Questions about Countertops in Evans City, PA
Visit our showroom and get answers to all of your questions about countertops. Based in Evans City, PA, Top It Off, Inc. is focused on serving any needs of our local customers. Here are some of our most frequently asked questions already answered:
Can I stain my granite?
Acidic substances like wine, coffee, fruit juice, tomato sauce and soda will not etch granite like they do on marble, but they could potentially stain the surface. Cooking oils may leave a stain if not cleaned. Using a granite or stone cleaner is recommended to keep your countertops in the best condition and protect the sealer, but for little messes and spills, soap and hot water are more than enough. Something that should also be considered is when using a cleaner, try to avoid anything with high acidic concentrations; the cleaners to watch out for would be anything with an orange or lemon scent to them as they have a higher acidic level than most ordinary cleaners.
Can I put hot pans on my granite?
Yes, you can take a hot pan off the stove and put it right on to the granite, however, we do not recommend it. It is possible for granite (or any stone or quartz) to suffer “thermal shock” and crack. Granite is not just one type of mineral but a combination of minerals that create all the beautiful patterns you see. These minerals have different qualities and characteristics which react differently to extreme temperatures.
Can I scratch my Granite?
It is not common, but it is possible. If your granite does get scratched, it can be taken care of. Most chips and scratches can be repaired, but it is best to be safe and take preventative measures. It is best to avoid using your granite countertop as a cutting board as knives can sometimes scratch granite but also because granite will very quickly dull even the best kitchen knives.
Do I need to seal my granite?
All granite is sealed when it leaves our shop, but after 8-10 years it can start to wear. If you have concerns that your sealer has worn down contact our office, and we can advise you how to seal your granite properly.
How do I clean my Soapstone?
To maintain your soapstone use a damp cloth for daily cleanings. Oiling or waxing will enhance the color and luster of the stone, restoring that “brand new” look.
How do I request a quote?
Because all granite varies in price, we would like to invite you to our showroom and have you look at our selections of stone we have in stock. After your viewing, we can provide you with a quote based on your preferences. We do ask that you bring in a sketch with measurements of your kitchen or bathroom countertop to help us give you a more accurate bid.
Contact us today to review our frequently asked questions about countertops and other products. We proudly serve customers in Evans City, Pennsylvania, and surrounding communities.