Helpful Information About Salisbury Pink Granite
Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink. 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 Salisbury Pink and how to take of it.
Why Salisbury Pink 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. Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink.
Salisbury Pink Granite is a pinkish monzogranite (formerly referred to as "adamellite") from near Salisbury, west-central North Carolina, USA. This rock is quarried from the Early Devonian (411 million years) Salisbury Pluton. It is dominated by quartz, K-feldspar, and plagioclase feldspar. The unit also contains whitish-colored monzogranites, but the pink variety is valued more as a decorative stone.
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Salisbury Pink are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Salisbury Pink Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.
Salisbury Pink Properties
One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Salisbury Pink Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Salisbury Pink is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Salisbury Pink natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Salisbury Pink slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Salisbury Pink Stone Fabrication
Fabricating Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink 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.
Caring for Your Salisbury Pink Surface
It's true, Salisbury Pink Granite is a natural stone that came to be from intense heat and perhaps pressure. However, your Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink surfaces. They are not difficult and they will keep your Salisbury Pink natural granite looking its best. There are two main methods for caring for your granite. We'll discuss them next.
Sealing Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink Surfaces
In addition to sealing your Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink} 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 Salisbury Pink Granite surfaces (especially countertops) will be in the best position to repel stain-causing liquids.
About Maintaining Salisbury Pink
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Salisbury Pink Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Salisbury Pink, 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.
Salisbury Pink 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 Salisbury Pink 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.