F.A.Q.

How do I maintain my granite counter?

Soap and water! We will provide you with detailed instructions but the bottom line is just soap and water. Avanti seals all of the slabs before cutting even begins and this protects your stone from staining.
You should re-seal after the first year and then every three to five years as needed. Oil spills can be problematic so, if you spill oil
on your counters, clean it up as you go and do not allow it to sit on the stone for any length of time.

Where do you obtain the stone?

Our stone is quarried all over the world. Most of the granite and marble blocks are shipped to Italy for cutting and polishing and then port on the east coast before being shipped to our suppliers. Avanti Kitchens and Granite only uses suppliers who provide elect granite. We never purchase “seconds” or go through disreputable suppliers. Mostly, we purchase from local suppliers but we have suppliers as far away as New York and Florida.

How long does it take once we sign a contract?

Our schedule is usually booked 2-4 weeks in advance. For kitchen remodels, from the time we make templates until we return with your granite countertops, marble fireplace or stone project , is usually seven to ten business days. For new bath or kitchen construction, it is usually a minimum of 7 business days.

What do you do with the leftover stone?

Avanti Kitchens & Granite only charges you for the material that is actually used. Therefore, any remaining material is the property
of Avanti. Because you are charged for the material in sink and cooktop cut-outs, these pieces technically belong to the customer. If the customer wishes, we can deliver them or, for additional cost, re-cut and polish them into bread boards.

How can I know what my stone will look like if it is special ordered?

All of our customers are directed to stone suppliers in the Metro Detroit area so they may hand-pick their granite or marble selections. This allows you to see the quality of polish, the color and the composition of the stone before we even start.

How much do granite countertops cost?

The least expensive granite is comparable to the more expensive solid surface material. Many factors are considered when we price a prospective job: price of the stone, size of the slabs, the type of edge (many included free in price), the number of holes to be cut, and other details, too. This is why we have a strong preference for meeting with you before any pricing is provided.

What is the thickness of the stone used for counter tops?

The stone is available in two thicknesses: ¾ inch and 1 ¼”, 2cm and 3cm respectively. We can also laminate different stone thicknesses for custom thicker edges. Granite, Marble, Slate, Sandstone flooring tile is 3/8″ thick and usually 12″ X 12″, other sizes
also available.

Do you seal the stone?

We seal the stone slab before cutting begins and then if needed we will suggest resealing the countertop once it is installed for a nominal fee.

How careful do I have to be with granite?

Granite is scratch resistant and heat resistant. Take your pots right off the stove and place them on the granite counter. Take things right out of the oven and place them on the granite countertop. Do not cut on the granite because you run the risk of dulling your knives! Other stones such as marble and limestone do not perform as predictably and we discourage their use in several places, especially the kitchen.


Maintain your new Wood Cabinetry

With proper care, your kitchen and bathroom Crystal cabinetry , Shiloh cabinets, Sequoia cabinets and Plato cabinetry will provide a lifetime of use and satisfaction. Proper care involves attentive cleaning, polishing and careful avoidance of damaging household cleaners.

Tips for Wood Cabinets and other wood products

The beauty of wood is in the variation in graining and hue. Because wood is a natural product, it has inherent variation. This variation includes many natural characteristics as a result of tree growth patterns, as well as differences in wood color and grain due to variations in forest growing conditions.

After Cabinet Installation

Wipe the cabinets clean with a soft, damp cloth and dry immediately with another clean, soft cloth. Always wipe in the direction of the wood grain.

Basic Cabinetry Cleaning

Routine cleaning with the appropriate materials will help prevent long-term damage to your finish. Wipe with a dampened cloth and promptly wipe dry. Use a clean cloth dampened with a solution of mild dish washing liquid and water to remove oil, grease, food residue or daily spills. Do not use your dishcloth to clean the cabinets as it may contain remnants of detergents and grease that can have a harmful effect on the finish. Avoid using cleaners that contain the following: bleach, ammonia, citrus products, mineral oil, organic solvents; harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleansers; or self-polishing waxes (particularly products that contain silicone). We do not recommend using paste wax because of the “build up” and “yellowing” effects over time.

Wipe Spills on Cabinet Doors and Body Promptly

Many substances become difficult to remove and may stain or cause other damage upon prolonged contact. If a spill occurs, wipe it promptly with a damp cloth or sponge and dry the surface immediately. Use a blotting action rather than a wiping action to remove the substance.

Avoid Excessive Moisture on Cabinetry

This is one of the worst enemies of any finish. Cabinetry near the sink and dishwasher, and baseboards are most susceptible. Dry off any areas immediately where water has spilled. Avoid draping dishtowels or other wet items over doors or placing coffee makers where steam vents directly onto cabinet surfaces.

Avoid Temperature and Humidity Extremes

Extremes in temperature and humidity can cause wood to expand and contract, swell or warp, and dry out– possibly damaging the finish of your cabinetry. It is important to control the temperature and humidity in your home all year long. You should allow minor warping to go through one heating cycle before considering replacement.

Avoid Exposure to Harsh Cleaners

Harsh cleaners can damage the finish of your cabinetry. Avoid cleaners containing ammonia, bleach, citric acid (including orange and lemon oil) and organic solvents.

Avoid Exposure to Waxes

Most common self-polishing waxes can damage your finish. Take care to use only high-quality cream furniture polishes available from high-end furniture or paint stores.

Guard Against Scratching and abrasion

Clean with a soft, damp cloth when necessary. Avoid using scouring pads and abrasive cleansers as they may dull fine finishes.

Guard Against Plastic and Rubber

Use felt or cloth under plastic or rubber objects as their ingredients may react with wood counter tops.

Basic Cleaning for Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets

Use a soft cloth to wash surface with warm water and a mild dish washing detergent. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

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