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Countertops 101: A Material Comparison

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Which Countertop Is Best For You?

 

Designing a kitchen or bathroom has become more complex than ever before. New styles are continuously popping up that are different, unique, and fresh. Kitchen and bathroom countertops have evolved into more than just a surface to place food and other items atop; it has become a part of the decor and a statement to the home.

There are many kitchen countertops to choose from: granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, ultra-compact, recycled surface, and so on. Deciding upon a countertop for your home may be difficult. What is the look you are trying to achieve? Is style or maintenance more important to you? These are just a few things to consider and we know it can be overwhelming. So, we have provided you with a countertop comparison guide that lays out everything you need to know before purchasing the countertop that suits you best.

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular stones found in American homes. It is extremely durable and resistant to heat and scratching. However, due to its porous nature, granite has the possibility of obtaining stains from acidic liquids if such products are left on the countertop for too long.

PROSgranite countertops near me in north carolina

  • Heat resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Low maintenance
  • Resistant to chemicals and stains – this is true when granite is properly sealed by a professional

CONS

  • Porous material – if not sealed properly, or if sealant wears off, granite can absorb stains that are impossible to remove
  • Cost – depending on the rareness or “level” of the design, cost can be high
  • Chipping/cracking – this is a rare occurrence, but still possible if a heavy object is dropped on a corner or edge

 

Marble

When it comes to marble, style comes easy! It is elegant, shiny, and has a timeless element to it that appears effortlessly beautiful. But be careful – marble is softer and more porous than other stones, making it more susceptible to damages such as chipping, staining and scratching.

PROSmarble countertops near me in north carolina

  • Beauty – classic & timeless
  • Availability – because of its high demand, marble can be found at almost any stone fabricator
  • Smooth surface

CONS

  • Prone to scratching/chipping
  • Susceptible to stains
  • Higher maintenance – in order to prevent damages and stains from occurring, it is important to professionally seal the surface every six months and clean spills/messes immediately

Quartzite

Quartzite is arguably the strongest natural stone option for your countertop; in fact, it is sturdier than marble and granite. It has the same beautiful essence that marble portrays but can withstand a little more abuse. It is a great solution for an outdoor kitchen because it is resistant to UV rays, but be careful, as quartzite is more prone to scratching.

Quartzite Kitchen Countertops

PROS

  • Durable
  • Low maintenance
  • UV resistant – no need to worry about fading if placed outdoors

CONS

  • Scratching – use a cutting board and not cut directly on the countertop
  • Damage from heat – use trivets for hot pots and pans
  • Sealing – make sure it is installed and sealed professionally on a regular basis to prevent future damages
  • Limited color options – quartzite contains more neutral colors and less variety of color

Soapstone

If you are looking for a low-maintenance work surface that is 100 percent heatproof for your kitchen consider a soapstone countertop. Unlike other types of natural stone countertops like granite or marble, soapstone does not need a sealer because it is nonporous, which makes it stain resistant—not to mention naturally antimicrobial

PROSsoapstone countertops near me in north carolina

  • Doesn’t require a sealant
  • Heatproof
  • Impenetrable surface reduces the risk of bacterial growth

CONS

  • Darkens over time
  • Can scratch or chip under heavy wear

 

 

 

Quartz

Different from quartzite, quartz is a non-porous stone that is durable, resistant to many damages, and is very easy to maintain. Because it is a manufactured product, quartz offers a wide range of hues, several finish options, and its final appearance is rich and luxurious.

PROS quartz countertops near me in north carolina

  • Very durable
  • Non-porous – there is no need for a sealant
  • Wide range of designs and colors
  • Scratch, chip & crack resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Does not harbor bacteria

CONS

  • Price
  • Receptive to heat
  • Should not be used outside

 

Ultra Compact

Ultra compact surfaces are made from raw materials found in glass, porcelain, and quartz, which are then put under extreme heat and pressure to create an almost indestructible material. These countertops are one of the most durable options on the market today!

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PROS 

  • Durable
  • Heat resistant
  • Scratch, chip, and crack resistant
  • UV resistant – perfect for outdoor use

CONS

  • Limited fabricators and installers – because proper install requires certification, it may be more difficult to find a reliable pro who can do a beautiful job

Recycled

Recycled surface countertops are comprised of large shards and finely ground recycled glass that is bound together with cement or resin. This makes it extremely durable and easy to maintain! 

PROS

  • Distinctive look
  • Non-porous 
  • Easy maintenance 
  • Eco-friendliness 

CONS

  • Limited options – Glass countertops for your kitchen come in a variety of contemporary designs. You are, however, limited in terms of the look you can achieve.

 

All of these countertops are great options for both your kitchen and bathroom. We recommend you list your priorities, such as style and durability, in order to properly choose the best countertop for your home. If you need assistance to further understand which will work best in your house, please contact us or visit one of our countertop showrooms located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City. You can also utilize our free online kitchen or bathroom visualizers.

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Why Should You Renovate Your Kitchen During The Summer?

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Reasons Kitchen Renovations & Remodels
Are Better In The Summer

Thinking about updating your kitchen? Then you have come to the right place! The spring and fall can be heavy seasons for contractors and designers with projects, but that may not be the best time to remodel. Summer is around the corner and we’re giving you four reasons to update your kitchen this summer season! Although the interior design, home renovations, and remodeling projects take place all year round we are going to shed light on why it’s better to do it during the summer. Summer is one of the busiest seasons for many. Most families are out on vacation and the kids are in summer school. But, with so much happening, why is this the best time of the year to move forward with a kitchen remodel? It sounds a little bit strange, right? How can we proceed with a kitchen design and renovation endeavor when everybody is caught up with other tasks? Follow along with Onslow Stoneworks to learn why summer is the time to move forward with your remodeling!

Enjoy the Outdoors

Remodeling a kitchen can be hard on your family mealtime routine. Being without a countertop, sink and appliances can be challenging, and eating out costs money. The good news is, summertime is grilling season! Spend some time outdoors and try some simple grilled meals. The busy summertime is also the best time of the year to sit outside and relax. Similarly, it is the perfect season to invite family and friends to your home for a lovely gathering. You can enjoy delicious warm meals outside in nature and enjoy the fresh breeze mother nature has blessed us with.

See where I am going with this? Kitchen renovations are perfect! You can hire the best team of countertop professionals at Onslow Stoneworks and let them do the hard labor! The best part about all of this is that you don’t have to give up family dinners, you can still cook and grill outside. You can count on us to take your kitchen design to the next level.

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Open Schedules & Vacation

Kids are out of school and are free from most extra-curricular activities, which can greatly open up your schedule. Now you can meet with countertop contractors and designers without having to juggle around PTO meetings, basketball practice and the many other activities your children are involved in. Vacation and summer camps can also create ease during a remodeling period. If you are worried about the kids and who can babysit them, think about this. They are most likely going to be out at summer camp, at summer school, or on vacation with other family members.

As a result, summer is the ideal season for kitchen renovations, home improvements, and remodeling projects. If none of these pertain to you, maybe you could even let the kids hang out with the neighbor’s kids and enjoy a movie night while the remodel takes place. They could even hang out in their own rooms at home if you would like. The remodeling does not take too long. In the end, summer is still better than other seasons because people have more time to schedule tasks like these. How nice would it be to return home from vacation with a beautiful new kitchen? Pretty nice, right?

Indoor Kitchen Lighting

Picking out your countertops, cabinetry, and paint in natural light is key during any renovation. Summer is full of bright days to ensure you are making the right choice. Open the blinds and draw in curtains to fill your kitchen with natural light. Also, days are longer in the summer, allowing more daylight for work to take place. With so much light during the summer time and the sun being at its highest, choosing the perfect products is easy!

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Ventilation

While a kitchen renovation is taking place, ventilation of dust and odors can be an issue. During the summer, you can be worry-free and open windows and doors for ventilation without the cold and moisture of the other seasons playing effect. For instance, say you chose to do your kitchen renovations in the winter. This means you would have to deal with the harsh weather which depending on where you live could involve hail, snow, and storms. This makes it very hard for contractors to do the job because they now have to work against the elements.

Do you have to open the windows? Not necessarily, but it can make things easier for the remodelers and installers. This is because they would not have to breathe in all of the bad stuff from the remodel like dust from the countertop installation, paint etc. In our experiences, remodeling during the summer is ideal. Although sometimes life happens and people don’t have another choice so they may have to choose another season. But, no matter what, we can get it done. So no need to worry.

All in all, summer is a great season for many things. Add a kitchen renovation to your summer plans with Onslow Stoneworks. From small upgrades to full updates, contact us to learn how we can assist you with your project needs!

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Coastal Vacation Homes

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Hey North Carolina Costal Residents,

Is your vacation home in need of some updates before the summer season begins? Here are a few fun kitchen and bath design staples that will surely shake things up and leave your beachfront vacation home standing out from the rest!

Kitchen or Bathroom Countertop Updates

Let your countertops act as a vibrant asset to your home instead of cluttering them with décor. Installing new countertops in your North Carolina vacation home is a fun and unique way to set it apart from ordinary vacation homes. Whether in the kitchen or bathroom, your countertop can be a statement piece that evokes good vibes for your guests. 

Tip: Check out Aura by Spectrum Quartz! This quartz countertop brings the coastal feeling right into your home. 

Pops of Color in the Kitchen

Why stick to one color scheme when you can have them all? Play around with your favorite set of swatches to create a beautiful color palette for your kitchen. This will brighten up the room and bring a personal feel to your home design. Adding color to your kitchen can instantly transform it from a cookie-cutter builder project to authentically YOURS.

Tip: Make sure not to clash with the beautiful array of colors by picking a neutral-colored countertop such as Calacatta Classique.

A Bold Bathroom

There is something so thrilling about a unique bathroom. It is uncommon, yet highly valued. Our opinion? You can’t go wrong with color and texture in this space! Pick a color and get creative! From tile to wallpaper, there are a variety of options.

Tip: Check out our classic granite selections, which come in a variety of colors from neutral to bold and will blend great with any accent color. Granite countertops are a timeless choice, despite your other design choices.

These concepts are a wonderful way to bring a new, fun flare to the typical vacation-style home. If you are located in the North Carolina area (Swansboro, New Bern, and Morehead City), make sure to keep these ideas in mind when renovating your beachfront home! Our experts here at Onslow Stoneworks are available to discuss the best material for your project and can help you make design selections that you’ll enjoy for years to come.

For more design tips and countertop information follow along on our blog!

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Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of the home where many messy and wonderful memories are made. It is important to keep this space clean throughout all the activities that occur so that your kitchen can function to the best of its ability. Here are 5 quick and easy kitchen cleaning tips that will help you achieve a cleaner home this Spring!

Clean Your Countertops

For quartz surfaces use a soft cloth with mild liquid soap and warm water, or a quartz cleaner such as Granite Gold. For tougher stains, scrub gently with a soft non-abrasive bristled brush. Wipe down with a clean damp cloth, and towel dry to prevent spotting.

If you have natural stone countertops, simply clean surfaces with a soft cloth using a mild liquid soap and warm water, or a natural stone cleaner. For stubborn stains, use a soft non-abrasive bristled brush and scrub lightly. Be sure to rinse and towel dry the surface to prevent spotting.

If you have Ultra-Compact countertops we recommend the use of neutral soap and water with a sponge or scouring pad. In the case of aggressive stains, either from products that are resistant to normal cleaning agents or because they have remained on the countertop without being removed, we recommend using more specific products such as: cream detergents with abrasive particles or solvents.

Polish Your Appliances

Give your oven, stove, and fridge a good scrub and polish. Deep clean the fridge by taking out the drawers and wipe down the inside. Give those burners a new life by getting off all of that baked-on gunk. You’ll feel like you have a brand new kitchen afterward!

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Declutter Drawers

Now that you tackled your kitchen countertops and appliances move on to decluttering your kitchen drawers. Though we may not want to admit it, we all just dump things in our drawers every once in a while. Out of sight out of mind is often the mindset when trying to clean quickly. It’s time to go through those drawers and throw away all the junk. This is also a good time to clean your utensil drawer organizers. The amount of crumbs that can fall from your counters into your drawers is shocking.

Organize the Tupperware

Let’s be honest, we all hate opening this cabinet because no matter how many times we reorganize and match the lids to containers there seems to always be an avalanche of plastic. There are many ways to organize your tupperware from manufactured closet systems to DIY resources. Some DIY things to keep those lids in place are baking cooling racks, dish drying racks, or large bins to help keep that plastic tamed.

Finish With The Floors

As homeowners we sweep and vacuum the floors regularly but now is a chance to deep clean and disinfect. Gather all your rugs that need to be washed and get out the mop. Be sure to pay attention to cracks, corners, and the grout in your flooring.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to clean it all in a day. Take it step by step and soon your home will be in tip-top shape for the Spring season! 

For more information on how to care for your countertops visit our blog. At Onslow Stoneworks, we are proud to provide countertop fabrication and installation services to surrounding areas in North Carolina! Our countertop showrooms are located in Swansboro, New Bern, and Morehead City.

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Marble Countertops – Polished vs Honed

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Polished vs Honed Marble Countertops – What’s The Difference? 

Are you interested in installing marble countertops in your North Carolina home but don’t know what the difference between polished and honed is? When choosing natural stone such as marble for your countertops there is a lot of choices to make. From the color to edges and finishes. Something that seems simple, such as the finish, can drastically change the appearance of the marble and the 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!

Let’s start off by defining what polished is. A polished surface creates a beautiful glossy shine from the natural reflection of the stone’s crystals. Now 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. 

Polished Marble Countertops

Characteristics: 

Polished marble is coated which acts as a protectant, making it less susceptible to stains. But due to the glossy finish, it is highly reflective making scratches more visible. Because polished marble is a smooth surface it can be a dangerous option for flooring in high traffic areas because it can potentially be very slippery when wet. It is, however, a classic choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops.

Summary: 

  • 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.

Honed Marble Countertops

Characteristics:

Honed marble is a matte finish so it is more resistant to scratches. Scratches on hone marble countertops are less noticeable because the scratch won’t be as easy to see when light reflects off it, like with a polished surface. Honed marble is more susceptible to stains, so it important to clean them up spills immediately. Because it is matte, when the surface gets wet, it is less slippery than polished making it a better choice for flooring than polished.

Summary:

  • 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.

For more content about kitchen design trends, countertops surfaces, and more visit our blog. At Onslow Stoneworks, we are proud to provide countertop fabrication and installation services to surrounding areas in North Carolina! Our countertop showrooms are located in Swansboro, New Bern, and Morehead City. We also offer services to cities including Greenville, Jacksonville, Grantsboro, Aurora, Hakers Island, Wilmington and more!

2021 Design Trends For Your North Carolina Home

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Color Trends

Although traditional all-white kitchens remain popular amongst homeowners, warm beige colors and varied green hues that reflect lush gardens or other natural elements are expected to trend in 2021. 

Check out these popular colors for 2021 from several top paint companies:
  • Sherwin-Williams: Urbane Bronze – gray paint color that has deep brown/bronze undertones in it
  • Benjamin Moore:  Aegean Teal – a blend of blue-green and gray
  • Behr®: Smoky White – a soft and serene color and really sets a peaceful vibe for the room
  • Pantone®: Ultimate Gray – emblematic of solid and dependable elements
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Countertop Design Trends 2021

Countertop Trends

If you are thinking about renovating your home in North Carolina in 2021, consider quartz countertops! Quartz is a favorite among types of kitchen and bathroom countertops because it comes in many colors and patterns. Quartz is at the top of most North Carolina designers’ lists for nearly any kitchen or bathroom renovation due to its lasting beauty, durability and easy maintenance. More specifically, light colored quartz is trending and is currently the most popular style of countertop on the market. Cambria and Viatera  countertops are two of the top quartz brands and both offer a wide array of different styles. 

Other countertop options include natural stone like marble and granite, although these materials require a little more maintenance than quartz. If necessary, you can have a countertop specialist from an Onslow Stoneworks near you come in and repair any damages to your countertop should the worst happen.

Cabinetry Trends

Cabinets are a major piece of your kitchen or bathroom design and have a huge impact on the final look of a space. It’s important to always select cabinet finishes that complement your wall color and countertop, whether a similar shade or a contrasting color.

 

Sticking with the latest color trends in 2021, light colored cabinets are not losing their popularity any time soon. With a wide range of shades to choose from, our Design Consultants at Onslow Stoneworks are experts at helping you choose the perfect shade of white, cream, beige, or even gray to help bring your kitchen or bathroom vision to life.

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Appliance Trends

Stainless steel appliances will likely always be a popular choice amongst homeowners and designer and are another popular trend we’ll see continue into 2021. The light gray color of stainless steel appliances goes with every cabinet, wall, and flooring color you can come up with and often gives off a stylish appeal.

We can’t leave out another trend that has emerged in recent years though that we don’t see away any time soon, colored appliances! Maybe you are looking for a pristine look in the kitchen but want to add a pop of color by using an appliance manufacturer that puts out a whole set in hunter green or matte black. You can find alternative options to the standard stainless steel at popular appliance manufacturers like KitchenAid and Sub-Zero.

Make The Most Out of Your Next Renovation With These 2021 Design Trends

There are a lot of choices available when you decide you want to redesign your kitchen. You can do a complete overhaul down to the bare bones, or you may choose to do your redesign in phases, such as refacing your current kitchen cabinets then upgrading your countertops. Your decision can be solely based your needs, wants, and budget.

For more information on how to start your 2021 kitchen or bathroom renovation or how to incorporate some of these design trends in your home project contact us or schedule an appointment to visit us! At Onslow Stoneworks, we are proud to provide countertop fabrication and installation services to surrounding areas in North Carolina! Our countertop showrooms are located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City. We also offer services to cities including Greenville, Jacksonville, Grantsboro, Aurora, Hakers Island, Wilmington and more!

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Onslow Stoneworks Teams Up With Empty Bowls New Bern, NC

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Proud To Sponsor

Onslow Stoneworks is proud to be a Diamond sponsor for Empty Bowls New Bern, NC 2021! Now more than ever, we understand the importance of coming together in order to make a difference in the lives of others and supporting our local communities. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of sponsoring this event which helps raise money for local stop-hunger and arts programing in Craven County. 

About Empty Bowls New Bern, NC

Empty Bowls New Bern, NC is a partnership between Religious Community Services and Craven Arts Council and Gallery. This uplifting event unites businesses, religious and civic groups, professional and amateur potters, restaurants and others, as we use our collective creative energies to make a difference in the lives of others.

With each ticket you will receive:

  • Your choice of one handcrafted bowl from hundreds donated by local potters
  • In order to maintain social distancing, A $5 coupon to participating restaurants will come with each ticket instead of hosting the traditional Empty Bowls event.
  • The great feeling of knowing you helped better your community with your purchase

 

 

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Join Us In Fighting Hunger!

If you would like to learn more about Empty Bowls New Bern, NC or support the event by purchasing tickets, you can find additional information below! We thank you in advance for your support as we unite the community to make a difference in the lives of others. 

For more information and news about Onslow Stoneworks, visit our blog

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How To Protect Granite Countertops During The Holidays

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Tis’ the season! The holidays are here. Whether you celebrate with breakfast, brunch or dinner, there’s a lot of time being spent in the kitchen and food being prepared, and it’s all going to land on the kitchen countertop at some point. 

Thankfully, if you’re reading this, you probably already did yourself a favor by choosing granite countertops. Granite countertops are extremely durable and will last for years to come with the proper care. But, we understand. You want to go that extra mile so that you can confident that the holidays don’t destroy your beloved granite countertops from Onslow Stoneworks. So, we have gathered a few tips for you!

Clean Your Granite Countertops Immediately 

Don’t wait to clean up your granite countertops till the very end, clean up any messes as they happen. Hot foods, acidic ingredients and drinks will leave dull spots on the stone if not taken care of immediately. Keep in mind, the most dangerous messes are ones having to do with acids: tomato, wine, lemon, etc. They’ll not only leave dull spots, also know as etching, but leave difficult stains. And, though it goes without saying, give your counters a thorough cleaning with soft dish soap after the cooking baking is over.

Invest In Protective Tools For Your Granite Countertops

Not fan of the potholders you have hidden away in your kitchen drawers? Here are few other options to choose from!

Trivets

Trivets are essential for anyone who love hosting. Trivets come in cute, stylish designs and they keep your granite counter from being damaged. Win-win! Trivets come in a variety of designs including marble, cast iron, aluminum, and more. Some have little plastic feet so you don’t have to worry about scratching your granite countertop. Some are round, some square. Trendy, traditional, bright-colored, or neutral. The options are endless, so you are sure to find one that fits your style and looks great in the kitchen!

Mats 

Silicone mats are really handy for setting pots on, but what if it’s Christmas, foods are getting done at different times, and you need a spot to set two or three pots or dishes? Silicone mats come in larger sizes! And they’re multi-functional if you need a place to dry pots that don’t fit in the dishwasher or sink. If you’re not a fan of silicone, there are other options like fabric.

Baking Racks

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Baking racks will not only hold your famous holiday cookies, but they’ll also hold cakes and other baked goods. Every chef and baker needs a few baking racks for cooling their one-of-a-kind dishes.

Coasters

Coasters are a great investment to protect your granite countertops. Buy a set of coasters and place a few on each area of the counter where guests will be standing and most likely put down their drinks. Guest are more likely to put their glass on a coaster if it’s sitting there in front of them instead of directly on the countertop. Most guest will not remember to come asking for one.

Seal Your Granite Countertops

Because granite is a natural stone, it needs to resealed. The number one way you can protect your granite countertops is getting your counters resealed regularly. If you haven’t gotten your granite countertops sealed within the last few years, then you may want to make this your number one priority! A newly sealed countertop will resist spills, stains, and heat, which takes stress off your shoulders worrying about any damage being caused. Plus, resealing is simply a good habit to get into. If you have further questions on resealing your granite countertops, contact your granite fabricator directly. 

If you are looking for a kitchen countertop that does not require you to reseal it, check out our quartz selection. Quartz is an engineered surface that mimics the look of natural stone, such as marble

Enjoy Your Holiday!

Now you can rest easy knowing how to care for your granite countertops during the holiday season. Hosting is hard work, but by implementing these tips above you don’t have to worry about damaging your granite countertops. It’s time to relax, eat good food, and spend quality time with your friends and family. Whether you plan to seal your granite counters, invest in a few new kitchen items, or clean up the messes as they happen, you’re well on your way to keeping your granite countertops in tip-top shape during the holidays.

Need more tips? Check out our blog or contact us today or visit one of our showrooms in North Carolina located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City to get started on your next project!

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Enhance Your Kitchen With White Quartz Countertops

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Why You Should Incorporate White Quartz Countertops In Your Kitchen

White quartz countertops are a great way to improve the functionality and aesthetic of your kitchen. Adding white quartz in your North Carolina home offers many benefits that make it a smart long term investment. Many people are not aware of the many different quartz countertop options available that mimic the look of natural stone. This can lead to homeowners, contractors and builders opting for granite or marble, but quartz is also a great choice! 

Quartz is one of the top kitchen countertop materials in the industry. Below are a few reasons why white quartz is a great countertop material for your kitchen and some unique design that will give you a bit of inspiration for your remodeling project! 

Characteristics Of Quartz Countertops

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White quartz is one of the most durable kitchen countertop materials. Quartz has strength and durability that goes well in busy kitchens! You can count on getting a countertop material that will stand strong against daily use when you choose quartz for your kitchen. No matter what your lifestyle, with quartz, you will be getting everything you could ask for and more. The impressionable strength of quartz is synonymous to that of concrete and granite. Quartz stone is, however, a little more forgiving. In fact, quartz is so strong that it will not crack or even chip that easily. It is truly an outstanding countertop option for any home!

Quartz Offers A Wide Color And Design Selection

You might be surprised to discover that white quartz countertops do not just come in a sold color, quartz countertops can mimic the look or natural stone like marble and granite. At Onslow stoneworks, you can find a variety of quartz countertops in the best colors, patters and styles for your unique kitchen design at our countertop showrooms in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City. If you find that white quartz countertops are not the best fit for you kitchen remodeling project, we also cary other countertop materials such granite, marble and ultra compact.  

Leading Quartz Brands At Onslow Stoneworks

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Not only will you get top-quality quartz countertops when you visit one of our countertop showrooms in Swansboro, New Bern or Morehead City, but you will also find quartz made from leading quartz brands in the the industry. We strive to give our customers the best quality in all of North Carolina. Some of the top brands we offer are Cambria, Viatera, Daltile, Q Premium Natural Quartz from MSI and Spectrum Quartz. 

Advantages Of Quartz Countertops

White quartz countertops offer many advantages like standing up against spills because it is a nonporous material. Because quartz is nonporous it is great at resisting stains from liquids so you don’t have to worry about the wear and tear of a well lived life ruining your beautiful countertops. We recommend cleaning up your countertop as soon as you can though so that they will last for years to come. Remember, quartz is a stain resistant countertop but it is not stain proof.

 

If you are considering updating the kitchen in your North Carolina home, white quartz countertops will enhance the look of your space and are a great investment. With white quartz countertops you can improve the design and the value of your property. If you are looking for more countertop information or design tips, check out our blogContact us today or visit one of our showrooms in North Carolina located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City to get started on your next project!

 

How To Clean Quartz Kitchen And Bathroom Countertops

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How To Keep Quartz Countertops Clean

If you are thinking about investing in quartz countertops for your home you may be wondering what the maintenance will be to ensure your countertops are properly taken care of. Whether you are seeking to buy quartz counters for your kitchen or your bathroom, it is a countertop material that many homeowners are extremely happy with. Quartz countertops are often described as a low maintenance surface. Proper care and maintenance are quite essential if you are wanting to keep your kitchen or bathroom countertops in tip-top shape! Follow along with Onslow Stoneworks for tips on how to clean quartz countertops. 

Steps For Cleaning Quartz Countertops

Step 1: Wipe Your Quartz Counters With Mild Dish Soap And A Soft Rag

Take a non abrasive or microfiber cloth and dip it in a warm water mixed with soap. Take the cloth and begin to gently but firmly wipe down the quartz countertop. Wipe them down as often as you need.

Step 2: Scrape Off Dried Gunk From The Quartz Surface

We recommend using a putty knife to scrape off any dirt or food. Be mindful and only scrape gently when you are removing any excess buildup so you don’t permanently damage your quartz countertop. For easy and fast access, we suggest keeping a putty knife in a nearby drawer so you can grab it when you need to remove buildup off of your quartz countertops. Countertop care is quite simple. All it takes is getting the right information and doing a little bit of research.

Step 3: Wipe Off Grease Using A Degreaser

Take the degreasing agent of choice (make sure it is safe to use on quartz) and spray it generously on your quartz countertops. make sure the spray does not have any bleach because this will damage your quartz countertop. If you are going to use disinfectant wipes they must also be free of bleach. After all of this, you are going to want to immediately rinse off the surface using a sponge or wet towel. 

  • Only get cleaning sprays or products that are made specifically to be used on quartz counters
  • Contact our team at Onslow Stoneworks anytime you are not sure about a specific product when you are wanting to clean quartz countertops
  • At Onslow Stoneworks we recommend using Granite Gold products. The Granite Gold Daily Cleaner has a pH neutral, non-toxic, safe for use on all food-prep surfaces and doesn’t damage the protective seal! You can find these approved stone cleaning products available at our showrooms located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City!

How To Remove Stains From Quartz Counters

Step 1: Removing Tough Stains From Your Quartz Countertops

You will need some adhesive remover to rub away tough stains. Pour the cleaner directly on the stain and let it stay there for 5 to 10 minutes before you wipe it off. Once you have wiped off the counter, you should wipe it off again using warm water. 

Step 2: Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol

Take a wet, non abrasive cloth with some isopropyl rubbing alcohol and rub the stain using the cloth. Next, you are going to want to wipe the counter again using just warm water. Be sure to throughly wipe down the countertop after. This will help with any tough stains that would not come off with a simple water and soap mix.

How To Prevent Quartz Countertop Damage

Step 1: Stay Away From Harsh Cleaners

Using highly alkaline or acidic cleaners will damage your quartz countertops. If an extremely acidic or alkaline solution falls on your countertops immediately grab a wet cloth dipped in water and clean it up. Keep nail polish, oven cleaner, turpentine, drain cleaners, bleach, methylene chloride and all other harsh agents away.

Step 2: Clean Up Spills Immediately

Even though engineered stone like quartz countertops are nonporous, you should not let the stains just sit on the surface for too long. You still run the risk of damaging your countertops if you do. You should clean quartz countertops as soon as the spill happens. Permanent stains can occur if the spill was coffee, win, or tea. 

Step 3: Quartz Countertop Protection From High Temperatures

To protect your quartz countertops from really hot temperatures you can use mats or trivets to place your hot pans and skillets on. You do not want to place an extremely hot pan directly on your quartz countertop because it will damage the surface. If you will be sipping on citrus like drinks, make sure to use coasters. Citrus liquids can damage quartz counters. 

Step 4: Use A Cutting Board

Cutting and chopping food directly on your quartz can be tempting because quartz is durable but we do not recommend it. We encourage you to keep a cutting board close by and use it when chopping, cutting or slicing food. Quartz is scratch resistant but they are not scratch proof. Another reason why cutting boards matter is because your knives will get dull if you are cutting directly on the countertop.

If you are looking for more countertop information or design tips, check out our blogContact us today or visit one of our showrooms in North Carolina located in Swansboro, New Bern and Morehead City to get started on your next project!