Helpful Information About Delicatus Ice Granite
Delicatus Ice 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 Delicatus Ice 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 Delicatus Ice. 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 Delicatus Ice and how to take of it.
Why Delicatus Ice 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. Delicatus Ice 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 Delicatus Ice.
Graphic granite in pegmatitic granite, attributed to Brazil with creamy-colored & white potassium feldspar, light gray to medium gray quartz, and black biotite mica. The small, scattered red spots are garnet (click on the photo to zoom in & look around). Granites having a graphic texture (runic texture) consist of potassium feldspar and quartz crystals that interpenetrate in a way that somewhat resembles ancient writing, like Cuneiform or sometimes Arabic.
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Delicatus Ice are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Delicatus Ice Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Delicatus Ice 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 Delicatus Ice Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.
Delicatus Ice Properties
One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Delicatus Ice Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Delicatus Ice is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Delicatus Ice natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Delicatus Ice slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Installation of Delicatus Ice Granite
It is nice to be able to just go and pick out your Delicatus Ice 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 Delicatus Ice 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 Delicatus Ice the fabricator will make use of some particular tools.
One of the tools that a granite professional will most likely use for installing Delicatus Ice is a cartridge glue gun and glue cartridge. These are valuable pieces of equipment when it comes to Delicatus Ice 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 Delicatus Ice smoother and more effective.
How to Care for Delicatus Ice
There are some basic care requirements involved with owning a Delicatus Ice 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 Delicatus Ice Granite surface.
Maintaining the Seal
Even before your surface arrived in your home it was being given treatments to prepare it for the "day in, day out" wear and tear that comes from normal household use. One of the treatments the surface underwent was an initial sealing. Granite slabs get sealed to make them less absorbent. Natural granite is porous. And some Delicatus Ice Granite slabs are more porous than others. So slabs get an initial sealing to help them be more resistant to water-based and oil-based liquids that can penetrate the pores and stain them.
One of the parts of caring for your Delicatus Ice surface includes periodically sealing the stone using a natural stone sealer. In the case of a Delicatus Ice Granite kitchen countertop, you may want to choose a food safe granite sealer designed especially for eating surfaces. Treating the surface when the stone begins losing its repellent nature is the first part of the two-pronged care process.
Delicatus Ice Cleaning
Besides keeping your Delicatus Ice surfaces and countertops sealed properly, you will also need to use some cleaning techniques designed to yield the best results in your overall maintenance program. In so doing, you will find that there are a couple of aspects to cleaning Delicatus Ice surfaces. The first aspect of cleaning granite is the everyday cleaning tasks. This kind of cleaning would include wiping up spills, splatters, and crumbs from the surface of the stone.
When daily cleaning is being performed, the best cleaner for the job is a pH neutral cleaner. Why us a pH neutral cleaner for natural stone? Because these cleaners do not break down the sealer. Some cleaners will simply remove the sealer that you use to treat the surface of the stone. When this happens it is as if the surface was never sealed in the first place. So, using the appropriate cleaner will retain the benefits you gain by using a natural stone sealer.
In addition to the daily cleaning of Delicatus Ice, and particularly in the event that your sealer has been worn down or dissolved, you may find that you have to remove a stain of some sort. When this happens, you will need a different kind of cleaner. There are a number of specialty cleaners that are formulated to remove specific kinds of discolorations. These kinds of cleaners are often referred to as stain removers. Depending on the kind of stain or discoloration you have, you will need a remover made for that particular substance.
About Maintaining Delicatus Ice
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Delicatus Ice Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Delicatus Ice, 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.
As with many other project types, Delicatus Ice is a natural stone that is best fabricated and installed by a professional with both experience and the right equipment. And once the material is installed and initially sealed, maintenance is needed. As we have seen, Delicatus Ice Granite is not a chore to maintain if the proper products are used in the proper manner. Doing so effectively will no doubt provide you with years of performance.
* 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.