Blog Posts from Northstar Granite Tops

Northstar Granite Tops Unveils New Website

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nsg-new-siteOur new website has been quite an undertaking. But, we’re happy to finally unveil it.

On the new Northstar Granite Tops, you will find more resources than what was previously available. There are page available regarding edge profiles, sink options, FAQs, videos, suppliers and much more.

For our stone selections, we’ve broken each stone into an individual page. You’ll be able to find out more information than what was previously available, including pictures of stones we have at our Maple Grove showroom.

We are very proud of the new look, and we hope you enjoy it as well. If you have any questions or comments, let us know by calling us at 320-963-8677 or Request a Free Quote.

Minnesota Granite Countertops: Avoiding & Removing Stains

| | Granite, Tips

Having brand-new granite countertops in your Minnesota home is a lovely thing. However, it’s important to keep them looking their absolute best. Luckily, granite is very durable. However, it’s not invulnerable and can be stained.

Keep your granite counters clean

The best way to avoid stains is to keep your counters looking impeccable. You can purchase a cleaner designed specifically for granite countertops. These can be purchased at any local home improvement store. You can also take a DIY approach by mixing dishwashing soap with warm water. Clean the counters with this combination, and then rinse them off with clean water.

Oil based stains

If you have a stain that’s oil based (i.e. grease), you can remove it by creating a paste of flour or molding plaster and hydrogen peroxide. Place the mixture over the stain, cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. In the morning, scrape off the paste with a countertop safe tool and inspect it. If a stain is deep in the stone, it might be necessary to do this again.

Organic stains

Organic stains (coffee, tea, etc.) can be removed with a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and one to two drops of ammonia. Rub this on the granite until the stain is eradicated.

Other stains

If you have an ink or marker stain, you can remove it with acetone. Apply the cleaner to a clean cloth and rub it in circular motion on the ink until removed. You can purchase the acetone at a hardware or home improvement store. Handle according to the manufacturer’s instruction.

Never resort to using acid-based cleaners or scouring products to remove stubborn stains. These products can damage the surface. If you have a stubborn stain, then give us a call at 320-963-8677 and we can help.

Sealing

Another way to prevent stains from occurring is to seal your counters every one to two years. If drops of water are failing to bead on the counter’s surface, it’s time to have it resealed.

Questions about granite countertops in your Minnesota home? Call us now at 320-963-8677 or Click Here to Request a Free Estimate.

Most Popular Granite Countertop Colors in Minnesota

| | Granite

The great thing about putting granite countertops in your Minnesota home is that you have a wide range of colors from which to choose. If you can imagine it, there’s probably a granite slab in that color. Still, it can be difficult to pick out the perfect palette to complete your dream kitchen or bathroom. After all, you don’t want to pick out a color that won’t go well with the cabinetry or design, and will enhance the room.

There are some colors that are more popular than others. Here are the most chosen colors we see here at Northstar Granite Tops:

White

White brightens and enlarges any area it’s installed in. It’s also easy to keep clean, as the color will bring attention to spills and drips, alerting you to the need for quick removal. White granite countertops also go well with cabinets that are of a lighter palette, which is a must have modern décor. White’s always in style: it’s clean, simple and refined.

Gold

Part of the reason for gold’s increased popularity in the first half of any year is the prevalence of gold during the holiday season, and that carrying over to designs. Gold offers a neutral palette without causing any style to be sacrificed. You’ll find it won’t clash or be in competition with light or dark cabinetry, and instead bring your space with elegant warmth.

Gray

Since lighter-colored woods are highly sought after in contemporary designs, gray countertops are also hugely popular as they look fantastic with lighter colors. Gray granite counters offer similar benefits to white and gold, but also add contrast, which adds interest without overpowering the design. Gray is neutral and highlights other colors, making it a perfect partner in any design.

Need help picking out a color for your granite countertops? Give us a call at (320) 963-8677 or Click Here to Request a Free Quote.

Choosing a Backsplash for Your Granite Countertops

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It’s so easy to get focused on choosing granite countertops that you forget about choosing a backsplash. Backsplashes tend not to get a whole lot of attention, and most backsplashes tend to match the countertops’ colors and patterns. However, just doing that gives away the opportunity for more customization and design.

Backsplashes are another way of making the countertop more unique. It gives you the ability to help your counters stand out, so why not make the most of the opportunity?

Here are some things to keep in mind about backsplashes:

Backsplashes complete the look

Having a backsplash paired with your countertop looks better than just a plan wall. A backsplash completes the countertops look, and a plain wall may give the impression of an unfinished project.

Accent and compliment colors

Having a dark-colored countertops installed? Try matching it with a backsplash that uses a bright, eye-catching color. This acts an accent, and can help draw more attention to your new counters by making it stand out more.

If you’re not feeling that combination, then your backsplash can go a bit more subtle with its color. You can match dark colors with other dark colors to compliment each look, and light colors can do the same.

Try and get the colors as close as possible, but maybe use a different pattern with each. This will require looking at a few different patterns to find a park that meshes.

Do at the same time

Having your backsplash installed at the same time as your countertops will save on costs and time. Doing both at the same time will save you much more than it would have to do the backsplash later. Plus, doing the backsplash later means having to make more preparations, and therefore, taking up more of your time.

Have questions about backsplashes? Give us a call at (320) 963-8677 or Request a Free Quote.

Getting Ready for Granite Countertop Installation

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Granite Countertops

Having your granite countertops installed is exciting. And there are a few things that can – and should – be done before we come in and install your new counters. Here are a few tips for helping Northstar Granite Tops to make the process go as smoothly and effortlessly as possible.

Templates

We’ll need to create a template of the existing countertops, so we have a layout of how your new counters will look and fit. To do this, everything will need to be cleared off of the existing countertops. If we’re installing the countertop in your bathroom, then we may need to remove the mirrors to prevent damage. They’ll be reinstalled after installation is complete if we are able to place the mirror back in the existing clips. If not, you will need to arrange to have new clips installed and the mirror reinstalled.

If you are also getting a new sink, please purchase the sink before the template is made. We ask this so a precise undermount hole can be cut to fit your sink.

Before we arrive …

We are very careful in your home and create minimum dust, however, if you have valuable antiques or other irreplaceable items you may want to move them to another room while we are installing your tops.  If they can’t be moved we encourage you to cover them.

Changes

It is best to make no changes after we template your countertops.  At best it means a return trip and trip charge to re-template the affected area.  In some cases the countertops may have already been placed into production and cut to size. We want to avoid any inconveniences, so please be present during the measuring, template design and talk to us about your desires and specific details.

Have questions? Give us a call at (320) 963-8677 or Click Here to Contact Us.