The holidays will be here before you know it—and if you’re the host, then there will soon be guests flooding your home for dinner parties and other social gatherings. That means your kitchen is going to have to work overtime right along with you as you prepare and serve big Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. With that in mind, are your kitchen countertops ready to host your entire family, and then some? If you’re not sure, here are four tips to help get your granite kitchen countertops in Northern MN ready for a holiday crowd:
- Avoid harsh cleaners: It’s easy to whip out a disinfectant wipe or to use only a wet paper towel to clean off dirty surfaces. But consider just how much food preparation you’ll be doing on your counters this holiday season, and how often those foods are likely to touch the countertop. Although a harsh store-bought chemical cleaner can kill germs and make a dull surface shiny, what it’s also doing is contaminating your ingredients. Instead, use soapy water to clean, then a water and isopropyl alcohol solution to disinfect and shine.
- Make repairs: There’s a chance that your relatives will crowd around the counter while you’re trying to cook because they want to talk to you. To ensure their structural integrity, you need to inspect your kitchen countertops in Northern MN for damage—especially around the edges where small children can hit their heads and adults can bang their hips. Even the smallest chip can cause injury and, although granite is hard to destroy, tiny cracks can become more serious if too many heavy items are dropped on the counter. Contact a professional granite countertop repairperson to inspect and fix any damage.
- Install a new countertop: Let’s say you’ve taken a good hard look at your countertop and have come to the conclusion that it’s time to replace it. It’s old and damaged, it is ugly and it no longer holds a shine or the color is dull. As an early Christmas gift to yourself, why not opt to install a whole new kitchen countertop before the holidays? If this sounds like something you want to move forward on, give the team at L & L Granite Countertops a call for custom countertops and professional installation.
- Protect surfaces: It is always a good idea to avoid cutting and chopping foods directly on your granite countertops. Instead, make a point to always use quality chopping blocks and cutting boards. Not only will this keep the surface looking nice and free of damage, but it’s also a safer way to prepare your ingredients. Granite can be slick, and thus knife or hand slippage is possible. Also, when setting prepared foods and desserts on the countertop, use potholders underneath hot dishes and a folded tablecloth for everything else.
Interested in learning more about customized kitchen countertops in Northern MN? If so, don’t hesitate to contact the granite experts at L & L Granite Countertops to get your questions answered and all the information you’ll need to make your decision.