Helpful Information About Verde Lavras Granite
Verde Lavras 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 Lavras 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 Lavras. 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 Lavras and how to take of it.
Why Verde Lavras 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 Lavras 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 Lavras.
Verde Lavras Granite - a Paleoproterozoic (1.9 billion years) orthogneiss (metamonzogranite) from Lavras in Minas Gerais State, southeastern Brazil. The gneissic foliation is on a coarse scale, but is still recognizable (see elongated, large, greenish-gray feldspars & the elongated, irregularly wavy, black mafic areas). This rock has plagioclase feldspar, quartz, perthitic microcline feldspar, hornblende amphibole, and biotite mica.
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Verde Lavras are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Verde Lavras Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Verde Lavras 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 Lavras 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 Lavras 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 Lavras Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Verde Lavras is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Verde Lavras natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Verde Lavras slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Installation of Verde Lavras Granite
It is nice to be able to just go and pick out your Verde Lavras slab and then patiently wait until it gets installed in your kitchen or other space. However, there is a significant amount of work and skill that goes into a good Verde Lavras Granite install. Granite professionals invest in powerful equipment and tools to be able to take a slab of rock and formit into a kitchen countertop. For the installation of a slab of Verde Lavras the fabricator will make use of some particular tools.
One of the tools that a granite professional will most likely use for installing Verde Lavras is a cartridge glue gun and glue cartridge. These are valuable pieces of equipment when it comes to Verde Lavras Granite installation. Other tools that you will likely see during installation if you are there when it is installed are seam setters, support brackets, and carry clamps. These are just some of the granite installation tools that make the work of installing Verde Lavras smoother and more effective.
How to Care for Verde Lavras
There are some basic care requirements involved with owning a Verde Lavras kitchen countertop. It is a natural surface and it is very durable. And although it is very durable, keeping it looking its best takes a bit of regular care. This care comes trough a couple of channels. Each of the following plays an important role in caring for your Verde Lavras Granite surface.
Sealing Verde Lavras 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 Verde Lavras 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 Verde Lavras 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 Verde Lavras 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 Verde Lavras Surfaces
In addition to sealing your Verde Lavras 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 Lavras} 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 Lavras Granite surfaces (especially countertops) will be in the best position to repel stain-causing liquids.
About Maintaining Verde Lavras
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Verde Lavras Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Verde Lavras, 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 Lavras 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 Lavras 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.