"Granite" is used as a generic term in the stone industry to describe igneous rocks composed of visible grains that appear like speckles in the rock. Some rock labled as granite in the industry are not “true” granites but basalts, gneisses, etc. Igneous rock begins as molten material or magma rising from the earth's core. As it comes into contact with other rock at or near the earth's surface and cools, granite will develop its unique appearance, character and nuances. Most granites withstand wear and exposure well due to the hardness of its many minerals. It is the most durable natural stone. If damaged or not cared for properly, granite is difficult to repair.
Even though granite many be naturally repel water and some caustic liquids, oils can still penetrate and cause discoloration or staining. Granite should be sealed with impregnating sealers. These sealers help repel liquids and oils, and maintain the stone’s health and beauty. With high grade sealers, Granite needs maintenance every 2 - 4 years.
- Neutral pH stone soap is best for regular cleaning.
- Other more aggressive cleaners like bleach, strippers, and acids can be used.
- Always test cleaners in an inconspicuous area and ensure to follow directions.
- A deck brush can be used to remove more soiled or mineral affected exterior areas.
- Most granites withstand wear and exposure well due to the hardness of its minerals.
- Still, standing water should be squeegeed, as mineral build-up and more rapid weathering can occur.
- If additional treatment is needed, more aggressive, homeowner friendly cleaners and processes can be used.
- It is excellent almost anyware in the home or commercial center and may naturally repel water and most acidic liquids.