Since granite is a natural stone, it does need sealing to create a nonporous finish and protect it from stains. It’s done at installation and resealed every few years for maintenance. When you seal your granite countertop properly, daily care is a breeze. Use a soft cloth to dust the surface or wipe it down with plain water or mild soap. For additional cleaning, use a specially formulated stone cleaner with a neutral pH. Never use abrasive cleaners or harsh chemicals. Sure, it’s extra work, but it is worth the effort. With the proper care, your countertop can add value to your home and provide a lifetime of enjoyment.
Granite consists of minerals and rocks, primarily quartz, potassium feldspar, mica, amphiboles, and other trace minerals. Granite typically contains 20-60% quartz, 10-65% feldspar, and 5-15% micas. The minerals that make up granite give it the unique colouring we see today. This natural stone must contain a minimum of 20% quartz to be categorised as granite, so a completely white or completely black slab is not technically granite.
Another factor in the colour of granite is the source of molten rock that cooled to form the stone. If the molten rock contained a lot of potassium feldspar, the granite is likely to be a salmon-pink colour. On the other hand, if the molten rock is abundant in quartz and minerals that make up amphibole, you will likely get a black and white speckled granite commonly seen on countertops.
Granite tones offer trendy textures and combinations of milky white to black and brown or grey in varied patterns ranging from cosmic swirls of galaxy-like striations to subtle speckled skies. Whether you prefer a traditional look or a striking statement, there is one suited to your taste.
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