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Caring for your stone countertops: 6 quick tips for the holiday season

This time of year, your kitchen becomes the star of the show. Between the cookie baking marathons and the festive party preparations, your beautiful countertops will be working double duty to accommodate all that holiday cheer. And let’s not forget about your bathroom surfaces—which may be in for a shock when friends and family come to visit.


Here are 6 quick tips for caring for your countertops before, during and after the holidays:


1.    Safeguard Your Stone


Countertops made of natural stone such as granite, limestone and marble are popular because of their beauty and natural durability. However, they still benefit from a little TLC. Seal your stone surfaces to prevent them from staining, and wipe up spills immediately to keep liquids from penetrating the surface.


2.    Always Use a Cutting Board


Beautiful countertops are made to stay that way. In the kitchen, always use a cutting board when preparing food. Cutting directly on the stone surface can scratch and dull your countertops, and bacteria from cutting meat can seep into the stone.


3.    A Little Soap and Water Go a Long Way


Using standard chemical cleaners may strip the seal on your countertops and expose the porous surface of the stone. For everyday cleaning, use mild soap and water to help keep your countertops free of grime and preserve their luster. A non-abrasive cleaner or countertop-friendly wipes may be used for stubborn stains. Always rinse with clean water after using any cleaning product.


4.    It’s All in the Wrist


When cleaning your kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops, try to remember to wipe in a circular motion. This will help prevent dulling the stone and will preserve its luster.


5.    Be Gentle with Your Surfaces

Avoid excessive force or thermal shock (extreme heat or cold) to keep your countertops looking their best. Gently lay down heavier items such as pots and pans, and keep hot pads or trivets handy in the kitchen for supporting hot dishes. In the bathroom, be careful with blow dryers, flat irons and other heated appliances.


6.    The Best Way to Get Rid of Goop

Once the holiday hustle and bustle has cleared, do a thorough survey of countertops. For any dried, stuck-on spills or goopy toothpaste globs you may have missed, use a plastic putty knife to get them up instead of a knife or abrasive pad.


Enjoy Beautiful Countertops from One Season to the Next

Our countertops endure a lot. Making sure we take good care of them can help them stay beautiful from one season to the next. Not sure which countertop style is right for your home? Just ask the experts at Primera! We can help you determine which materials will best fit your lifestyle.

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Choosing the best granite thickness: two centimeters vs. three

Looking for a new, fresh countertop?

Picking the right material, color, and design gives your kitchen or bathroom an instant facelift. When it comes to choosing the right thickness for those granite countertops, however? Not quite as exciting!

It is often not a priority decision but choosing the right slab thickness is vital as it affects every aspect of the installation and long-term reliability of your new counters. Let us explain how to pick the perfect thickness for your granite countertops—and why it’s so important.


The Basics

Traditionally, granite countertops are available in two options: two centimeters and three centimeters-thick.

And while a centimeter difference may not seem like much, everything from the installation, short-term price, long-term value, and overall strength are impacted by this one decision.

Here’s what you need to know:



We’ve all done it: leaned against the kitchen counter while reading a recipe or propped our child on the edge to tie his shoe.

Kitchens are the busiest rooms in our home, and our counters should be up to the challenge.

But the truth is, a two-centimeter granite slab can’t handle as much pressure (eek!) as its thicker counterpart. This is especially true around narrow cuts such as in front of a sink. While three-centimeter counters are strong enough to support their own weight when being installed, two-centimeter slabs have to be installed on top of plywood decking to boost its strength and resistance. When scrutinized the plywood is in fact visible from underneath the top. Your guests are unlikely to notice it but you will. Just reaching underneath your two-centimeter laminated top you will be able to feel the plywood support as opposed to polished stone.

Meanwhile, three-centimeter countertops can withstand an overhang of up to a foot, which makes for an ideal, casual eating area.



The more material you use, the higher the cost, right? Well, with granite countertops, this isn’t entirely true.

Sure, three-centimeter slabs are technically more expensive than two-centimeter slabs…if you’re only paying for the material alone; however, the installation is simpler, the fabrication costs remain the same, and handling requires a less strenuous attention—as two-centimeter slabs are more delicate.

So, what does this mean? At Primera, the cost of 3cm slabs are about the same as 2cm slabs.


Long-Term Value

Three-centimeter granite countertops are, ultimately, more valuable in the long-term. The material is stronger and has a sleeker aesthetic, as the profile can be fabricated with more detail.

That’s not to say two-centimeter slabs can’t be fabricated; in fact, they often are. But this is only made possible with the process of lamination, another point off the two-centimeter slab’s value.

Here’s why:


Two-Centimeter Slabs and Lamination

Laminate treatments are used frequently on two-centimeter granite countertops. This process involves applying a thin strip of the same material under the entire border of the countertop (think of it like a small, upside-down fence).

Lamination essentially makes the countertops look thicker, but the seam between the strip and the counter is noticeable—and the countertop is no stronger because of it.


Here’s the Deal

At Primera, we think it’s a bit silly to charge more for three-centimeter granite countertops when the installation, handling, and final result is easier, more efficient, and truly gorgeous.

We’ve seen a pattern:

Two-centimeter slabs tend to be more popular. But the slab requires the edge to be laminated, a labor-intensive process—not to mention the seam is visible. The three-centimeter slab, however, requires no lamination and can be completed faster.

Overall, three-centimeter granite countertops simply offer a much cleaner, more contemporary look while proving to be stronger and offer better value as they cost about the same.

So, are you ready for your new granite countertop? Reach out and we’ll give you the look you’ll love and the strength you need, within your budget and on time.

Contact Primera today.

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Trend spotting: universal design, metallics, and more.

Universally Practical

Universal Design is an up and coming trend, as clients are choosing smart features that improve access and functionality throughout the home, like easy-to-grasp handles, adjustable countertops and pull-out shelves.

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Welcome to the “Gilded Age”

2015 is a kind of “Gilded Age” of design, with metals like copper and rose gold becoming more popular in furniture, lighting, hardware and decor items.

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A Splash of Color

Coral is one of the top colors for 2015, adding a fun, lively splash of color to any space.

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Made to Last

Flooring is trending toward materials that are made to last, like high-quality hardwood with rich tones that never go out of style.

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A Solid Favorite

Solid surface countertops continue to hold their number one spot because of their resistance to heat, mold and scratches – perfect for hardworking kitchens.

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How your granite countertops come to life: check out our granite fabrication process! phoenix, arizona

The average interior design company is going to outsource their granite fabrication process.  One of the powerful elements of Primera Interiors (and just another reason why we are the complete one-stop shop) is that we have our own fabrication shop.

As your most trusted contracting and design company in Phoenix, we ensure that every step of our granite fabrication process is of the highest quality and that the best product is being created.  We know what it takes to bring the highest quality granite countertops into your home or business. Your company can only benefit from our quick and seamless process where zero errors and ensured quality is a must.

While the granite fabrication process involves highly technical skilled labor and complicated machinery, Primera Interiors are professionals at the process.    Here are some of the steps that we take in our fabrication process in order to bring the beautiful granite to life!

How Your Phoenix Granite Countertops Are Made

The process of taking a raw piece of natural granite, having quality machines cut it to precise measurements and having professionals to round and polish the edges takes an average of six hours at Primera.  In our fabrication center all of the stresses of cutting and polishing the stone are completed in house.  Primera ensures that your granite is finalized before reaching the site of your home, business or project meaning that the only work being done on the project site is the installation and assembly of the countertops—lowering the risk of damage to the granite and saving time and money.

At Primera Interiors, we put a strong emphasis on both quality and efficiency, where our staff of highly skilled and qualified professionals expects only the best products along each step of the granite fabrication process. As both a contracting and design company, we work with your business to produce durable, long-lasting, and also original products. From our wide variety of granite colors to our assortment of edge shapes and designs, we help to create the most useful and most beautiful granite countertops to fit the needs and preferences of any style and taste.

The granite countertops that will enter your homes and businesses will catch the eye of everyone who walks past. For our low and competitive prices, you receive guaranteed quality in both product and service. Your granite is processed by only the most efficient and advanced machinery and technology, and is finalized and installed by the hands of only the most trusted and talented of professionals. When it comes to your home and business, Primera Interiors is here to promise only the best we have to offer at the most competitive prices, as well as to answer any questions you may have along the way.


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How to install kitchen countertops

We are remodeling our 1992 kitchen and finally getting rid of the white laminate countertops.  While we are DIY kind of people, I was not so sure I was ready to take on the task of installing the expensive granite.  After some research, it seems we can do this in 4 easy steps.  Whether you are doing it yourself or hiring the work out, check out these few simple rules so you are an informed consumer.

  1. Order Countertops – If you are installing the countertops yourself, you need to find a do-it-yourself granite countertop provider.  If you choose to go with a fabricator, they will commonly do their own measurements and installation to insure exact fitting.  It is crucial to be precise with measurements and don’t forget that granite requires ¾” plywood laid on top of the cabinets to support the granite.  It also provides enough clearance for edging to clear the drawers and doors.  You will also want to note how much you want your countertops to hang over the face of the cabinets.  Depending on style or finished edge, the overhang is typically 1”- 11/2”.   Allow at least 3-4 weeks for delivery.
  2. Demolition & Prep – If you will be using any of the existing appliances or sink, make a template before removing.  Remove all screws, mounting brackets, or retaining clips.  Use a utility knife to cut away caulk where the countertop meets the backsplash.  To prep the cabinets, attach the plywood to the frame of the cabinets with screws.  First drill pilot holes to keep from splitting the face frame.  Granite slabs can weigh more than 200 pounds so you can use a template of the actual measurement of the countertop to dry fit because walls may not be perfectly square.  If you need to scribe a slab, use a circular saw with a dry-cut segmented diamond blade.
  3. Cut Sink Hole & Join Seams– Set the granite in place for the sink counter and trace the sink opening onto the plywood.  Use a jigsaw to cut the sink hole and make it about 1/8” larger than the line you drew.  Drop in sink.  If you will have seams, it is time to level.  Use 1 ¼” screws to adjust the height of the slab from underneath to raise and lower the countertop.  Use a level to fine tune.
  4. Glue Granite & Seams – Lift the granite and put half-dollar dollops of silicone around the perimeter of the cabinets.  Place a bead of caulk around and on top of sink rim and lower the granite slab gently back down.  Tape any seams with blue masking tape.  To fill the seams mix polyester-based resin and small amount of color, trying to match the granite.  Mix a few different colors to blend the seams with a putty knife checking the color against the stone.  Add a hardener (3% hardener – 97% resin) and mix only a workable amount because you only have 5 minutes to apply.  Dab in a neutral color base-coat and smooth as you go.  Apply a lighter color here and there and then the darkest color last.  When done, pull off the masking tape so it doesn’t dry on the tape.  After 30 minutes, smooth out with a seam stone using slow firm pressure in small circles.
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