Helpful Information About Toasted Almond Granite
Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond. 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 Toasted Almond and how to take of it.
Why Toasted Almond 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. Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond.
The granulite shown here is a decorative stone variety called “Toasted Almond Granite” (a.k.a. “Ghibli Granite”). This rock is a Proterozoic-aged granulite from India’s Eastern Ghats Orogenic Belt. It comes from near the city of Ghibli, Tamil Nadu State, southern India. Note the slightly elongated crystals that give the rock a subtle foliation extending from the top to the bottom of the photo.
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Toasted Almond are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Toasted Almond Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.
Toasted Almond Properties
One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Toasted Almond Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Toasted Almond is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Toasted Almond natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Toasted Almond slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Toasted Almond Stone Fabrication
Fabricating Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond Surface
It's true, Toasted Almond Granite is a natural stone that came to be from intense heat and perhaps pressure. However, your Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond surfaces. They are not difficult and they will keep your Toasted Almond natural granite looking its best. There are two main methods for caring for your granite. We'll discuss them next.
Keeping Toasted Almond Sealed
Your Toasted Almond 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. Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond
Another aspect of caring for your granite surface is to use a cleaner formulated for use on natural stone. Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Toasted Almond Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Toasted Almond, 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.
Toasted Almond 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 Toasted Almond 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.