Helpful Information About Mountain Green Granite
Mountain 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 Mountain 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 Mountain 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 Mountain Green and how to take of it.
Why Mountain 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. Mountain 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 Mountain Green.
This greenish, garnetiferous metanorthosite is a polished decorative stone from the Marcy Anorthosite, which was emplaced 1.155 billion years ago, during the Mesoproterozoic. The rock comes from the Cold Springs Granite Quarry, off Rt. 9N between the small towns of Au Sable Forks and Jay, northeast of Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York.
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Mountain Green are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Mountain Green Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Mountain 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 Mountain 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.
Mountain 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 Mountain Green Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Mountain Green is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Mountain Green natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Mountain Green slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Working With Mountain Green Granite
Granite fabricators are no doubt familiar with suppliers that offer Mountain Green 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 Mountain Green 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 Mountain Green. 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 Mountain Green 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. Mountain Green 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.
What Goes Into Caring for Mountain Green
Mountain Green natural granite does benefit from a bit of TLC. True, granite is a chunk of a mountain, which makes it sound virtually indestructible. But don't forget that granite undergoes some treatments before it is installed in a kitchen, bathroom, or other part of the home. So, keeping your Mountain Green countertop or other surface looking its best takes a little bit of care from the new owner. Caring for Mountain Green happens in a couple of main ways. These ways are what we will look at 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 Mountain 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 Mountain Green surface includes periodically sealing the stone using a natural stone sealer. In the case of a Mountain 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.
How to Clean Mountain Green
Another aspect of caring for your granite surface is to use a cleaner formulated for use on natural stone. Mountain Green countertops and other surfaces are natural stone and sealing them is only one part. Not every household cleaner is made for use on natural stone. In reality, some cleaners actually break down natural stone sealers. So to maintain the seal that you are replenishing every-so-often, be sure to use a natural stone cleaner that will not degrade sealers. This is true of all sorts of natural stone cleaners. Let's look at some basic ones now.
One type of natural stone cleaner is the daily cleaner that is designed to remove the spots, smudges, and food residue that inevitably ends up on your Mountain Green kitchen countertop. Another type of cleaner that is not as frequently needed is a stain remover. If your sealer breaks down and and an oil based liquid or a water based liquid gets into the pores of the granite, you may need this type of cleaning agent. These products are formulated to draw the stain out of the stone. But once again, keeping the sealer replenished on the stone reduces the need for these types of stone cleaners.
About Maintaining Mountain Green
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Mountain Green Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Mountain 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.
As with many other project types, Mountain Green 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, Mountain Green 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.