post

How to take care of stone floors

Stone floors – characteristics

Stone floors definitely look beautiful and give your home a classy touch, no matter the stone or style. Yet, they need to withstand a lot of harmful factors. Only think of splashing water, heavy lid thumping down, dirt and dust rolling all over. Stone floors are by nature resistant to all these factors. They are proved to be durable and difficult to scratch. Heat and liquids also won’t do them any serious damage. Still, to keep them clean and shiny for years they need to be taken care properly. Before even starting to mop the floor bear in mind its characteristics and the material. Only then cleaning can be truly effective.

Stone floors – ways of cleaning

There are of course many ways of cleaning. It all depends on the specific material and its qualities. First of all, be sure that your floor is properly sealed. This you need to check with the installer. Stone floors in bathroom and kitchen need to be additionally protected from ever present moist. Only then when your stone floor is properly sealed and caulked, if necessary, you can think broad how to take care of stone floors. Stone floors need to be regularly dusted to keep off the dirt. Good idea is to use vacuum, but remember to check it’s set on ‘hard floor’ mode. Never use ordinary rotating brush. This can destroy stone surface. Once a week or so you should clean your floor with damp mop. Be careful to use detergent designated to particular kind of stone. Best idea is to check with your floor supplier to be on a safe side. Mops should be soft. Never use abrasive cloths or brushes. Avoid strong cleaners, especially the ones containing acid or lemon juice. They can only scratch the surface. Summing up, to keep your stone floor clean remember to dust it with soft mop or vacuum and clean with wet mop with specially dedicated detergent. Basically that’s all.

Stone floors – further tips

What are other useful ideas how to take care of stone floors? To keep the dirt of it’s good idea to put mats at the entryways. In this way a lot of dirt can be kept away. This can be further helped if you use slippers inside your home. These simple ways can easily help you in keeping stone floors clean. Although, stone floors aren’t very porous if something spills make sure to wipe it dry immediately. In this cases you don’t need any special treatment. Generally, remember that stone floors don’t require any dedicated supplies or tools. Vacuum with ‘hard floor’ mode, soft mop and a few clean cloths is really everything you need. Clean water and some mild detergent can keep your floor clean. To make it shiny just polish the flooring with a cloth with few drops of oil. Also, you don’t need to wax your floor or hire professional cleaners. If you just follow these simple tips your stone floors should last you for many years.

However, to keep it safe every few years you may want to think of resealing your floor. This you should check with your supplier. If you have problem with discoloring, which can happen in rare cases try to use some bleach. Best practice here is to contact your supplier once again. Not all bleaches are safe for particular stones.

post

Kitchen visualisation – make your dream kitchen alive

Kitchen visualisation – online tools

Before even starting remodelling your kitchen you need to be sure what to do. You can always simply throw the walls down and see what’s left standing to start with, but much safer and cleaner option is to get prepared and think it all over. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on professional kitchen project or advice, online kitchen visualiser or sketcher can be a good starting point. Online kitchen visualisers and sketchers are tools, most often free, which allow you to create perfect colour combination of various kitchen parts and see if they match. In more advanced tools you can also select style of doors, worktops and flooring and choose where to place furniture parts. Anyway, it’s only a basic tool but it is always a good idea to play with, come up with some useful ideas or just find an inspiration. These online tools don’t provide full kitchen visualisation, so don’t expect to have a ready to apply kitchen design. These are just fun applications, that can help you decide where to start and what things to consider.

Kitchen visualisation – other ideas

If simple applications are not enough for you you can always get more professional and try using more advanced software. 3D kitchen visualisations are gaining momentum now. These highly professional projects are used mostly by retailers, manufacturers and designers to carefully visualise all elements making the perfect kitchen. 3D presentations, based on the newest technology, are state of the art designs, where you can truly immerse yourself in the kitchen. They are known for their quality and detail. If you are interested in using them you will need some basic knowledge of the 3D software. These tools aren’t also free. The best solution here is to get in touch with designer agencies and try it out. You can easily get involved in creating the project, decide on all the parameters and get custom designed kitchen visualisation fulfilling all your needs.

Kitchen visualisation – keep modern

Whatever way you choose to have kitchen visualisation remember to keep it modern. After all, the main purpose of kitchen remodelling should be to make it functional in the modern world. Indicators of modern design are basically: simplicity, minimalism, natural materials and light. In practice it means that you keep the furniture and appliances to the minimum, don’t clutter your kitchen with useless decorations, furnish it with natural stones like granite, marble or wood and use as much of natural light as possible. As a result your kitchen is spacious (even if it’s really small), functional and easy to navigate. All these qualities are especially important when it comes to living in the modern world. Today’s world with its constant haste, lack of time and ongoing change doesn’t leave you time to wander through clumsy spaces. Spacious kitchen with clearly arranged spaces is what suits you best nowadays.

post

Stone Offcuts – the best Decor material

Let’s say you have ordered a granite worktop for your kitchen. The product you received is of the best possible quality, you have invested a lot of money in this extremely durable and immensely beautiful element of the interior décor (and a necessary one too, as you cannot imagine a kitchen without a worktop, right?). But did you ever wonder how your worktop was made and what is left after the manufacturing process is complete?

Making a marble or granite worktop is not easy and it demands a lot of skill and experience in stonemasonry and industry equipment use. When the experts from the worktop company finish their work, which involves cutting, grinding and polishing huge and heavy slabs of natural stone to fit the material of your choice in your kitchen, their workstations are full of offcuts which are then transported to the warehouse. Why, you may ask? Because marble and granite are very expensive materials and simply throwing the stone offcuts or using them for a simple construction work (for example as an element of a building’s foundation) would be a waste of the properties and looks of those resources. That is why stonemason companies store offcuts instead of getting rid of them – to give their clients yet another superb decorative material for a fraction of a pracie of a whole granite or marble slab of stone.

If you are satisfied with your worktop, you might be also interested in using a similar material for window sills, wall decorations or any other idea you have in mind. That’s where utilizing offcuts come in handy, as you may simply ask the company which prepared your worktop to create other elements of the interior design out of the leftovers of the same material! This way, you can create a wholly coherent space for a fair price – prices of marble and granite offcuts are very low (especially if you compare them to the price of a whole slab of stone used for a kitchen worktop), while the properties, durability and beauty stays the same. These characteristics make offcuts the best solution for cheap, yet wonderful home décor for every house – no matter what design you have chosen for your home, a stone decorative element will surely find its place in the interior.

Acrylic vanity tops

In home designing we usually concentrate on kitchen and living room, forgetting about bathroom. Unfortunately, the bathroom is the most catchy and memorable for many people. First things, which attract our attention are vanity top and basin. Consequently, we should think quite carefully about which type of worktop will be the best and the most suitable for the basin we planned to buy.

Choosing right top is essential, as it decorates the interior, brings the light and shine into it, create the vibe of the room. Acrylic vanity tops are a blinding and contemporary solution for your bathroom. Among plenty of beautiful colours, textures and astonishing finishings you absolutely find this one, which will be ideal for your design vision. Let yourself have a bit of luxury for a really reasonable price. With small effort and very little expenditure you can make your bath stunning, stylish and elegant. According to the water and bacterial resistance, acrylic surfaces are one of the best solutions in bathroom design. They are also very hygienic and easy to clean and maintain. This type of vanity tops will serve you unfailingly for many years. You don’t have to mind scratches if some will appear, as the tops are completely correctable. As the product is simple to process, we can create amazing forms from it, which certainly chase away the boredom from your bath. Taking into account all advantages given above, acrylic material is competitive alternative to granite and quartz. 

Acrylic bar tops

The bar tops are in most cases are in the centre of attention because of their location and function. It is worth to take care of bar worktop’s condition as it is a calling card of the place. The perfect bar tops should be not only clean but even impeccable, as it is a space, where people are ordering, colleting their orders, paying, eating, drinking, talking – simply just nice spend the time together. That is why they should feel completely freely, almost like at home. The best bar worktop need to be so interesting, attractive and eye-catching that it make you can not resist to come into the bar. Ideally finished bar top will be not only the reason for pride but also excellent gimmick.

Bar tops are almost no different from usual kitchen worktops, but their shape need to be more diversified sometimes as there need to be an additional place for professional devices. Also happens that the bar area is very difficult to design because of its irregular shapes. According to this acrylic surfaces are the best, as they are easy to form in fabrication process. Thanks to this you can achieve astonishing and unique effects, balancing with shape, colour and size of fabric. Properties of acrylic countertops give unlimited design options and can be easily combined in every bar area. As bar tops are highly exploited spaces, they should be easy and fast to clean. This is also an advantage of acrylic material, as you need to wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge. Some basic stains you can successfully clean with mild detergents or general purpose cleaners. In addition, acrylic solid surface materials are perfect for bar spaces, as they are highly hygienic and anti-bacterial. Among all these advantages, we have to list also non porous structure, stain resistance, scratch resistance, seamless and inconspicuous joins, 100% renewable and repairable material.

Bar countertops are available in a wide range of colours and finishings. In this gallery we present you the most popular projects, which are especially realized for bar areas.

post

Merry christmas

Dear Customers,

Upcoming Christmas Holidays bring a lot of joy and reflections on previous period and plans for the coming New Year.
In these exceptional days we would like to wish a lot of satisfaction and success taken with challenges.

Let upcoming Christmas spent in the company of loved ones will bring you much joy,
warmth and optimism.

Best wishes from

Polish Granite Ltd

post

Granite and Quartz – The Uses and Attributes.

In general, all of the building materials are very durable. However most of the time they don’t possess any special aesthetic aspects. Therefore they are practically never used during the decoration process of interiors. The only exception are the granite and quartz worktops, natural and man-made materials that are widely known for decorating certain areas, but most of all they are both extremely durable, not to mention beautiful materials, thus providing only the best comfort when used in specific interiors or even exteriors.

Such attributes have made granite and quartz widely used within the architectural designs, as they can play the role of pieces that support the construction elements or simply serve a decorative purpose for worktops, stairs, table tops and overall a huge range of other products. No matter where we decide to use the granite or quartz materials, it is guaranteed that we will always be satisfied as it will exploit our aesthetic expectations as well as remain its beautiful quality and colour for years.

All it takes is simply looking at the most beautiful buildings created in the past – from Acropolis to the Palais Garnier, all of the buildings are/were finished off with astonishing natural stone, granite. A stone that has remained its unchanged and stunning qualities for many years. In order to make your granite or quartz as durable and as beautiful for so many years, all it takes is simply to take care of them, for example specialised cleaning or regular sealing matter greatly. It may seem like a lot of effort but in fact it’s very simple! To look for more information look at: ‘Granite Care’ and find out the true and the most simple ways of keeping your worktops or other stone related surfaces shiny, gorgeous and striking for many years.

post

Granite worktops vs laminate worktops

Why granite and quartz worktops are a better choice than laminate.

It doesn’t take long to figure out if a specific kitchen worktop is a high quality worktop. In fact most of the time it is a very clear realization! It is important that a person, who is determined to have a kitchen that could be attractive for long time, will actually make the right choice, beginning with a worktop.

Laminate worktops have been a very popular choice in recent years, though there are many aspects that prove that the kitchen standards improve significantly when the natural stone worktops are fitted. Of course by stone worktops I mean granite, quartz and even marble. All of these materials are somewhat a better choice for kitchens due to their attributes, which so many people appreciate.

Beginning with the granite being a lot of a nicer material, yes it sounds very cliché, however it’s true, and it has been confirmed by many people that used to have laminates and later switched to stone worktops.

Granite worktops are natural materials, they always have their own unique look, and every slab of granite will differ from each other, even if the colour is the same. This is because granite is formed out of minerals, minerals which never join in the same way, therefore such a slab would perhaps reflect the original colour such as ‘star galaxy’ though it is guaranteed that the compressed minerals, veins, elements and such will always differ.

With quartz worktops it’s different. Mostly because quartz’s are man-made products, meaning that they are not fully natural like granite worktops. Therefore the overall look of their specific colours can be the same, or extremely similar, it simply all depends on the colour. Either way quartz’s are just as beautiful as the natural stones and unlike granite, quartz worktops have a varied number of colours, patterns etc. A feature which can surpass even the laminate worktops, as the range of quartz’s is huge, and if you’re looking for a pattern or colour that cannot be found amongst granite colours, then you will surely find it amongst the quartz’s.

Moreover when the worktops are finished for a customer, they are sealed. This means that they are covered with a long lasting shining product, which not only will protect the worktop but also outline its beauty and keep a long lasting shine. The sealers are available for all customers, and it is always recommended that the worktops are sealed every 3-4 months in order to keep the high quality gloss permanent.

In addition it is important to know that the overall look of the worktop can also vary when considering the different edges that can be applied to the design. It is always up to the customer how they wish the worktops to look. It is not possible with the laminate products, whereas for the stone worktops it is a standard process. We can shape the worktops in many ways, starting from the standard pencil edge even to a rounded full bullnose (all of the finishes/edges can be checked online). Once again, it all depends on the customers taste, choice and imagination.

What is a great benefit of the stone worktops is also the matching material that can be added into your kitchen. For example the full up stands that are placed against your wall where the worktop is fitted. This adds a beautiful overall look as it extends the worktop, as long as the up stands are of the same or a matching colour.  Adding the up stands may also create either a fantastic colour scheme or a colour contrast, both options further making your kitchen even more stunning. Therefore once again, this isn’t possible for laminates, and instead tiles would possibly be your choice instead of the upstands.

Granite and quartz worktops are also extremely resistant to sharp knives, shocks and more importantly your worktop is protected from any stronger damages. It is possible for example to chip a stone worktop… however with laminates it is much much easier, and as long as you take good care of your granite or quartz worktop, then it should last you for many years!

Overall the resistance of the stone worktops is great, and many people underestimate this huge attribute. Normally a laminate worktop may last in a great condition for a few years, perhaps more, and this is their biggest downfall. With stone worktops there is no limit, and once again, once they are taken care of regularly the outcome will be that a stone worktop could satisfy you even for a lifetime!

A very important aspect of the stone worktops is that you do not require specific cleaning products to keep them always clean. In fact cleaning stone worktops is very easy, all it takes is just some water and sponge! Remember that the stone worktops are not as sensitive to water as the laminates, and thus can be cleaned with water for as long as possible, though note that the water must be wiped with a dry cloth afterwards to avoid unnecessary long term decolouring.

As mentioned earlier, the customer can choose how his worktops will look like, and adding different varieties of edges isn’t the only option that could customise your worktop. Draining grooves, drainage area and lastly the tap holes are also a choice. These customisations also depend upon the customer’s choice. However it is important to remember that they also add extra features to your worktop that makes it stand out even more, thus presenting itself extremely well once finished, fitted and installed.

Therefore this is another difference between laminates and stone worktops. This option isn’t possible for laminate worktops, and the customer is stuck with only one ultimate choice of a sink, the over mounted sink. Whereas if a stone worktop includes the entire drainage area and grooves then under mounted sinks are also considered, being much nicer, and providing the worktop an ultimate focus when inside the kitchen.

Consequently it is clear that when it comes to choosing a worktop, granite or quartz would be your wisest choice. You may ask yourself if it’s worth the money, and trust me, it is. Stone worktops will satisfy you for your entire life, unlike the laminates. It is guaranteed that stone worktops have the durability that significantly is lacked within the laminates, and yes, the money that is spent on stone worktops is always worth it, especially seen as you will save yourself the unnecessary replacement of a laminate worktop after a few years of possessing it.

Granite or quartz worktops vs laminate.

Is your Kitchen worktop high quality? 

polish granite breakfast barIn fact most of the time it is a very clear realisation! It is important that a person, who is determined to have a kitchen that could be attractive for long time, will actually make the right choice, beginning with a worktop.

Laminate worktops have been a very popular choice in recent years, though there are many aspects that prove that the kitchen standards improve significantly when the natural stone worktops are fitted. Of course by stone worktops I mean granite, quartz and even marble. All of these materials are somewhat a better choice for kitchens due to their attributes, which so many people appreciate.

Beginning with the granite being a lot of a nicer material, yes it sounds very cliché, however it’s true, and it has been confirmed by many people that used to have laminates and later switched to stone worktops.

Granite worktops are natural materials, they always have their own unique look, and every slab of granite will differ from each other, even if the colour is the same. This is because granite is formed out of minerals, minerals which never join in the same way, therefore such a slab would perhaps reflect the original colour such as ‘star galaxy’ though it is guaranteed that the compressed minerals, veins, elements and such will always differ.

With quartz worktops it’s different. Mostly because quartz’s are man-made products, meaning that they are not fully natural like granite worktops. Therefore the overall look of their specific colours can be the same, or extremely similar, it simply all depends on the colour. Either way quartz’s are just as beautiful as the natural stones and unlike granite, quartz worktops have a varied number of colours, patterns etc. A feature which can surpass even the laminate worktops, as the range of quartz’s is huge, and if you’re looking for a pattern or colour that cannot be found amongst granite colours, then you will surely find it amongst the quartz’s.

Moreover when the worktops are finished for a customer, they are sealed. This means that they are covered with a long lasting shining product, which not only will protect the worktop but also outline its beauty and keep a long lasting shine. The sealers are available for all customers, and it is always recommended that the worktops are sealed every 3-4 months in order to keep the high quality gloss permanent.

In addition it is important to know that the overall look of the worktop can also vary when considering the different edges that can be applied to the design. It is always up to the customer how they wish the worktops to look. It is not possible with the laminate products, whereas for the stone worktops it is a standard process. We can shape the worktops in many ways, starting from the standard pencil edge even to a rounded full bullnose (all of the finishes/edges can be checked online). Once again, it all depends on the customers taste, choice and imagination.

What is a great benefit of the stone worktops is also the matching material that can be added into your kitchen. For example the full upstands that are placed against your wall where the worktop is fitted. This adds a beautiful overall look as it extends the worktop, as long as the upstands are of the same or a matching colour.  Adding the upstands may also create either a fantastic colour scheme or a colour contrast, both options further making your kitchen even more stunning. Therefore once again, this isn’t possible for laminates, and instead tiles would possibly be your choice instead of the upstands.

Granite and quartz worktops are also extremely resistant to sharp knives, shocks and more importantly your worktop is protected from any stronger damages. It is possible for example to chip a stone worktop… however with laminates it is much much easier, and as long as you take good care of your granite or quartz worktop, then it should last you for many years!

Overall the resistance of the stone worktops is great, and many people underestimate this huge attribute. Normally a laminate worktop may last in a great condition for a few years, perhaps more, and this is their biggest downfall. With stone worktops there is no limit, and once again, once they are taken care of regularly the outcome will be that a stone worktop could satisfy you even for a lifetime!

A very important aspect of the stone worktops is that you do not require specific cleaning products to keep them always clean. In fact cleaning stone worktops is very easy, all it takes is just some water and sponge! Remember that the stone worktops are not as sensitive to water as the laminates, and thus can be cleaned with water for as long as possible, though note that the water must be wiped with a dry cloth afterwards to avoid unnecessary long term decolouring.

As mentioned earlier, the customer can choose how his worktops will look like, and adding different varieties of edges isn’t the only option that could customise your worktop. Draining grooves, drainage area and lastly the tap holes are also a choice. These customisations also depend upon the customer’s choice. However it is important to remember that they also add extra features to your worktop that makes it stand out even more, thus presenting itself extremely well once finished, fitted and installed.

Therefore this is another difference between laminates and stone worktops. This option isn’t possible for laminate worktops, and the customer is stuck with only one ultimate choice of a sink, the over mounted sink. Whereas if a stone worktop includes the entire drainage area and grooves then under mounted sinks are also considered, being much nicer, and providing the worktop an ultimate focus when inside the kitchen.

Consequently it is clear that when it comes to choosing a worktop, granite or quartz would be your wisest choice. You may ask yourself if it’s worth the money, and trust me, it is. Stone worktops will satisfy you for your entire life, unlike the laminates. It is guaranteed that stone worktops have the durability that significantly is lacked within the laminates, and yes, the money that is spent on stone worktops is always worth it, especially seen as you will save yourself the unnecessary replacement of a laminate worktop after a few years of possessing it.

post

Stone worktops care

Stone worktops care and maintenance

Granite and quartz care is one of the most important priorities after acquiring a worktop. Right after the specific stone worktop is fitted it is impregnated, thus fully sealing the micro gaps on the surface of the worktop, and stopping any liquids from getting inside. A completely new layer of protection is created, preventing dirt and liquids from getting inside, but more importantly preventing the major staining. It is therefore important that your worktop is sealed regularly, approx every 3-4 months in order to keep it’s always natural beautiful look and its unique colour.

granite worktops care and maintance

The cleaning process of the granite and quartz worktops is very simple, just follow these little suggestions:

  • A crucial thing to remember is to simply avoid cleaning products that contain any harmful acids. This includes a citiric acid, formic acid, phosphoric acid, acetic acid and hydrochloric acid etc. Products that contain any of the mentioned acids are often aimed at harsh stains placed on the surfaces, or sediment etc. Using them on a granite or quartz worktops might damage it very badly and in a long term it might prevent the surface from shining, in fact it could even tarnish
  • Bear in mind that that all bleaches are very harmful for the stone worktops, they may highly affect the colours, especially marble worktops.
  • However its generally safe to use ordinary washing up liquids, though it isn’t completely recommended, as when left behind it might limit their resistance to hot pans and pots, thus reducing their effectiveness and enhancing the effect of rings that might be left behind by very hot cooking ware objects.
  • Products which are neutral for marble are those which pH is equal to 7. This is significantly important as substances even with ph5 might harm the structure of the worktop.
  • It is always the best to use either simply water or specialised cleaning products on the worktops, but especially when considering marble as it is the most sensitive stone material. The water used for marble should neither be distilled nor mineral, as this likely may cause slight decolouration.
  • The best products for marble are the completely neutral liquids, matching the scale of pH 7. It’s valid that none of the products used on marble go too much above or below the neutral scale, as even substances with a ph5 scale can be rather harmful for marble worktops.
  • You have to remember that liquids and substances which include silicone oils should always be avoided. This may include products that are aimed at cleaning either glass or furniture etc. They may not harm the stone worktops permanently, and any effects might be possibly seen only during a long term period of time. Though it has been proven that various smudges and traces could form, a very unpleasant, hard to remove result of using such substances.
  • Another chemicals which you should avoid under any circumstances are products that are aimed for cleaning ovens, consisting of high levels of baking soda and potassium chemicals. Unlike the minor products that were mentioned before, these can be a major harm to your worktop, spoiling the surface and causing huge decolouring and staining damages.
  • Quartz , marble and granite counter tops cannot have contact either with petrol, acetone and dense oils, as these have the same negative effects as the oven cleaning products, they might permanently harm the worktops.

Last but not the least…

In order to treat your granite, marble and quartz worktops right it is crucial to use specific products made only for the care of stone worktops, that provide a safe and reliable treatment . You can purchase them either online or in our showroom. They are fantastic for a regular care, and not only they keep your worktops looking originally beautiful but also enhance the unique colour of any given stone worktop.