Types of Granite and How to Preserve their Beauty
Granite is among the most commonly used material when it comes to premium home design. It is commonly used for kitchen countertops, patios, and tables. Granite is best known not only for its aesthetically pleasing appearance, but also for its toughness and hardness, making it the perfect material for surfaces that are often subjected to extreme pressures.
Granite, being a product of nature, comes in different variations, which means there is bound to be more than a thousand variations of the said stone. In fact, different stones often have various common names, making it difficult for people to choose a certain type of granite for their needs. Some examples of types of granite rocks are Luna Pearl, Ubatuba, Verde Jade, Rosa Beta, Baltic Brown, Autumn Brown, and many others.
No matter what name a certain type of granite has however, they are bound to have something in common. If they’re being used as countertops, patios, or tabletops, they are going to need cleaning and sealing every now and then. For that, no matter what type of granite is used, the processes pretty much remain the same.
Though it is a commonly used material for kitchen countertops and the like, many people still have no clue as to how they can properly clean their granite surfaces without damaging them. To clean granite surfaces, it is best to use warm water or a warm soapy solution to remove stains and the like. It is best to remove stains as quickly as possible, though sometimes this can’t always be done. For this, warm water or a warm soap-water solution should soften up the stain to make it easier to remove. It is important to keep in mind though that anything acidic should be kept away from granite. As tough as this particular stone can be, it is extremely susceptible to damage caused by acidic agents, which corrodes its surface. For those who want a homemade granite cleaner, a bucket of warm water with three parts dishwashing soap and 1 part rubbing alcohol would be ideal. It would also be better if the water used is filtered.
To maintain a granite surface’s beauty, sometimes sealing is needed. It is important to note though that not all types of granite need sealing. To find out if a certain granite surface is in need of sealing, simply put a wet unprinted paper towel or white cotton towel onto the surface and leave it for at least 5 minutes. Check if the area covered by the towel is discolored after 5 minutes. If it is, then the surface needs sealing. Before applying the sealer, thoroughly clean and dry up the granite surface. Once dried, apply the sealer by either using a spray applicator, a clean cotton towel, or a brush, evenly on the surface. Let the sealer set for about 20-25 minutes. Once it almost dries, apply a bit more sealer and wipe it thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. After the indicated application time for the sealer used, another application must be done.
Granite is naturally beautiful and is certainly a welcome addition to any kitchen. Keeping it clean though is the key to maintaining the beauty it adds to your kitchen, and these tips are sure to help you keep you granite tops looking good as new.