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Granite Gold Countertop Cleaning Tips
Posted by Todd Cohen | April 4, 2020

Granite has been a staple building material for us going back to ancient times, but the past few decades have seen granite countertops, in particular, explode in popularity. Striking just the right balance between decoration and utility, granite countertops are as much a work of art as they are a practical investment into your home….

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How to disinfect your granite and other natural stone
Posted by The Lennys | March 27, 2020

In this continually changing landscape of health concerns, it’s more important than ever to stay informed on best health practices — especially when dealing with food-prep surfaces such as your countertops. When it comes to natural-stone surfaces in particular, there are more considerations in terms of cleaning, disinfecting and caring for than with other materials….

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Heat & Marble Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 27, 2020

Having been used throughout history as a famously high end and luxurious building material, adorning everything from the Taj Mahal, to the ancient Egyptian pyramids and ubiquitous carved columns in Greece. To this day marble is prized for its high-class appearance, structural rigidity and unparalleled timelessness. However, all that beauty requires some rather specific maintenance…

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Safe Way to Clean Grout on Natural-Stone Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 27, 2020

Keeping your tile looking its best doesn’t just mean cleaning and caring for the tile itself, the grout in between needs some love too – and not just for aesthetic reasons. Sure, you want to prevent stains and discoloration, but there are some practical concerns that affect the longevity of your tile as well. Mildew…

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Types of Calacatta Marble
Posted by The Lennys | March 20, 2020

If you’re looking into a remodel or finishing a new home, the amount of choices for every little detail can be enough to make any sane person’s eyes cross — especially in cases like these where the differences between two choices can be incredibly subtle. This is what we lovingly refer to as option paralysis….

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Cleaning Travertine
Posted by The Lennys | March 20, 2020

If it was good enough to make up the majority of the Colosseum’s structure, we think it’s a safe bet travertine is up to the task in your home. That’s not to say this tough stone is maintenance free, though. While it has mostly stood the test of time structurally in Rome, keeping this natural…

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Prevent Cloudiness on Granite Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 12, 2020

Formed under intense heat and immense pressure over millions of years before finally cooling and being thrust up to the surface of the earth’s crust, your granite has gone through one heck of a journey to arrive at your house and adorning your kitchen. It would be a shame for it to make it all…

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Is Outdoors Good for Quartz San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 12, 2020

Granite has long been the countertop material of choice for new home builders and remodelers alike, but quartz is catching up fast for a number of good reasons. Unlike natural stone like granite or marble, quartz is an engineered material made up of more than 90 percent natural quartz aggregate, with the remaining compounds being…

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Safe Way to Clean Grout on Natural-Stone Flooring San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 12, 2020

If you look at architectural trends over time, it’s hard to find anything more consistent and timeless than stone tiling. Whether that be for flooring, showers or a stone tile wall, it has been a staple design choice through the ages. However, for all the glory that beautiful stone gets, the grout holding everything together…

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Maintain Shine on Quartz Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 12, 2020

Part of the incentive for going with quartz over natural stone is its durability and lower maintenance than other options such as granite – however, low maintenance doesn’t mean maintenance free! There are some specific things to keep in mind when cleaning and maintaining your quartz to keep them looking shiny and new for years…

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What Stone to use for Natural-Stone Shower Walls San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 12, 2020

If there is one thing that we’ve learned from MTV Cribs, it’s that the bedroom is where all the magic happens (seriously, they all say that). If there are two things we’ve learned, the second would be that natural-stone showers are a staple feature of just about every celebrity mansion since at least the year…

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How to Clean Quartz Countertops
Posted by The Lennys | March 12, 2020

If you’ve recently had quartz countertops installed or just moved into a house with them already in place, you’ve probably heard all about how low maintenance they are — and it’s true, they are pretty easy to care for. However, low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance, and there are still some things to know about…

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Home Bar with Granite Countertop San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 10, 2020

Forged over the course of thousands of years through intense heat and immense pressure deep underground, granite is tough stuff. However, that doesn’t mean it’s completely impervious to damage. Accidents, of course happen, but it’s important to be aware of the limitations of what your granite and other natural stone can handle, and what you…

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Should You Polish Granite Counters San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 10, 2020

With each slab being a unique piece of natural art, it’s easy to see why granite has become a staple building stone in the past few decades. Granite also has the reputation of being quite a resilient material, which is true, though that doesn’t mean it doesn’t require care and maintenance to stay looking so…

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Posted by The Lennys | March 10, 2020

“OK, OK, just tell me how to not mess this up” is something I find myself saying a lot these days. I know I can figure most things out as I go along, but it does help to get a quick rundown on the dos, don’ts, and “no seriously, don’t do thats” before embarking on…

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How Porous Is Granite San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 10, 2020

How many times has a red wine stain ruined your day? Sure, a stain on the carpet or your new pants is almost expected at some point, but on your granite or other natural stone? This can absolutely happen, but don’t worry because it’s easily preventable! And if the worst does happen, we’ve got some…

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Removing Dry Grout Between Stone Floor Tiles San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | March 5, 2020

Stone tiles are an attractive option for floors, showers, countertops, and more. They come in different colors, shades, patterns, and sizes and have added to the aesthetic appeal of many homes. However, while cleaning stone tiles, some people forget to clean the grout between them. Those who do remember to clean the grout may also…

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ow to Buff Granite Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | January 31, 2020

Homeowners who choose granite countertops often request a honed and polished finish for their stone. The ultra-glossy look of darker granite is very popular in the kitchen and in the bathrooms. Center islands and vanities topped with deep black, brown or green granite will look very sharp, especially when the stone features dramatic veining patterns….

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What Goes into Making Quartz Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | January 29, 2020

In January 2020, the National Association of Realtors published an article about the growing trend of kitchen countertops made of quartz, a construction material that has been increasing in popularity in recent years. Interior designers have accepted that quartz is on the upswing, and they’re likely to recommend it to homeowners from now on. There’s…

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Cleaning Corian Countertops San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | January 24, 2020

In the near future, new homes featuring Corian countertops will offer the possibility of charging up their mobile devices by placing them right on the surface. At the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a lot of attention was given to a project being developed by the Wireless Power Consortium that would enable Corian…

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What Causes Oil Stains on Granite San Diego, CA
Posted by The Lennys | January 22, 2020

Oil and grease stains on granite countertops are unmistakably dark. In some cases, they may also feature some coloring that corresponds to the natural or synthetic pigments of the staining substance. For example, in the kitchen, you could be using saffron and pepper oil for a spicy Vietnamese recipe that will leave a colorful orange…

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