Helpful Information About Iguana Green Granite
Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green. 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 Iguana Green and how to take of it.
Why Iguana Green 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. Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green.
Iguana Green Granite - faulted and sheared gneiss (or migmatite) from Brazil. Gneiss is a common high-grade, foliated metamorphic rock characterized by alternating bands of light- and dark-colored minerals. It forms by metamorphism of schists or felsic-to-intermediate intrusive igneous rocks (e.g., granite).
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Iguana Green are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Iguana Green Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.
Iguana Green Properties
One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Iguana Green Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Iguana Green is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Iguana Green natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Iguana Green slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Installation of Iguana Green Granite
It is nice to be able to just go and pick out your Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green the fabricator will make use of some particular tools.
One of the tools that a granite professional will most likely use for installing Iguana Green is a cartridge glue gun and glue cartridge. These are valuable pieces of equipment when it comes to Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green smoother and more effective.
Caring for Your Iguana Green Surface
It's true, Iguana Green Granite is a natural stone that came to be from intense heat and perhaps pressure. However, your Iguana Green surface has undergone some treatments to prepare it for its place in your finished project. As a result, there are some basic facets of taking care of your Iguana Green surfaces. They are not difficult and they will keep your Iguana Green natural granite looking its best. There are two main methods for caring for your granite. We'll discuss them next.
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 Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green surface includes periodically sealing the stone using a natural stone sealer. In the case of a Iguana Green 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.
Iguana Green Cleaning
Besides keeping your Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green, 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 Iguana Green
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Iguana Green Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Iguana Green, 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 Iguana Green make very durable surfaces for the home and can ber a challenge to install yourself. Having your Iguana Green 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 Iguana Green 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.