off it. On the other hand, honed granite is more susceptible to stains, so it important to clean spills in a timely manner. Since it is matte, when the surface gets wet, it is less slippery than polished making it a great choice for flooring.

Honed Granite Recap

  • Feel: Velvet/Satin
  • Looks: Matte
  • Durability: Scratch resistant, but easily stained.
  • Recommended Application: Countertops and high traffic areas, such as floors for the bathroom, foyer, or living room.
  • Maintenance: Regular wipe down with water and mild detergent, clean up spills immediately, re-sealing suggested over time.
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Honed Finish

Whether you chose honed or polished as the finish for your granite countertops, it will make a luxurious addition to your home. Be sure to contact our team or visit one of our showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, Indianapolis and Noblesville if you have any additional questions. You can also begin browsing our selection in our Live Inventory.

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Top 5 Trending Granite Colors

Are you ready to upgrade your countertops to a unique yet durable surface, but not sure where to start? Our trending top 5 granite color roundup will help guide you to the perfect stone that meets your lifestyle and design preferences. The beauty of natural stone is truly unmatched, and granite has a one of a kind look that few other countertop materials can compare to. Granite countertops can take any kitchen to the next level visually and often become the talk of the room after a new install. Granite has been a top choice for countertops since the beginning, and till this day continues to be, due to its strength and variety of rich colors and natural patterns. Cutting Edge Countertops carries a wide shade range of granite, so you are sure to find a vibrant or neutral color that suits your style. However, if you are interested in learning about some of the best-selling granite countertop colors in the Midwest keep reading!

Alaska White Granite

With Alaska White granite, you can create stunning countertops or backsplashes, perfect for both indoors, and out! This stone has a lighter background with darker minerals running throughout creating a striking look that works well with many different designs. The white can pull in some lighter aesthetics if paired with dark wood cabinetry, or on the contrary, the darker elements can provide a great visual contrast to white or grey cabinetry. Alaska White granite can vary from slab to slab, so with this material, you are sure to get a unique look in your home.

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Black Pearl Leather Granite

Black Pearl Leather granite is a predominately black granite of a semi-solid color tone with speckles of blacks, golds, silvers, browns, greens and shades of gray. The leather finish is gaining more traction in the design world. It features a soft sheen that is less than polished granite but includes a textured appearance.

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Blue Pearl Granite

Blue Pearl Granite features gorgeous shades of blues, grays, and beige. This blue granite kitchen countertop has a stunning, almost metallic blue background. The shimmering specks of gray and black provide an amazing iridescent look to this stone and to the whole kitchen space. Design tip: Pair Blue Pearl granite countertops with bright white cabinetry to bring out the colors in this material and make them pop!

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White Ice Granite

One of the most popular white granites on the market, White Ice can be recognized by its pristine beauty. This granite has been admired for many years and its popularity only continues to increase. This predominately white stone features mixtures of blue and grey tones running throughout. If you are looking to make a statement, pair this stone with a darker cabinet, or achieve a trending yet timeless design by combing it with white cabinetry.

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White Sparkle Granite

White Sparkle granite is known for its cool white tones and grays highlighted by just a touch of sparkle. These elegant white granite slabs are durable enough to be used for exterior projects including outdoor kitchens, as well as a variety of interior projects in homes including granite countertops, accent walls, floors and backsplashes. Add a touch of sparkle in your home with this granite!

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Trends come and go, but the countertops you choose will remain in your home for years to come. With this being said, we always encourage our customers to pick something that makes them happy when they walk in the room and see it. Shop Alaska White, White Ice, Black Pearl Leather, Blue Pearl and White Sparkle countertops along with many others in our live inventory on our website or visit one of our Cutting Edge Countertops showrooms located in Troy, Wixom, Perrysburg, Noblesville and Indianapolis! Our experienced team is here to help educate and guide you on both the current trends and timeless classics to ensure you are confident in your choice.

Make sure you follow along on our Cutting Edge Countertops blog to stay updated on the latest news, kitchen and bath designs, and more!

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DIY BATH BOMBS

DIY BATH BOMBS RECIPE

There seems to be something extremely magical about relaxing and enjoying a nice warm bath in your home after a long day. Want to take your relaxation up a few notches? Try making bath bombs! Bath bombs are extremely popular and there are now hundreds of options available for purchase. There is no particular age demographic targeted for this product because it is truly timeless and people of all ages have confirmed them to be quite enjoyable.

Supplies Needed

  • 8 oz of baking soda or arrowroot which is about a cup’s worth
  • 4 oz of citric acid which is about half a cup’s worth
  • Half of a cup of the salt of choice this comes out to be about 4 oz
  • 4 oz of cornstarch which is about half to 3/4 of a cup
  • 2 tablespoons of your oil of choice (liquid oil)
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract or more water
  • 30 to 40 drops of your favorite essential oils, dried herbs, and color dyes!
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Bath Bomb Recipe Breakdown

1. Baking Soda

Baking soda is the foundation of your bath bomb. This is the most important ingredient! It is an ingredient that is needed because it is alkalizing and it compliments the citric acid you will be adding to the mix.

2. Citric Acid

The ingredient that is not so common in every household is citric acid. This one you may have to leave your house to hunt down. All of the other ingredients are very common household items. Citric acid is used to create the fizzing reaction we all like once you drop the bath bomb in the bath water. It makes it feel like you were bathing in pure champagne.

3. Arrowroot Or Corn Starch

You can use either or. Cornstarch will give you that awesome silky feeling you love. Personally, I’d go with organic cornstarch but you don’t absolutely have to. arrowroot will do the same job except it will not be quite as silky as cornstarch.

4. Liquid, Oil, And Salt

These 3 ingredients are incredibly versatile and you can go with what you have in the home to avoid a trip to the grocery store.

  • Oil: Choose a simple one such as coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil, apricot oil, or any other oil you can find that you can use on your skin.
  • Salt: Go with regular salt in the pantry or with Epsom salt.
  • Liquid: Water will do the trick.

Make Your Bath Bomb Smell Amazing And Look The Part By Using The Scent And Color Of Choice

This is honestly the best part because it is where you can get crazy with creativity! Do you want blue, green, red, purple, orange, pink, yellow, gray, or any other color? Get crazy! Nobody can stop you! This is your bath bomb, do what makes you happy! You can even add in dried herbs and make them scent free if that is your preference.

  • Use any essential oil/s that you want! Orange, lemon, lavender, peppermint etc.
  • Add in natural dyes to create the colorful bath bomb of your dreams!

The Ultimate Bath Bomb Recipe And The DIY Tutorial Instructions To Making Your Dream Bathbomb!

We do not advise that you make this directly on your kitchen countertops if they are granite counters, marble tops, or quartz countertops. You can cover your kitchen counters with a cloth or parchment paper to avoid any damages.

  1. First, you must combine the dry ingredients such as the baking soda, citric acid, salt, and the cornstarch or arrowroot in a fairly large bowl and then you will have to mix it very well until it is all combined
  2. Take a small bowl and add the vanilla extract and the oil as well as the essential oils and then stir it all up
  3. Now you will add in the liquid ingredients slowly and mix everything together.
  4. The mixture should now hold together whenever squeezed without it crumbling. Add more water if the consistency isn’t quite there.
  5. Push the liquid into molds like greased muffin tins or other greased down containers. Now press the mix firmly in and let it sit for an entire day until it is hard. If it expands do not worry because its normal. Just push it down.
  6. Once it dries to make sure to store in a container that is airtight and use it within a span of 2 weeks.

There are endless benefits to making your own fresh batch of bath bomb mix at home. You no longer have to worry about the extra chemical that will break you out or irritate your skin. You can also make them just the way you like. You can add all the colors and scents of choice and create the silkiest awesome smelling bath bomb for you or loved ones.

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