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When it comes to creating a gorgeous interior space, your home will only be as beautiful as your family allows it to be. If your children don't respect the space, your home will quickly fall back into disrepair, which is why I started focusing more and more on home and garden a few years ago. I was committed to creating a great space that was just as clean and gorgeous as it was functional, and I was really surprised to see how much of a difference my efforts made. Within a few short years, my place really seemed a lot more open, airy, and inviting. Check out this blog for great ideas on making a family-oriented home.



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Five Benefits Of Granite Countertops

by Alice Howard

When looking for a new countertop, look no further than granite slab counters. These attractive stone countertops aren't just timeless in appearance, they also offer many other benefits. The following are just five of the reasons why you should consider granite for your kitchen or bathroom.

1. Unique

A major draw of granite is that each piece is unique. The exact color, striations, and patterns will vary, even in slabs taken from the same vein. This is in contrast to manmade stone slabs, like quartz countertops, where there are a limited amount of color and pattern options. If you want your counters to be truly one of a kind, then granite is the way to go. Even the final finish, whether high gloss or matte, can add to the uniqueness of your counters.

2. Color Options

Granite offers the greatest range of color options compared to other stone options. There are the light-colored granites, which range from pale white to cream, as well as the dark gray and black options. When it comes to granite types, you can find pink, green, yellow, and even options with a blue-ish cast. It's easy to find a granite color that will complement the rest of the room's design.

3. Durability

Durable granite resists chips and other types of damages. It's also heat and water-resistant, must-have qualities in kitchens and bathrooms where lots of water and exposure to hot appliances are common. You can increase the durability and stain resistance by having the counters sealed every few years. This way your granite is less likely to absorb stains, such as from red wine spills.

4. Easy Maintenance

If you don't like to spend a lot of time cleaning, then granite is for you. There is really only one thing to remember when it comes to cleaning granite counters -- avoid acidic and abrasive cleaners. These can etch the surface of your granite, so are best avoided. That's okay, though, since granite comes clean so easily. Simply use a damp sponge or a stone cleaner to wipe down your counters as needed.

5. Antimicrobial

A major reason granite is popular in the kitchen is because it has some bacteria resistance. This means that bacteria doesn't grow easily on its surface. Granite becomes even more antimicrobial when it is kept sealed, since sealing cuts down on both the stone's absorbency and prevents etching that could harbor bacteria.

Contact a granite stone products dealer to learn more.