Helpful Information About Sapphire Brown Granite
Sapphire 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 Sapphire 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 Sapphire 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 Sapphire Brown and how to take of it.
Why Sapphire 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. Sapphire 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 Sapphire Brown.
Sapphire Brown Granite is an Archean porphyritic granite from southern India’s Andhra Pradesh State. This is one of a large number igneous & metamorphic decorative stones produced in India. Many come from the Eastern Ghats Orogenic Belt, an ancient mountain belt running along the eastern margin of Peninsula India.
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Sapphire Brown are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Sapphire Brown Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Sapphire 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 Sapphire 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.
Sapphire 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 Sapphire Brown Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Sapphire Brown is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Sapphire Brown natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Sapphire Brown slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Working With Sapphire Brown Granite
Granite fabricators are no doubt familiar with suppliers that offer Sapphire Brown and can help you find some slabs from which to choose your personal favorite. Fabrication professionals are the way to go for many natural granite enthusiasts. If you are looking for a Sapphire Brown Granite slab, a stone fabrication shop could prove to be a very advantageous choice. This is because they are experienced in working with natural stone and have probably even worked with Sapphire Brown. Which takes not only know-how but the proper equipment.
There are some important tools that fabrication professionals need if they are to work with Sapphire Brown Granite. One piece of equipment that stone professionals need is a saw with the horsepower to run a diamond blade. Not only the saw, but also the granite blade is an important tool for a fabrication pro. Sapphire Brown is a hard material and having a blade that can cut it makes the finished project look its best; not-to-mention how much easier the project is when you have professional grade equipment and tools.
What Goes Into Caring for Sapphire Brown
Sapphire Brown natural granite does benefit from a bit of TLC. True, granite is a chunk of a mountain, which makes it sound virtually indestructible. But don't forget that granite undergoes some treatments before it is installed in a kitchen, bathroom, or other part of the home. So, keeping your Sapphire Brown countertop or other surface looking its best takes a little bit of care from the new owner. Caring for Sapphire Brown happens in a couple of main ways. These ways are what we will look at next.
Keeping Sapphire Brown Sealed
Your Sapphire Brown surface will arrive with a sealer applied to keep it from readily absorbing liquids. Sealers are applied to natural granite because of the porous nature of natural stone. Maintaining the sealer on your surface is the first way to care for it. Sapphire Brown Granite benefits from periodic testing to see if it needs resealed. every so often, 6 months to a year, simply put a few ounces of water on the surface to see if the stone is "thirsty". If the slab readily soaks up the water, then it is in need of being sealed.
There are a number of natural stone sealers available for all sorts of materials. If you are sealing a kitchen countertop, we offer a food safe stone sealer designed for use on surfaces that come into contact with food. Again periodic testing of the surface will reveal how much sealer it needs.
How to Clean Sapphire Brown
Another aspect of caring for your granite surface is to use a cleaner formulated for use on natural stone. Sapphire Brown 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 Sapphire Brown 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 Sapphire Brown
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Sapphire Brown Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Sapphire 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.
In conclusion, granite surfaces like Sapphire Brown make very durable surfaces for the home and can ber a challenge to install yourself. Having your Sapphire Brown 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 Sapphire Brown 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.