Helpful Information About Nara Brown Granite
Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown. 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 Nara Brown and how to take of it.
Why Nara Brown 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. Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown.
Nara Brown Granite (a.k.a. Nara Granite, Caledonia Granite, Caledonia Nara Brown Granite, Caledonia Nara Granite) - this has the appearance of an ordinary porphyritic granite with K-feldspar phenocrysts, but petrologic and regional geologic work shows that it is a charnockite (a porphyritic farsundite or porphyritic quartz mangerite, to be more specific).
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Nara Brown are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Nara Brown Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.
Nara Brown Properties
One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Nara Brown Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Nara Brown is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Nara Brown natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Nara Brown slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Fabricating Natural Nara Brown Granite
What goes into working with and fabricating Nara Brown Granite? Well, for most of us the project is bigger than we are equipped to take on. This is because Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown is much easier for them than it would be for a novice.
Even transporting Nara Brown natural granite can be a challenge for the average person. Even handy individuals and do-it-yourselfers could find moving a piece of Nara Brown Granite form point A to point B. Since Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown will require a specific formulated and colored granite glue. These are all supplies that fabricators are familiar with and even already have.
How to Care for Nara Brown
There are some basic care requirements involved with owning a Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown surface includes periodically sealing the stone using a natural stone sealer. In the case of a Nara Brown 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.
Cleaning Nara Brown Surfaces
In addition to sealing your Nara Brown 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 Nara Brown} 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 Nara Brown Granite surfaces (especially countertops) will be in the best position to repel stain-causing liquids.
About Maintaining Nara Brown
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Nara Brown Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Nara Brown, 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, Nara Brown 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, Nara Brown 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.