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Helpful Information About Pink Westerly Granite

Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly. 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 Pink Westerly and how to take of it.

Why Pink Westerly 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. Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly.

"Pink Westerly Granite" - granite from the Permian of Rhode Island, USA. Pink Westerly Granite is a fairly typical granite with an even phaneritic texture. This rock comes from near Westerly in southwestern Rhode Island, USA. It is mid-Early Permian in age, dating to 279 million years (= Sakmarian Stage or Artinskian Stage, depending on what geologic time scale one uses).

In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Pink Westerly are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.

What Pink Westerly Granite Is Made Of

As with most natural granite, Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.

Pink Westerly Properties

One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Pink Westerly Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Pink Westerly is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.

Pink Westerly natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Pink Westerly slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.

Installation of Pink Westerly Granite

It is nice to be able to just go and pick out your Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly the fabricator will make use of some particular tools.

One of the tools that a granite professional will most likely use for installing Pink Westerly is a cartridge glue gun and glue cartridge. These are valuable pieces of equipment when it comes to Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly smoother and more effective.

Caring for Your Pink Westerly Surface

It's true, Pink Westerly Granite is a natural stone that came to be from intense heat and perhaps pressure. However, your Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly surfaces. They are not difficult and they will keep your Pink Westerly natural granite looking its best. There are two main methods for caring for your granite. We'll discuss them next.

Sealing Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly Surfaces

In addition to sealing your Pink Westerly 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 Pink Westerly} 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 Pink Westerly Granite surfaces (especially countertops) will be in the best position to repel stain-causing liquids.

About Maintaining Pink Westerly

It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Pink Westerly Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Pink Westerly, 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, Pink Westerly 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, Pink Westerly 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.