Helpful Information About Verde Butterfly Granite
Verde Butterfly 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 Verde Butterfly 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 Verde Butterfly. 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 Verde Butterfly and how to take of it.
Why Verde Butterfly 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. Verde Butterfly 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 Verde Butterfly.
Verde Butterfly Granite - garnetiferous charnockite (a.k.a. hypersthene monzogranite) from the Precambrian of southeastern Brazil. It formed during the late Neoproterozoic to Cambrian (~650-500 million years ago). The rock is dominated by feldspar (greenish), pyroxene (black), quartz, and garnet (very deep red).
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Verde Butterfly are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Verde Butterfly Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Verde Butterfly 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 Verde Butterfly Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.
Verde Butterfly Properties
One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Verde Butterfly Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Verde Butterfly is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Verde Butterfly natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Verde Butterfly slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Working With Verde Butterfly Granite
Granite fabricators are no doubt familiar with suppliers that offer Verde Butterfly 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 Verde Butterfly 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 Verde Butterfly. 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 Verde Butterfly 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. Verde Butterfly 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 Verde Butterfly
Verde Butterfly 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 Verde Butterfly countertop or other surface looking its best takes a little bit of care from the new owner. Caring for Verde Butterfly happens in a couple of main ways. These ways are what we will look at next.
Keeping Verde Butterfly Sealed
Your Verde Butterfly 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. Verde Butterfly 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.
Cleaning Verde Butterfly Surfaces
In addition to sealing your Verde Butterfly 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 Verde Butterfly} 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 Verde Butterfly Granite surfaces (especially countertops) will be in the best position to repel stain-causing liquids.
About Maintaining Verde Butterfly
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Verde Butterfly Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Verde Butterfly, 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.
Verde Butterfly 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 Verde Butterfly 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.