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What Is Granite?
Granite, igneous rock of visible crystalline formation and texture. It is composed of feldspar (usually potash feldspar and oligoclase) and quartz, with a small amount of mica (biotite or muscovite) and minor accessory minerals, such as zircon, apatite, magnetite, ilmenite, and sphene. Granite is usually whitish or gray with a speckled appearance caused by the darker crystals. Potash feldspar imparts a red or flesh color to the rock. Granite crystallizes from magma that cools slowly, deep below the earth's surface.
Exceptionally slow rates of cooling give rise to a very coarse-grained variety called pegmatite. Granite, along with other crystalline rocks, constitutes the foundation of the continental masses, and it is the most common intrusive rock exposed at the earth's surface.
Although granite has been known as igneous rocks derived from, molten masses or magmas, but there is wide evidence that the origin of some granite may be attributed to regional metamorphism or preexisting rocks, rearrangement and recrystallization taking place without a liquid or molten stage.
The specific gravity of granite ranges from 2.63 to 2.75. Its crushing strength is from 1050 to 14,000 kg per sq cm (15,000 to 20,000 lb per sq in). Granite has greater strength than sandstone, limestone, and marble and is correspondingly more difficult to quarry. It is an important building stone, the best grades being extremely resistant to weathering.
Normally granite is classified in three different groups:
FINE GRAIN: Fine grain granites are those which the feldspar crystals average about 1/16 - 1/8" in diameter.
MEDIUM GRAIN: Medium grain granites are those in which the feldspar crystals average about 1/4" in diameter.
COARSE GRAIN: Coarse grain granites are those in which feldspar crystals average 1/2" , and greater diameter or several centimeters in maximum dimension. Coarse grain granites may have a lower density.
Are You Damaging Your Granite?
If you are using an ordinary household cleaner on your beautiful granite, marble, or other natural stone surfaces, the answer is yes!
Although incredibly durable, natural stone requires proper care to maintain its inherent beauty. A penetrating sealer is typically used to protect against stains by blocking pores and small cracks in the stone, keeping liquid on the surface where it can be easily removed.
Most everyday household cleaners, however, contain ammonia or other harmful chemicals that break down the sealer, making the stone more susceptible to staining and reducing its luster and durability. Common toiletries, like perfume and toothpaste, also contain ingredients that damage stone or degrade the sealer.
Our Daily Cleaner, Weekly Polish, Penetrating Sealer, and Stone and Tile Floor Cleaner have been trusted by homeowners for years to clean and protect granite, marble, travertine, silestone, tile, and just about any other kind of natural or manufactured stone surface.
GRANITE COUNTER TOPS
To keep your natural stone looking brilliant, it’s best to use products that are specifically formulated to prevent deterioration and enhance the beauty of natural stone surfaces. OUR COMPANY, a company with over 20 years experience in the natural stone business, offers a complete line of safe, effective, natural stone care cleaning products. Our equipment and process is a very advanced system to create that brilliant look, as well as a long lasting effect.
BEFORE YOUR FINAL DECISION. MAKE SURE THAT OUR COMPETITORS OFFER THIS STANDARD PROJECT APPLICATION;
- Paper and tape the surfaces and the walls of the surrounding walls. This protects the walls from any water or chemical stains.
- Surround the work area with curtains. This protects your floors as well.
- Clean, degrease the surface and preparation of the granite countertop surface area.
- Apply a heavy coat of the special compound to the surface area.
- Using a special machine and pads, polish the surface area.
- After the granite surface is polished, wash the surface area. Wipe down to a dry condition.
- Allow to completely dry.
- Apply a crystalizer chemical to the surface.
- Using a special machine and pads, polish the crystalizer into surface. This process will add brilliance to the shining surface, as well as sealing the surface area.
- Totally clean the area of all paper/tape protective materials, sweep clean. Place a caution tape on the processed area.
- Allow to dry for 4 hours.
- What is left? A shining granite surface that is sealed from "spills" and can be easily cleaned and maintained.
- We also show you how to expertly maintain your granite countertops, with ease.
Please contact us for a free inspection and professional quotation.