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Redoing Kitchen Countertops? 5 Tips

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Renovating your kitchen and adding a new, modern countertop can add so much beauty and functionality to the most popular room in the house. Here's what to consider as you start shopping: 

Choosing Bar Countertops - Don't Forget the Rest of Your Room's Decor

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When choosing bar countertops, the goal is to end up with a bar that is distinct from the rest of the kitchen or entertainment area but blends perfectly in terms of style and color.

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Evaluating Bathroom Countertop Options

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It's time to remodel your bathroom! So let's talk countertops. Be sure to keep these five things in mind as you start shopping:

What is Quartz? A Little History

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Quartz countertops are rapidly gaining popularity, and for good reason (they were once again ranked the #1 kitchen countertop material by Consumer Reports in July 2013). That said, most people who buy them have no idea what quartz really is.

Sprucing Up Your Quartz Countertop for the Holidays: 4 Ideas

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No matter what size your kitchen is, you'll probably find yourself spending a lot of time in the kitchen over the holidays, whether it's baking cookies or getting holiday meals together. To make those long holiday days more manageable, start off the season with these four tips for sprucing up your quartz countertop:

Solid Surface vs. Quartz: What You Need to Know

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Below, we'll explore the basic characteristics of solid surface and quartz countertops and point out the key ways in which they differ.

HanStone Quartz: The Benefits of Jumbo Slabs


Jumbo slabs are quartz slabs that are bigger than traditional slabs, allowing them to cover larger amounts of space. HanStone's jumbo slabs measure 130" by 65", in comparison to their traditional slabs, which are 120" by 55". Below, we'll explore the benefits of jumbo slabs.

Taking Care of Your Kitchen Countertop

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Some kitchen countertops require more labor-intensive upkeep than other countertops—it all depends on the materials and how they're made. In addition to regular upkeep, certain counters are more prone to stains, scratches, and chips. For regular cleaning of any kitchen countertop, just use a damp cloth or the soft side of a sponge with a mild cleaner. This will be sufficient to address germs and remove any debris. Below, we'll explore how to take care of all of the major types of kitchen countertops.

Wood Kitchen Countertops
Wood countertops are certainly the easiest countertop to damage. In order to prevent damage, follow the tips below:

  • Don't place hot pans on the countertop.
  • Clean up spills quickly.
  • Only cut on cutting boards.

If your countertop does develop unsightly marks, you can address them by sanding down the area and then applying mineral oil for 20-30 minutes. Stains can be treated using lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide (not vinegar).

Why Choose Quartz Countertops

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Quartz has quickly gained popularity and market share since its introduction as a countertop option, and it's easy to see why: it's both beautiful and functional, bringing together the best qualities of other counters.

Quartz Countertop Installation: How to Choose a Fabricator


When you install a countertop, especially a high-end countertop like HanStone Quartz, you want the results to last a lifetime. That's why it's important to choose a countertop fabricator you can trust to do the job right the first time.

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