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Helpful Information About Antique Yellow Granite

Antique Yellow is one of the names of granite you will find in our gallery. This is one of many different types of natural granite that people use for kitchen countertops and other surfaces. As with most granite, there are some specific features that Antique Yellow possesses. Additionally, there are some traits that make this granite unique. In this article, we won't go into too much detail about the unique qualities of Antique Yellow. We will mention some brief comments about the composition or the visual appearance or both, but the majority of this article will talk about working with Antique Yellow and how to take of it.

Why Antique Yellow Granite

One of the first things to contemplate when considering any granite surface is why people choose it. There are many reasons people select natural granite for kitchen countertops. Antique Yellow Granite has many of the benefits that virtually all natural granite offers. It does however, have some characteristics that make it what it is. And like many other stone surfaces knowing a bit about the composition can be helpful. The following quote was taken from the description of a photo written by a geologist about Antique Yellow.

Granite from the Precambrian-Cambrian of Brazil. "Granite" in the decorative stone trade is any relatively hard rock that will take a fine polish, regardless of mineralogy or chemistry or geologic origin. "Granites" turn out to be felsic to mafic intrusive igneous rocks (granite, granodiorite, porphyritic granite, rapakivi granite, orbicular granite, pegmatitic granite, graphic granite, anorthosite, monzonite, gabbro, norite, gabbronorite, dolerite, diabase, charnockite, etc.) and high-grade to very high-grade metamorphic rocks (metanorthosite, gneiss, metaconglomerate, amphibolite, quartzite, granulite, migmatite).

In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Antique Yellow are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.

What Antique Yellow Granite Is Made Of

As with most natural granite, Antique Yellow is a composition of primarily natural quartz and/or feldspar. It can contain other materials, but the main minerals are those in most cases.

The minerals that make up a Antique Yellow Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.

Antique Yellow Properties

One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Antique Yellow Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Antique Yellow is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.

Antique Yellow natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Antique Yellow slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.

Installation of Antique Yellow Granite

It is nice to be able to just go and pick out your Antique Yellow slab and then patiently wait until it gets installed in your kitchen or other space. However, there is a significant amount of work and skill that goes into a good Antique Yellow Granite install. Granite professionals invest in powerful equipment and tools to be able to take a slab of rock and formit into a kitchen countertop. For the installation of a slab of Antique Yellow the fabricator will make use of some particular tools.

One of the tools that a granite professional will most likely use for installing Antique Yellow is a cartridge glue gun and glue cartridge. These are valuable pieces of equipment when it comes to Antique Yellow Granite installation. Other tools that you will likely see during installation if you are there when it is installed are seam setters, support brackets, and carry clamps. These are just some of the granite installation tools that make the work of installing Antique Yellow smoother and more effective.

How to Care for Antique Yellow

There are some basic care requirements involved with owning a Antique Yellow kitchen countertop. It is a natural surface and it is very durable. And although it is very durable, keeping it looking its best takes a bit of regular care. This care comes trough a couple of channels. Each of the following plays an important role in caring for your Antique Yellow Granite surface.

Sealing Antique Yellow Granite

You may have heard that natural stone needs to be sealed. You also may have heard that you need to check with the fabricator to find out. Both of these statements are true. One of the two main ways that you can care for your Antique Yellow surface is to periodically reseal the surface using an appropriate stone sealer. There are many kinds and we even offer a stone sealer that is food safe for kitchen countertops (both indoors and outdoors). Keeping up with resealing your Antique Yellow surface helps protect it from oil and water-based liquids that could get into the pores and stain the surface.

Resealing a granite countertop is not a difficult task and it does not have to be done all that often. It all depends on how much wear and tear the surfaces experiences through household use. About every 6 to 12 months it would be good to do a water test on the Antique Yellow surface. This simple test lets you know how absorbent the stone is at that time. The test is easy. Just put som water on the stone in various places and see how fast it absorbs the water. The more absorbent, the more needed the sealer is.

Cleaning Antique Yellow Surfaces

In addition to sealing your Antique Yellow surface, regular cleaning plays a major role in caring for the stone. In fact, there is more than one facet to cleaning a granite surface. The first is daily cleaning using a natural stone cleaner that is formulated to clean without dissolving your stone sealer. Doing this will ensure that you are not resealing your Antique Yellow} surfaces more frequently than you need to.

Another type of cleaning that you may need to perform is a stain removal. There are various kinds of cleaners for stone surfaces. And when a stone's pores are exposed because of not being sealed or from the use of the wrong kinds of daily cleaners specific cleaner may be needed. For example, if a stone is stained from olive oil, a stain remover may be needed to draw the oil out of the stone. By cleaning daily using the proper cleaner however, your Antique Yellow Granite surfaces (especially countertops) will be in the best position to repel stain-causing liquids.

About Maintaining Antique Yellow

It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Antique Yellow Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Antique Yellow, basically involves the following:

  • Use a pH neutral cleaner to keep the sealer from breaking down and clean any debris from the surface.
  • Reseal the surface of your granite surface when it gets "thirsty"*.
  • Using a fortified stone polish periodically gradually maintains the sealer on the surface of the natural stone.

In conclusion, granite surfaces like Antique Yellow make very durable surfaces for the home and can ber a challenge to install yourself. Having your Antique Yellow Granite countertop installed by a professional with the proper tools and equipment will yield the best results. Additionally, how you care for the surface after the installation will go a long way toward years of performance from your Antique Yellow kitchen countertop surface.

* A thirsty granite stone is one that quickly absorbs water resting on its surface. Simply put a tablespoon of water on the surface of the stone. The faster the water is absorbed, the "thirstier" the stone is.