Helpful Information About Giallo Napolean Granite
Giallo Napolean 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 Giallo Napolean 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 Giallo Napolean. 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 Giallo Napolean and how to take of it.
Why Giallo Napolean 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. Giallo Napolean 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 Giallo Napolean.
"Giallo Napoleone Granite" is porphyritic alkaline granite from the late Neoproterozoic to Cambrian of Espirito Santo State in southeastern Brazil. Alkaline granites have a higher potassium and/or sodium content than ordinary granites.
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Giallo Napolean are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Giallo Napolean Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Giallo Napolean 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 Giallo Napolean Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.
Giallo Napolean Properties
One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Giallo Napolean Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Giallo Napolean is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Giallo Napolean natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Giallo Napolean slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Fabricating Natural Giallo Napolean Granite
What goes into working with and fabricating Giallo Napolean Granite? Well, for most of us the project is bigger than we are equipped to take on. This is because Giallo Napolean is such a hard material that ordinary tools aren't the best suited for working with it. For example, just drilling a hole in a Giallo Napolean kitchen countertop slab will take a diamond core bit designed to cut through rock. Stone fabrication professionals have all this equipment. Therefore, the project is not only easier for them, but they have more experience actually working with granite. So, cutting, drilling, and installing Giallo Napolean is much easier for them than it would be for a novice.
Even transporting Giallo Napolean natural granite can be a challenge for the average person. Even handy individuals and do-it-yourselfers could find moving a piece of Giallo Napolean Granite form point A to point B. Since Giallo Napolean is heavy, it requires more than one person to move, lift, and adjust it. That doesn't even take into consideration the material handling equipment that one needs to transport it. Additionally, installing Giallo Napolean will require a specific formulated and colored granite glue. These are all supplies that fabricators are familiar with and even already have.
Giallo Napolean Granite Care
Even though Giallo Napolean Granite surfaces are durable and tough, to keep the natural beauty for which you invested in the surface, a plan for taking care of the stone will be necessary. There are two main aspects of caring for your Giallo Napolean surface. Let's take a brief look at each of these aspects.
Sealing Giallo Napolean 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 Giallo Napolean 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 Giallo Napolean 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 Giallo Napolean 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 Giallo Napolean Surfaces
In addition to sealing your Giallo Napolean 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 Giallo Napolean} 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 Giallo Napolean Granite surfaces (especially countertops) will be in the best position to repel stain-causing liquids.
About Maintaining Giallo Napolean
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Giallo Napolean Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Giallo Napolean, 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.
Giallo Napolean Granite is a unique natural stone that will result in your design being truly unique. Your kitchen or other area will not only be appealing, but it will also be functional. Additionally, how you care for your Giallo Napolean surface will play a role in how long it looks its best. However, for the best results, the install will most likely need to be handled by a professional fabrication company.
* 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.