Helpful Information About Rockville White Granite
Rockville White 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 Rockville White 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 Rockville White. 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 Rockville White and how to take of it.
Why Rockville White 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. Rockville White 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 Rockville White.
"Rockville White" comes from the Precambrian of central Minnesota. This rock is a porphyritic granite to a weakly-developed rapakivi granite. The large, light-colored crystals are microcline feldspar (= potassium feldspar). Plagioclase feldspar is also present. The dark gray material is quartz. The black-colored material is biotite mica and hornblende amphibole. Minor minerals reported from the Rockville Granite include zircon, apatite, chlorite, sericite mica, and titanite/sphene.
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Rockville White are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Rockville White Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Rockville White 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 Rockville White Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.
Rockville White Properties
One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Rockville White Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Rockville White is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Rockville White natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Rockville White slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Rockville White Stone Fabrication
Fabricating Rockville White Granite can be easy or it can be a challenge. The difference in difficulty come from the different degrees of knowledge, skill, and equipment that the one doing the work possesses. So, the easiest way to work with Rockville White natural granite is to pay a professional to do the work. The knowledge of the industry and the quality equipment can really make a difference in the results.
One piece of equipment that fabricators use is polishing pads. These abrasive discs are available in various styles, sizes and types. There are wet polishing pads as well as polishing pads that used in dry environments. A polished finish is only one kind of finish that Rockville White can have though. There are others. One example is a leathered, or antiqued finish. Again, achieving this kind of finish depends on using the proper tool; a set of Finishing brushes for granite. The result is a stone that is not as glossy or shiny as a polished finish but has just as distinct of a look.
Rockville White Granite Care
Even though Rockville White 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 Rockville White surface. Let's take a brief look at each of these aspects.
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 Rockville White 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 Rockville White surface includes periodically sealing the stone using a natural stone sealer. In the case of a Rockville White 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 Rockville White
Another aspect of caring for your granite surface is to use a cleaner formulated for use on natural stone. Rockville White 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 Rockville White 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 Rockville White
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Rockville White Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Rockville White, 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.
Rockville White Granite is a unique natural stone that will result in your design being truly unique. Your kitchen or other area will not only be appealing, but it will also be functional. Additionally, how you care for your Rockville White surface will play a role in how long it looks its best. However, for the best results, the install will most likely need to be handled by a professional fabrication company.
* 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.