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Q: What are some common cabinet styles?
A: Right now, there are a few different cabinet door styles that are especially hot on the market. Included are Shaker-style, Louvered, Flat, Inset, Distressed, Beadboard, Thermofoil, and Custom. Each of these have a beautiful and distinct style to them so make sure you give each thorough consideration before choosing the one that works best with your design style. 

Q: What about common cabinet door types?
A: The three most common cabinet door type are Inset, Partial Overlay, and Full Overlay/Euro-Style. Each of these provides a different look to go with your cabinet style so talk to your cabinet company about the best choice for your cabinets. 

Q: What options do I have in regards to visibility for cabinet door hinges?
A: Right now there are 3 main types of visibility levels for cabinet door hinges. These include concealed hinge, semi-concealed hinge, and exposed hinge. Each of these will go well with the different cabinet door styles and types, so make sure to ask your cabinet company about these. 

Q: What about the different styles of hinges?
A: A few different hinge styles are Butt Hinges, Deluxe Butt Hinges, Knife Hinge, and European Hinge. 

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Q: What should I know for general maintenance on my cabinet doors?
A: Always wipe up any spills or water splashes right away. You can dust your cabinets from time to time with a damp cloth or a spray duster. 

Q: What are the items I should never, ever use on my cabinet doors?
A: Make sure you avoid the following, which can destroy the topcoat stain or paint finish: 
• Scouring Sponge Pads
• Commercial Cleaners 
• Powdered Cleansers 
• Steel Wool 
• Silicone or Petroleum Spray Polishes 
• Paste, Wax, or Silicone Products 

Q: What do I need to know about long term cabinet care?
A: Approximately 1-2 times per year, wash and polish your cabinet doors with a high quality, oil based furniture polish. Avoid using wax, paste, or silicone products as mentioned above. 

Q: Why should I avoid using wax, paste, petroleum, or silicone products?
A: These products leave a film and build up over time, attracting dust and dirt. They are also extremely hard to remove. 
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Q: Can I use the same products on laminate, quartz, and granite counter tops?
A: No, while there are some interchangeable cleaning methods you can use on all three, laminate is cared for differently than its quartz and granite counterparts. 

Q: How should I clean my quartz and granite counter tops daily?
A: Aside from looking stunning, quartz and granite are super low maintenance. You can wash your counter tops with a mixture of warm water and a couple of drops of dish soap to remove the dirt and debris from the day. 

Q: What do I need to do to care for my granite counter tops long-term?
A: Every 15 years you will need to reseal your counter tops. While it is possible to do this yourself, it’s always best to hire a trusted professional to help you with this task. Proper sealing can ensure that your cabinets last a lifetime. 

Q: Is there anything else I need to know about granite or quartz counter tops? Can I cut on them or place my cooking pots on them?
A: While quartz and granite are extremely durable, it is always best to take proper care of them and avoid placing hot objects directly on them or cutting on them. Something else to remember is to clean up all spills right away to avoid staining. 

Q: How should I care for my laminate counter tops daily?
A: Similar to quartz and granite, you can wash them daily with a warm water/dish soap combination. If you find a stain on your laminate counter top, create a baking soda paste with water, at a 3:1 ratio, and let it sit on the stain for 5 minutes. Once this is done, you can buff the stain away with a rag. Never use abrasive materials on your laminate counter tops.  

Q: What colors is granite available in?
A: Depending on your counter top company, granite is available in black, brown, blue, beige, gold, off-white, and more. They all come with beautiful mineral streaks in them to provide a marbled look. 

Q: How is quartz different than granite?
A: Quartz is manufactured, whereas granite is not. With current demands for granite increasing, manufacturers have started mimicking the patterns and colors of granite. 

Q: What colors are available in laminate counter tops?
A: You can get laminate counter tops in nearly any color, and is limited to whatever your distributor has in stock. A popular option lately is to have laminate counter tops installed to copy the look of granite or quartz counter tops. Laminate is one of the most popular counter top materials available right now due to its endless options and inexpensive material. 

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