Helpful Information About Luna Pearl Granite
Luna Pearl 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 Luna Pearl 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 Luna Pearl. 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 Luna Pearl and how to take of it.
Why Luna Pearl 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. Luna Pearl 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 Luna Pearl.
Luna Pearl Granite is a subporphyritic biotite leucogranite, derived from the Late Pennsylvanian-Early Permian Sardinian-Corsican Batholith (~280-310 million years). This rock has potassium feldspar, sodic plagioclase feldspar, quartz, amphibole, and biotite mica. The term “leucogranite” refers to especially pale or whitish-colored granites.
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Luna Pearl are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Luna Pearl Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Luna Pearl 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 Luna Pearl Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.
Luna Pearl Properties
One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Luna Pearl Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Luna Pearl is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Luna Pearl natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Luna Pearl slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Working With Luna Pearl Granite
Granite fabricators are no doubt familiar with suppliers that offer Luna Pearl and can help you find some slabs from which to choose your personal favorite. Fabrication professionals are the way to go for many natural granite enthusiasts. If you are looking for a Luna Pearl Granite slab, a stone fabrication shop could prove to be a very advantageous choice. This is because they are experienced in working with natural stone and have probably even worked with Luna Pearl. Which takes not only know-how but the proper equipment.
There are some important tools that fabrication professionals need if they are to work with Luna Pearl Granite. One piece of equipment that stone professionals need is a saw with the horsepower to run a diamond blade. Not only the saw, but also the granite blade is an important tool for a fabrication pro. Luna Pearl is a hard material and having a blade that can cut it makes the finished project look its best; not-to-mention how much easier the project is when you have professional grade equipment and tools.
Luna Pearl Granite Care
Even though Luna Pearl 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 Luna Pearl surface. Let's take a brief look at each of these aspects.
Sealing Luna Pearl 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 Luna Pearl 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 Luna Pearl 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 Luna Pearl 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 Luna Pearl Surfaces
In addition to sealing your Luna Pearl 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 Luna Pearl} 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 Luna Pearl Granite surfaces (especially countertops) will be in the best position to repel stain-causing liquids.
About Maintaining Luna Pearl
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Luna Pearl Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Luna Pearl, 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, Luna Pearl 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, Luna Pearl 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.