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How to Decorate Your Kitchen for the Holidays

The kitchen is arguably the most-used room of any family home. We use our kitchens several times a day, not just for preparing meals and making snacks, but for getting drinks and doing chores throughout the day. 

Despite this, many of us never think to decorate this all-important part of our homes, even with the holiday season approaching. Decorations tend to be focused in family rooms, entryways and living rooms. This holiday season, enhance those beautiful quartz countertops in your kitchen with some uplifting, seasonal decorations! 

From ornate cutting boards to miniature Christmas trees, decorating countertops can involve both functional and purely aesthetic elements. Here are some top tips and strategies for decorating countertops.

Keep it Minimal

The first thing to keep in mind when you decorate countertops is that less is more.

Unless you’re a professional designer, it can be tempting to include everything you can think of in your decor. This is especially true when you’re excited to decorate for the Christmas season. But spaces look a lot better with breathing room.

As you find things to decorate your countertops with, try starting with your favorite items and add just one at a time until it feels right. Resist the urge to pile on every decorative item you find at once.

Something simple like a minimalist Nativity can bring the holiday spirit to your kitchen without overpowering the tones in your countertops. Something minimal like this could also double as a beautiful housewarming gift for a family or friend who became a new homeowner this holiday season.

Choose a Color Scheme

Another thing to think about upfront is what colors you want to use in your kitchen. The principle of minimalism applies here, too: it’s usually best to select two primary colors and one accent color and build your design from there.

Of course, the colors you choose for your decor will depend on the colors already featured in your kitchen.

For grey quartz countertops, colors like brown, beige, white and cream work nicely. If your kitchen already has white walls, you may want to focus on brown or beige decorations. Or bring the holidays indoors with snowy accents, giving your kitchen an ethereal finish

The good news is holiday-themed colors like red and green work with just about anything. Still, try to choose colors mindfully, and keep it simple. Choosing neutral colors highlighted with red and green features will not only help decorate your kitchen, but also elevate the overall appearance of your decor.

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Bring in Some Nature

No matter what colors you use in your kitchen, you can seldom go wrong by bringing in some nature. This is especially true around Christmas time when trees and wreaths can breathe a new sense of life into your kitchen.

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Display Your Culinary Collections

If you collect cookbooks, cutting boards, platters or other culinary items, your countertop is a great place to store and display your collection. As long as you stick to a complimentary color scheme, anything goes!

Acrylic book displays can help keep a clean look on your countertops while displaying favorite recipes for guests to read. If your holiday gifts include a recipe book, make sure to include a stand like this design so your loved ones can still showcase their beautiful countertops.

Create a Beverage Station

No kitchen is complete without a coffee maker. Make yours a centerpiece unto itself by placing stylish, seasonal mugs, sugar containers and other essentials in a neat array in one section of your kitchen. 

While our quartz countertops are stain resistant, it’s always a good idea to make sure your beverage station can be easily lifted so you can give your countertops a quick wipe down. Doing so will help keep your countertops sparkling no matter the season!

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If you collect cookbooks, cutting boards, platters or other culinary items, your countertop is a great place to store and display your collection. As long as you stick to a complimentary color scheme, anything goes!

Acrylic book displays can help keep a clean look on your countertops while displaying favorite recipes for guests to read. If your holiday gifts include a recipe book, make sure to include a stand like this design so your loved ones can still showcase their beautiful countertops.

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Whether you’re decorating for the holidays or bringing a new style into your kitchen, decorating your kitchen with holiday cheer has never been easier. And if you don’t want to show up empty handed to your holiday parties, a few holiday decorations can be the ultimate gift for new homeowners!

If you are looking to beautify your kitchen or bathroom and increase your home’s value this holiday season, be sure to visit a Cutting Edge Countertops showroom. Contact us to schedule an appointment with a Design Consultant today for an extensive countertop selection in Toledo, Ohio; Perrysburg, Ohio; Delaware, Ohio; Troy, Michigan; Wixom, Michigan; Noblesville, Indiana and S.Indianapolis, Indiana!

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How To Seal Granite Countertops

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.

Granite countertops are made of different types of stone and quartzite. The many variations in the materials used to make granite make it ideal for use in a wide range of environments. Granite slabs are designed to be durable and strong. The material is also highly resistant to everyday stains and other scuffs. Keeping your granite countertops looking perfect all the time, however, takes more than just cleaning occasionally. But with the right resealing methods, you can keep them looking brand new for years to come.

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 Perrysburg, OH, Delaware, OH, Troy, MI, Wixom, MI, Noblesville, IN and S. Indianapolis, IN to assist you with your kitchen or bathroom renovation project.

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Getting ready for Kitchen and Bath Month

When it comes to designing a kitchen, bath or any kind of room in your home, there are some things that can change the feel of the space entirely. Countertops are a prime example. Most people will spend time selecting material, colors, styles and designs to make their rooms look new and refreshed.

90% of homeowners say countertops are the first item they look to change when renovating their home. Changing your countertops can give you a whole new look without having to re-paint or install new flooring – and can have a big impact. If you are like most homeowners, you’re probably wondering, how do I get started? Or, how do you know what types of options are available? Well the good news is that this article will cover all these questions and more. So read on for answers!

Begin by Planning

If you are thinking about new countertops, your first step is to begin planning. At Cutting Edge Countertops, we encourage you to view our Inspiration Gallery, along with our Live Inventory to get a feel for what material you may like for your space.

If you are replacing your countertops, we encourage you to take rough dimensions of your current tops. Or, if you are getting new cabinets, it is helpful to have the cabinet dimensions. Then, give us a call to schedule an appointment where one of our experienced Design Consultants will personally meet with you to learn about your project and help you in selecting a countertop material type, color and finish perfect for your lifestyle and design preferences. As we move through the details of your project, our experienced Design Consultant will offer their product knowledge and inspire with ideas and on-trend information.

Start Small

Some homeowners like to start with a small project such as updating an existing bathroom vanity top, or giving a laundry room or mudroom a facelift. Adding a new countertop will update the look of the space, without having to undergo a complete remodel.

Cutting Edge Countertops offers a variety of countertop materials including natural stone (granite, quartzite, marble and soapstone), quartz and compact surface. Explore what material type is best for how you use your space. The possibilities are endless!

Consider your Sink

Updating your sink can be one of the easiest ways to modernize your space. Cutting Edge Countertops offers a variety of sinks — from classic to contemporary — and can be paired with almost any cabinet style or countertop material. Envisioning how a new sink can change the look and feel of your kitchen or bathroom has never been easier than with our Visualizer.  You can easily customize the space of your dreams to show how your new countertops will look with AI tools that make your imagination a reality. 

Spruce up your Surroundings

You must think carefully about the surrounding area if you want your home to come to life. For modern homes, you want to keep things simple and sophisticated and can choose a subtle, neutral wallpaper or a statement monotone paint color. Find inspiration in this year’s Color of the Year. 

Another element that plays a part in modern homes is the focus on lines. Your countertops are great for adding depth and texture to the space, so you don’t need to flood the room with hundreds of decorations. 

You can use the countertops as a focal point to draw attention to the linear structure and layout of the room. And, if you feel like adding a dramatic touch,  you can opt for a statement stone that is sure to add a certain flare for anyone bold enough. 

Ultimately, the best way to show off your new countertops is to keep the space open and have lots of natural light. Ideally, you can leave the windows open and have the sunlight streaming in throughout the day.

October is Kitchen & Bath Month and  is all about visual inspiration. As you flip through your favorite magazine or home decor website, be sure to take photos or clip your favorites. Creating a refreshed look at any time of the year can feel like a breath of fresh air – and Cutting Edge Countertops offers many styles and resources for your project, whether it be large or small. Let us help you achieve your dream space. Contact us today to start planning your next home project! 

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Using Stone Beyond Countertops – Fireplaces, Outdoor Kitchens and More.

Naturally, stone materials have been used in homes for years. If you take note of your home today, most likely you will find some kind of stone serving as a countertop in your kitchen, or in your bathroom vanity. Due to varying degrees of durability, versatility and manageability, natural and engineered stone has become a staple in most kitchens and bathrooms. While objectively, these are the most common places to incorporate natural stone, quartz or compact surface,  they all share one important trait : they shouldn’t be limited to countertop projects. Whether it be a fireplace surround, outdoor kitchen or mudroom,  using stone beyond the kitchen or bathroom can help elevate and transform your space. 

Fireplace Surround

Add some personality to your living area by creating an accent fireplace surround. Granite is extremely durable and resistant to heat, making it ideal for wood-burning fireplaces. Plus the wide variety of colors and patterns allow you to customize your fireplace to your needs.

If your home opts for gas or electric fireplaces, quartz can add a beautiful, timeless aesthetic to your home. Quartz is an engineered stone and can mimic marble veining, without having to worry about maintenance.

Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor gatherings have never been more popular, and incorporating stone into your outdoor space makes the area even more inviting. Granite is ideal for high-traffic areas, as the scratch and stain-resistance can withstand nearly any weather condition. 

Our compact surface stone also makes for a great outdoor installation. Made from a sophisticated mixture of raw materials used in glass, porcelain tiles and quartz surfaces, compact surfaces are incredibly durable, making them perfect for outdoor environments. This engineered material also withstands high levels of heat, and is very easy to maintain.

Mudroom

Like any other stone placement, location is the biggest determinant of what stone best fits your needs. With mudrooms, you’re likely to expect a lot of traffic, with the coming and going of your household. The durability and low maintenance of quartz and compact surface alike make either of these stones a fabulous option to include in your mudroom. A seating area, countertop space or backsplash, stone accents in a mudroom can transform the look and feel of an otherwise underestimated area.

Plus, depending upon the design, smaller pieces of stone called remnants can be used to elevate the look. Using remnants allows you to save on your project while incorporating a luxurious finish.

Using stone in your home doesn’t have to stop at the most conventional uses. Whether you are considering a  small or large project, Cutting Edge Countertops can help you design your home to fit your needs and match your aesthetic. We have been in business since 2006, and offer an extensive selection of granite, marble, quartzite, soapstone, quartz and compact surface with a range of colors to compliment any design. Our team takes great pride in their combined experience to bring your vision to life.  Contact us today to see for yourself how stone can enhance your home.

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Summer Looks For Your Home: Stay Within The 2022 Trends

Did you know $15,000 is the average price of a home renovation? Don’t worry if you’re on a strict budget, we are going to show you various changes that you can make in your home to create a sense of newness while staying within your budget.

Renovating your home is a great way to refresh and create a space you love. If your home is outdated or you’re ready for a change, you’ve come to the right place to learn about the latest trends to add to your home.  

Outdoor Spaces

Following the pandemic, people wanted to spend as much time outside as possible. There are ways to transform your outdoor space such as a pool or outdoor shower, or even a fire pit and a hot tub. 

Incorporating an outdoor kitchen is a great way to feel like you have an outdoor escape without leaving your home. Homeowners are gravitating toward the idea of building a simple outdoor entertainment area with a kitchen countertop, grill and other small pleasures to transform a backyard into a dream oasis.

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Creating Bold Spaces

Believe it or not, bold wallpaper is a 2022 trend you don’t want to miss. We aren’t talking about old, outdated, yellowing wallpaper. Bright colors and prints are in! People are using color to express themselves or adding compact surfaces on shower walls or bringing a creative aspect into a space by finishing off a table with a granite or marble top.

Cutting Edge Countertops offers a wide selection of materials including granite, quartz, marble, soapstone, quartzite and compact surface. Contact Cutting Edge Countertops to determine which material is best for your shower wall applications, bathroom vanities, laundry rooms and more.

Going Green

While it might seem hard to believe green is one of the popular trends in 2022, its fresh and natural characteristics draw homeowners to its warm appeal. Bringing green into a space provides a sense of welcoming and belonging into a home and also symbolizes new growth.

Another popular option is to update your kitchen countertops with natural stone, as these surfaces represent the beauty of mother nature and offer an option for a one-of-a-kind stone.

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Sustainability

When you think of green, you may also think of sustainability. Solar panels, new windows, and updated irrigation systems are all on the rise, too. People are quickly realizing that making their homes more sustainable is pretty easy and it can often save you money in the long run!

Home Offices

Now that many people are working from home, offices are a must. People are tired of working out of the guest room and are converting extra spaces into home offices.

Creating a space you love to be in will help get you through the work day. Whether you love bold and bright colors or prefer natural tones in your workspace, a home office is a must in 2022.

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Windows and Mirrors

Another home renovation project that’s easy is adding mirrors. Large mirrors create a space that feels bigger than it actually is. They also can help open up the room to feel more light and airy, which is perfect for rooms in the home that have little to no windows.

Adding windows is a bigger project than just buying mirrors, but people are using this idea to transform their homes. As we’ve seen with a few other trends, capturing the outdoor-feel inside is what people want. When adding windows or upgrading existing ones will allow natural light to enter the home and add a feeling of openness.

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If you are ready to create a space you love, now is the time to do it. Contact Cutting Edge Countertops today to visit a showroom near you to bring your vision to life!

HONED VS POLISHED MARBLE

HONED VS POLISHED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

HONED VS POLISHED MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

Are you interested in learning about a honed versus polished finish? Then look no further! When choosing natural stone for countertops there are a lot of choices to make including the stone type, color, edges and the type of finish you prefer. Something as simple as the finish can drastically change the appearance of the stone, and the overall look of your space. To help you determine which finish to select for your project, Cutting Edge Countertops is here to guide you in your choice.

The definition of honed is when the stone slab has been ground 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 just the opposite! A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals. An alternative to marble-like countertops, such as quartz, can offer the beautiful look and feel of marble, with increased durability and less overall maintenance. Marble-like countertops are offered in a variety of colors, and can be either honed or polished depending on your lifestyle needs.

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Honed Marble Countertop 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 it would on a polished surface. On the other hand, honed stone is more susceptible to stains, so it is important to wipe up spills immediately. Additionally, a matte finish is less slippery than polished when wet, making it a great choice for flooring.

Honed Stone Recap:

  • Looks: Matte
  • Feel: Velvet/Satin
  • Durability: Scratch resistant, but easily stained
  • Maintenance: Regular cleaning with soap and water; clean up spills immediately and it is suggested to re-seal over time
  • Suggested Application: Countertops and high traffic areas, such as floors for the bathroom, foyer or living room
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Polished Countertop Characteristics:

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

Polished Marble Recap:

  • Look: Glossy and Shiny
  • Feel: Smooth
  • Durability: Scratch and etch easily, but more stain-resistant
  • Maintenance: Regular cleaning with soap and water; wipe up spills immediately
  • Suggested Application: Kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplace surrounds and walls
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For more content about kitchen design trends, countertop materials, bathroom remodels and more visit our blog. You also can contact the experienced team at Cutting Edge Countertops to schedule an appointment to visit one of our showrooms located in Perrysburg, Delaware (limited appointments available) Troy, Wixom, Noblesville or S. Indianapolis to assist you with your upcoming build or renovation project. 

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The Top Six Trending Countertop Colors

Has HGTV got you itching to renovate your home? Are you ready for a change, but aren’t quite sure where to start? We’ve rounded up our top six selling countertop colors to help guide your decisions. Our top sellers range from granite to quartz to dolomite, so we’re sure this list will help guide you to the perfect material that meets your lifestyle and design preferences. Cutting Edge Countertops carries a wide range of materials from top brands, so you are sure to find a vibrant or neutral color that suits your style. 

Valle Nevado

With Valle Nevado granite, you can create stunning countertops or backsplashes, perfect for both indoors and outdoors! This natural stone has a gray backdrop with subtle dark minerals that run throughout and works well with many different designs. The gray 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 gray cabinetry. Valle Nevado 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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Mascavo

Natural stone has forever been a classic staple in any home, as no two slabs will ever be the same and therefore each piece is unique in its own way. Mascavo’s cool, neutral colors pull together light and dark aspects in a kitchen, seamlessly uniting the space. This dolomite is the perfect option if you are wanting to steer away from the dark side, but aren’t completely sold on solid, bright white countertops.

White Ice

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 predominantly white stone features a mixture of blue and gray 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 combining it with white cabinetry.

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Calacatta Laza

A sought-after quartz material, Calacatta Laza, is well known for its luxurious pattern with silvery veining. This countertop pairs beautifully with any design style creating a chic sanctuary in any room of the home. The versatile complexion that Calacatta Laza offers allows homeowners to decorate however they please; whether they opt for silver accents, brushed nickel, black, chrome or gold!

Montauk

Montauk by HanStone Quartz appeals to a wide audience for its delicate features and soft hues. This countertop provides a subtle, yet luxurious look with its soft pearl undertone and immediately elevates any space with its ivory marble pattern.

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Tranquility

Tranquility by HanStone Quartz is a distinctly modern classic beauty. A purest crisp white marble with a feathery contrasting charcoal vein, Tranquility voices a timeless classic Tuscan appeal.

Ready to Start your next Countertops Project?

We always encourage our customers to pick something that makes them happy when they walk in the room and see it. We find that these six colors spark joy for a good majority of our customers! Shop our trending countertop colors along with many others in our Live Inventory on our website or schedule an appointment at one of our Cutting Edge Countertops showrooms located in Perrysburg, Delaware, Troy, Wixom, Noblesville and S. Indianapolis! Our experienced team will lend their knowledge and guide you on both the current trends and timeless classics to ensure you are confident in your choice.

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Kitchen Countertop Cleaning Tips

Eager to make a fresh start, but not sure how to get your kitchen in shape? It’s easy to overlook your kitchen countertops when it comes to cleaning, but these spaces can be a breeding ground for germs. Make sure you are making the most of your cleaning efforts by following these simple tips for getting your cleaning done quickly and efficiently. Once you’re finished, you’ll enjoy a sparkling kitchen and have more time to relax in front of an open window with a refreshing beverage.

How To Clean Quartz Countertops

Quartz is a man-made, durable material for kitchen countertops. Strong, stain resistant and heat resistant, your kitchen countertop will last you for years. However, quartz does still require some care to keep it looking its best. Here are some tips on how to keep your countertop clean:

  • Use only cleaning products that are designed specifically for quartz surfaces
  • For daily cleaning, use an ammonia-free glass cleaner or any non-abrasive household cleaner that does not contain lemon, ammonia or bleach as they can damage the surface of the quartz
  • Use mild liquid soap, warm water and a soft cloth to remove most residues from your quartz countertop
  • Wipe up spills immediately from your quartz surface

View More Tips On Cleaning Quartz Countertops.

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Does Quartz Stain?

Quartz countertops are unlikely to stain because it is a hard material and is non-porous, meaning liquids won’t be absorbed into the surface of your countertop the way they might if you spilled on unsealed natural stone countertops such as marble. Although quartz countertops have a high stain resistance, they are not completely stained proof as some food substances can leave a moderate to very faint stain behind. To prevent staining, any spills, dirt, grease or oils should be wiped up quickly to reduce the chance of a stain forming.

Countertop Protection Tips

  • Do not place hot items out of the oven or stove directly on the stone surface. Additionally, heat-generating appliances, such as slow cookers, can cause some stones to become discolored or crack. Always protect your top by placing a trivet or hot pad to allow for airflow under the hot item.
  • Avoid chopping or slicing directly on the stone countertop to prevent scratches and dulling your knives. Always use a cutting board.
  • Use placemats and coasters to protect your surface from discoloration and staining.
  • Do not stand or sit on stone countertops. Some stones may crack when excessive weight is applied.

Can I use bleach on my countertop?

We don’t recommend using bleach or any other chemical cleaners to clean your countertops. Bleach and other harsh chemicals can damage the surface of your countertop, breaking down the resin and causing discoloration. They can also wear down your countertop’s surface, leaving it vulnerable to spills.

Are there specific cleaning products I should use?

Most residue can be removed using a simple routine of wiping down your countertops with a soft cloth and warm water. If your countertops are particularly grimy, you may add mild liquid dish soap to the water; however, soap is not always necessary.
Products such as MORE™ Surface Care offers 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.

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Shop Cutting Edge Countertops today for an extensive material and color selection for your upcoming project – and, work with the premier countertop fabricator in the Midwest.

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The Top Five Trending Granite Colors

Are you ready to upgrade your countertops to a unique yet durable material, but not sure where to start? Our 2022 trending granite countertops roundup will guide you to the perfect stone to meet 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 to this day continues to be, due to its strength and variety of rich colors and natural patterns. Cutting Edge Countertops carries a wide range of granite In a variety of color shades, so you are sure to find a vibrant or neutral color that suits your style. To learn about some of the best-selling granite countertop colors in the Midwest, keep reading!

Valle Nevado

With Valle Nevado granite, you can create stunning countertops or backsplashes, perfect for both indoors and out! This natural stone has a gray backdrop with subtle dark minerals that run throughout and works well with many different designs. The gray 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. Valle Nevado 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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Dallas White

The white backdrop of Dallas White granite is accented by lavender and light gray tones. You will also see a mix of cream and brown throughout this stone. This element will catch the eye of all your friends and family when they enter the space where this granite will be installed. Dallas White is the perfect option if you are wanting to steer away from the dark side, but aren’t completely sold on solid, bright white countertops. It is the perfect mix of neutrals and will fit right in with your current home decor!

Thunder White

Do you like the elegant look of marble but prefer the extreme durability granite offers? You can have both with Thunder White Granite! This stone mixes gray, white, and cream swirls with small red flecks. It’s mined in India and gives the appearance of marble with its details that emulate the veining of White Carrara. It looks especially good with dark wood cabinets, and using reds in your kitchen will bring out the flecks in the stone.

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Azul Platino

Azul Platino granite has gained popularity for homeowners looking to update their kitchens and bathrooms because of its cool, almost gray-blue tones. As part of our Studio Collection, this granite is available in consistent patterns and colors. You can further customize Azul Platino granite with a variety of countertop edges. 

White Ice

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 combining it with white cabinetry.

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Ready to Start your Granite Countertops Project?

Countertop trends come and go, but the surface you choose will remain in your home for years to come. We always encourage our customers to pick something that makes them happy when they walk in the room and see it. Shop Valle Nevado, Dallas White, Thunder White, Azul Platino and White Ice countertops along with many others in our Live Inventory on our website or visit one of our Cutting Edge Countertops showrooms located in Perrysburg, Troy, Wixom, Noblesville and S. Indianapolis! Our experienced team will lend their knowledge and guide you on both the current trends and timeless classics to ensure you are confident in your choice.

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Top Kitchen Design Trends

From stone backsplashes to luxury laundry rooms, we have wrapped up what design experts are saying are the new design trends! If you are considering a minor refresh or total home renovation, we hope you find inspiration for your next interior design project.

Seamless Backsplashes

Not a fan of classic subway tile or can’t ever seem to find the perfect backsplash? Expect to see less tile and more stone! A full-height backsplash has a beautiful and timeless design. While tile backsplashes can be trendy and change often, a full-height backsplash gives your kitchen an inspirational, yet everlasting look that never goes out of style. This is perfect for a clean, seamless look with no grout lines.

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Pops of Color

Kitchens featuring grey and all white design features have always been popular but that’s not what is trending currently! Color is making a return and we can expect to see homeowners incorporating a variety of hues into their homes.

With both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore choosing shades of green as the 2022 color of the year; green is the current major kitchen trend.

Kitchen Islands take the Spotlight

Kitchen islands serve as a meal prep area, homework station and a buffet line for family dinners! Designers speculate their popularity will increase as homeowners focus on improving their storage space. Consider including cabinets or built-in features that allow you to get the most out of your space! Pair it with a natural stone or quartz countertops from Cutting Edge Countertops to maximize your kitchen’s functionality!

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Organic & Natural Materials

We also expect more natural materials to gain popularity. From natural stones like granite and marble to incorporating wood elements – natural styles are prominent in both kitchens and bathrooms.

Rounded Edges & Curves

We also can expect the kitchen’s classic hard edges and surfaces to take a softer, curvier turn. Curved edges bring a soft calm to the room. They can even allow for a little more seating room at the island without resorting to placing a chair right on a corner!

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If you’re ready to incorporate these kitchen trends into your home, visit one of our five showrooms where our design consultants are ready to assist you today! Our experienced team can offer their product knowledge and inspire with ideas and on-trend information. Call us today at 888-515-TOPS (8677) and let us help you bring your vision to life.

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