Beautiful, Natural, Granite Now at Carpetland USA
Granite Countertops are the premium choice for fashionable families, and Carpetland now offers a variety of granite styles and colors.
Our beautiful countertops will not only look great in your home, but will also stand up to heat, wear and tear, providing you with a lifetime of use and excellent looks.
Granite is synonymous with elegance in both kitchens and baths, and it’s an investment worth making if you value the appearance and worth of your home.
Come visit Carpetland and our exclusive Granite Showroom to see exactly what we have in store for you, and to experience the Carpetland USA difference
GRANITE, QUARTZ, MARBLE COMPARISON
GRANITE VS. QUARTZ
Pros: Granite and quartz surfaces are very durable and capable of lasting a very long time. They are both heat, scratch, chemical and stain resistant. Quartz surfaces are engineered from natural quartz while granite, in and of itself, is a natural stone. Both surfaces are very low maintenance. While granite is limited to the colors nature has produced, quartz is artificially colored throughout for a custom and unique look. While granite and quartz are in the upper tiers of cost, they will give you the longevity and durability associated with their price.
Cons: Quartz is a manufactured stone and it is hard to duplicate the veining and pattern look you get from genuine marble or granite. Quartz counters can discolor over time when exposed to direct sunlight. If you have a part of your counter that receives some of the UV rays from the sun while another part doesn’t, over time you will see a difference. Granite is porous, so staining is possible even with a quality sealer. Clean up spills right away.
GRANITE VS. MARBLE
Pros: Both Granite and Marble are made of genuine natural stone which means each slab is unique and beautiful. Marble is famous for its veining, which has led to the term “marbling.” Marble also ages beautifully. Granite and marble comes in a large variety of colors and the options and patterns are endless.
Cons: Marble is more porous than granite, so it more readily absorbs liquids and is susceptible to stains. That means that oil, wine, juice and other spills penetrate deeper into the stone very quickly and should have a quality sealer to help protect from staining. Staining with marble is a “not if, but when” proposition. Because the minerals that compose marble are sensitive to certain chemical agents, it is important to wipe spills away quickly. Anything acidic or basic will leave an etch mark if left on the stone for too long. Another concern about marble in the kitchen is that sharp knives can scratch the surface and heavy pots or mugs can chip or break the marble. These are primary reasons manufacturers won’t warranty marble countertops in the kitchen.
Difference: Although both are stones and quarried from the earth, granite and marble (and marble’s relatives – limestone, onyx and travertine) are very different from each other. Granite is formed deep in the earth’s mantle at extremely high temperatures. It is a very hard, resistant stone made of crystallized minerals. The marble family – limestone, travertine, marble, onyx – start out as sediment – animal skeletons and shells, plant matter, silt – at the bottom of bodies of water. After millions of years this solidifies into stone. Because its main component is calcium, it can be affected by acids such as vinegar and citrus.
Should I use marble or granite for my kitchen countertop?
Although typical application of marble is for the bathroom vanity tops, Jacuzzi tops and fireplaces, it is possible to use it in the kitchen. However, due to the fact that it is easy to scratch and is affected by acidic substances, such as vinegars, ketchups etc, we don’t usually recommend it. Moreover the high-gloss of the marble countertop can be partially lost as many chemicals etch its surface. Granite in turn is considered the second hardest stone, its polish is not subject to etching by household acids, or scratching by knives and pots and pans under normal use. It is also not affected by typical kitchen heat such as hot pans.
Special Care Considerations for Calcium-Based Stones
(Marble, Limestone, and Travertine)
Carpetland, USA is proud to offer a nearly limitless variety of natural stone materials. With such a wide variety of available products, we feel it necessary to educate our customers about the material they choose for their homes, specifically calcium-based stones which may require special care considerations.
The most significant concern related to calcium-based stones is the possible reaction with household acids. Citrus juices, vinegars, coffee and soft drinks, and some name brand cleaners are acidic enough to cause a chemical reaction when they come in contact with calcium-based stone surfaces. The effects of this chemical reaction may be described as “water spotting”, or as visible “dull areas” that are a result of the chemical removal of the finished surface layer of stone. Prompt and thorough cleaning of any spills will lessen the likelihood of surface etching. Also, we recommend neutral-pH cleaners specifically formulated for use on natural stone.
There are also some additional concerns with marble and other calcium-based stones. These materials are generally softer than most granite, and can be more susceptible to surface scratches from everyday use. Many lighter-colors of these stones can also be more porous than most granite and therefore more susceptible to staining from colored liquids – coffee, wine, fruit drinks, etc. The application of a high quality sealer can lessen the likelihood of staining, and we also offer sealer for purchase.
By signing this document, you agree that the properties of calcium-based stones have been fully explained to you, and that you understand that additional care may be required to keep them looking brand new. You also understand that while Carpetland, USA has a one-year Installation Warranty, this warranty only covers failure caused by installation defects, and does not cover staining, normal surface wear and tear, or chemical etching due to everyday use or abuse.
Special Care Considerations for Honed Finishes
Carpetland USA Granite Division is proud to offer select stone material with a Honed Finish – a unique matte finish that give a muted or “aged” look to your natural stone surfacing.
Please note that Honed Finishes may require more maintenance than some polished finishes. Since there is more exposed surface area with honed finishes, metal marks, finger prints, and other signs of daily living may be more apparent.
Superficial marks may be removed with a little effort using nonabrasive cleaning products such as Soft Scrub® Gel with Bleach Cleanser or Comet® Soft Cleanser Scratch-Free Cream and a Scotch-Brite® Blue Pad.
By signing this document, you agree that the properties of this unique finish have been fully explained to you, and that you understand that more frequent cleaning may be required to keep this product new and free of marks. You also understand that while Carpetland USA Granite Division has a one year warranty, this warranty only covers failures caused by installation defects. Temporary marks that are common on a Honed Finish are not covered by our warranty.
How To Clean Quartz Countertops
Just Use Water and a Paper Towel
With simple care, quartz surface will retain its radiant, lustrous appearance for many years. For routine cleaning, simply wipe down your countertop with a damp cloth or paper towel and, if necessary, a small amount of non-bleach, non-abrasive cleanser.
Clean Up Spills Right Away—Before They Can Dry
Even though quartz surfaces resists permanent staining when exposed to liquids (such as wine, vinegar, tea, lemon juice and soda) or fruits and vegetables, you’ll want to wipe up food and liquid spills as soon as possible.
For stubborn or dried spills, use a nonabrasive cleaning pad such as a white 3M Scotch-Brite®* scrub pad coupled with Formula 409®** Glass & Surface Cleaner** or a comparable cleaning product.
Dealing with More Difficult Spills and Materials
Materials that harden as they dry (such as gum, food, grease, nail polish or paint) are especially tenacious. Remove these by gently scraping away the excess with a plastic putty knife.
Cutting Boards and Trivets
Quartz surfaces are heat- and scratch-resistant, but not heat- and scratch-proof. Use trivets or pads with hot pots, and always use a cutting board. Never chop or slice food directly on
WHAT NOT TO USE
If any of the substances mentioned below come into contact with your quartz surfaces, rinse the exposed surface immediately and thoroughly with water.
No Wax or Polish Necessary
Because it is non-porous, quartz surface does not require sealants or waxes. Quartz keeps its lustrous gloss and ultra-smooth surface without polishing or applying sealant.
Do Not Use Bleach
Avoid using cleaners that contain bleach. Always follow the cleaner manufacturer’s use instructions and exercise proper care when handling and storing any cleaning products.
Avoid High-pH Cleaners
Casual exposure to alkaline solutions, such as diluted bleach, will not damage quartz surfaces. Highly alkaline (high pH) cleaners, such as oven cleaners and concentrated bleach, are not recommended.
Removing Cooking Grease
When grease from cooking is an issue, use Greased Lightning™***, or a comparable degreasing product, to help loosen and remove the grease from the surface. Follow the cleaner manufacturer’s instructions for use.
Keep permanent markers and inks away from your countertops. Should these agents come into contact with the surface, clean first as outlined above in Routine Care. If the stain persists, moisten a cloth with Goo Gone®****, or a comparable product, and rub it into the stain. Rinse thoroughly with warm water to remove any cleaner residue.