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Blue pearl granite is a popular choice for modern kitchen countertops, mainly because of the granite’s durability and the blue pearl color’s beauty. Normally, these countertops can be ordered pre-cut to suit most applications. However, if you want to have a more unique shape for your granite counter, then you may need to cut the blue pearl granite down to size. Here are the things you need to make it happen.
Like all construction projects, it comes down to preparation. The main tool you will need is a cutting instrument. You have three choices here: a grinder with a diamond blade, a circular saw with a diamond blade, or a laser-sided saw, the one which uses a short-pulse laser for cutting. After obtaining your cutting instrument, you will also need a vacuum to suck up the granite dust particles as you cut. Ideally, this vacuum will be an attachment to your cutter, but it can also be separate equipment. To protect yourself, you will also need a mask and goggles.
Before the actual cutting, you need to do very careful measurements first. You need to measure the final location, as well as any cutouts you need to fit in (some faucets, for example). To make the job easier, you can fit pieces of plywood over the final counter location, glue them together, and place the thing on top of your blue pearl granite as a template. Now you can trace the outline with a piece of chalk to serve as your guide for cutting.
Now, turn on the vacuum and begin cutting. As you cut, you need to work slowly and cautiously, keeping the saw steady at all times. You should also ready the different blades for your saw, to cut the edges and curves as you go along. Check the manual to see which blades are appropriate to use at any given time. When you finish a section, smooth them out with a small grinder. Then, when you are finally done, clean and polish those areas you have grounded.
Now that you know these steps, you should select a good location to do all the cutting. The process is very, very messy, so somewhere outside the main house is most ideal. But needless to say, it is best if you have some cutting experience beforehand, because a steady hand is very crucial to the final beauty of your blue pearl granite. That being said, however, there is always a sense of fulfillment in doing it yourself, and some trial and error should not deter you from this project.
Bathroom countertops can get stained very easily. It is a great challenge to keep them clean. Different types of stains may require different methods of cleaning. You can either follow some standard cleaning products or use your own formulas for removing various stains from the counter.
Cleaning using hydrogen peroxide: If you notice some yellow stains on your bathroom counter you can remove them easily using hydrogen peroxide. All you have to do is dip a clean cloth in a bowl of hydrogen peroxide and wipe it on the stains. Let it dry and then repeat the process 2-5 times for completely removing the stains.
Scrubbing and soap solution: A simple way to remove the day-to-day stains is by using a scrubber and a soap solution. Make a solution by mixing a little dish wash soap and water. Dip a cloth or sponge in the solution and wipe down the stains. Doing this regularly can help you to maintain a clean countertop.
Commercial cleaners: If you have tough stains which are difficult to remove, you can use some of the commercial cleaners available in the market. Look for specific types of solutions which are meant for removing stains from your countertop material. Use it according to the instructions given and get rid of the stubborn stains. Some of them may have harmful chemicals, so use appropriate protective gear while cleaning.
Toothbrush and baking soda: If you have scorch marks on your bathroom countertop you can easily remove them by using simple items like a toothbrush and baking soda. First use a soft cloth dipped in soap solution to remove the discoloration as much as possible. Apply a paste of baking soda and water on the scorch marks. Scrub the area gently with the toothbrush. Use a soft cloth and wipe the area clean. If the stain still remains, use the Barkeeper’s Friend and clean the marks.
Corn starch: if you have oil stains on your countertop, you can use corn or whiting starch to remove the stains. When you notice the stains spread, put some of the powder on the stains immediately. After sometime use a brush and gently remove the dirt. If the stains persist, reapply the powder and leave it for 24 hours. You can either scrub the stains with a hot detergent solution or wipe them with a cloth dipped in ammonia.
With so many methods available you can easily remove any type of stains from your bathroom countertop. Follow these simple procedures and keep your bathroom stain free and clean. The best way to take care of your counter is to clean the surface regularly. In this way your cleaning becomes easy and you need not deal with tough stains.
The surfaces in the bathroom are exposed to extreme temperatures from steam and from appliances, such as hair dryers, curling irons and other hair appliances. Some of the appliances can even cause marks or burns to appear unsightly and may not be easily removed.
There are natural and man-made surfaces available for a bathroom counter top. Man-made surfaces include laminates and formica. They are often chosen for the low cost and the ease of cleaning surfaces with soap and water. However, laminate or formica can easily be burned by appliances and can come away from the base of the counter when exposed to moisture from a steamy shower.
Natural surfaces include marble, ceramic tile, granite and cement. Ceramic tile can hold up to heat, but may be chipped or cracked when heavy items are dropped on it. It does hold up to extreme temperatures and can look very attractive on the top of a vanity. If it does get damaged, it provides the advantage of requiring replacement of the individual tile, which is very inexpensive. Marble can withstand high temperatures, but can become stained over time. It will then need to be sanded or replaced in extreme circumstances. Under some circumstances, marble can also chip or crack.
The best materials to withstand the extreme warmth and heat from appliances are granite or cement. Cement can now have color chips added, to make it more attractive and to blend with a room’s decor. If used for a bathroom counter, it must be mixed and poured properly, with the right amount of time to allow it to set up properly. Otherwise, it can also crack over time.
Granite is a great substance to use on any vanity or bathroom surface. It comes in a variety of color shades to coordinate with walls, floors and fixtures. It stands up to both moisture and heat. It cleans easily and lasts a long time. It may cost more than other materials, but can provide a look of elegance that man-made materials may not offer.
While there are many types of materials used for a bathroom counter top, those that are made of natural stone are best able to withstand the elements of the bathroom. Some cheaper materials are easy to care for, but will not offer the durability of natural stone materials. The extra money spent on better materials is worth the cost when the life of the surface is considered.