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Helpful Information About Rosa Betta Granite

Rosa Betta 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 Rosa Betta 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 Rosa Betta. 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 Rosa Betta and how to take of it.

Why Rosa Betta 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. Rosa Betta 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 Rosa Betta.

Rosa Beta Granite is an attractive porphyritic monzogranite from the Sardinian-Corsican Batholith of Sardinia. It dates to the Late Pennsylvanian-Early Permian, at ~280-310 million years. This material is quarried at Luogosanto in northern Sardinia, a large island in the Mediterranean, west of Italy. The large pinkish crystals are potassium feldspar. The whitish crystals are sodic plagioclase feldspar. The grayish crystals are quartz. The black crystals are hornblende amphibole & biotite mica.

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

What Rosa Betta Granite Is Made Of

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

Rosa Betta Properties

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

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

Rosa Betta Stone Fabrication

Fabricating Rosa Betta 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 Rosa Betta 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 Rosa Betta 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.

Rosa Betta Granite Care

Even though Rosa Betta 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 Rosa Betta 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 Rosa Betta 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 Rosa Betta surface includes periodically sealing the stone using a natural stone sealer. In the case of a Rosa Betta 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.

Rosa Betta Cleaning

Besides keeping your Rosa Betta surfaces and countertops sealed properly, you will also need to use some cleaning techniques designed to yield the best results in your overall maintenance program. In so doing, you will find that there are a couple of aspects to cleaning Rosa Betta surfaces. The first aspect of cleaning granite is the everyday cleaning tasks. This kind of cleaning would include wiping up spills, splatters, and crumbs from the surface of the stone.

When daily cleaning is being performed, the best cleaner for the job is a pH neutral cleaner. Why us a pH neutral cleaner for natural stone? Because these cleaners do not break down the sealer. Some cleaners will simply remove the sealer that you use to treat the surface of the stone. When this happens it is as if the surface was never sealed in the first place. So, using the appropriate cleaner will retain the benefits you gain by using a natural stone sealer.

In addition to the daily cleaning of Rosa Betta, and particularly in the event that your sealer has been worn down or dissolved, you may find that you have to remove a stain of some sort. When this happens, you will need a different kind of cleaner. There are a number of specialty cleaners that are formulated to remove specific kinds of discolorations. These kinds of cleaners are often referred to as stain removers. Depending on the kind of stain or discoloration you have, you will need a remover made for that particular substance.

About Maintaining Rosa Betta

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

In conclusion, granite surfaces like Rosa Betta make very durable surfaces for the home and can ber a challenge to install yourself. Having your Rosa Betta Granite countertop installed by a professional with the proper tools and equipment will yield the best results. Additionally, how you care for the surface after the installation will go a long way toward years of performance from your Rosa Betta kitchen countertop surface.

* 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.