Helpful Information About Volga Blue Granite
Volga Blue 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 Volga Blue 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 Volga Blue. 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 Volga Blue and how to take of it.
Why Volga Blue 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. Volga Blue 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 Volga Blue.
Anorthosites are uncommon intrusive igneous rocks almost exclusively composed of Ca-rich plagioclase feldspar. There’s usually a blackish pyroxene component as well. Anorthosites having labradorite plagioclase feldspar will display a wonderfully colorful iridescent play of colors (labradorescence). This makes them desirable decorative stones.
In addition to those basic comments, many other important facts about Volga Blue are helpful to be aware of. We'll consider some additional helpful information about this remarkable natural stone.
What Volga Blue Granite Is Made Of
As with most natural granite, Volga Blue 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 Volga Blue Granite slab give it some qualities that people are drawn to. Some of these qualities translate into practical properties for daily use and care.
Volga Blue Properties
One of the big advantages of natural granite over other hard countertop surface materials is that it is very hard. Materials such as Volga Blue Granite are scratch resistant because of the hardness of the material. Volga Blue is also heat resistant. Unlike some engineered stone, granite can resist heat and does not burn or discolor.
Volga Blue natural granite is also very unique. Not just unique from other stone, but it is also distinct from other Volga Blue slabs. Choosing your specific slab is encouraged since each stone can vary one from another.
Fabricating Natural Volga Blue Granite
What goes into working with and fabricating Volga Blue Granite? Well, for most of us the project is bigger than we are equipped to take on. This is because Volga Blue is such a hard material that ordinary tools aren't the best suited for working with it. For example, just drilling a hole in a Volga Blue kitchen countertop slab will take a diamond core bit designed to cut through rock. Stone fabrication professionals have all this equipment. Therefore, the project is not only easier for them, but they have more experience actually working with granite. So, cutting, drilling, and installing Volga Blue is much easier for them than it would be for a novice.
Even transporting Volga Blue natural granite can be a challenge for the average person. Even handy individuals and do-it-yourselfers could find moving a piece of Volga Blue Granite form point A to point B. Since Volga Blue is heavy, it requires more than one person to move, lift, and adjust it. That doesn't even take into consideration the material handling equipment that one needs to transport it. Additionally, installing Volga Blue will require a specific formulated and colored granite glue. These are all supplies that fabricators are familiar with and even already have.
What Goes Into Caring for Volga Blue
Volga Blue 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 Volga Blue countertop or other surface looking its best takes a little bit of care from the new owner. Caring for Volga Blue happens in a couple of main ways. These ways are what we will look at next.
Keeping Volga Blue Sealed
Your Volga Blue 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. Volga Blue 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.
Volga Blue Cleaning
Besides keeping your Volga Blue surfaces and countertops sealed properly, you will also need to use some cleaning techniques designed to yield the best results in your overall maintenance program. In so doing, you will find that there are a couple of aspects to cleaning Volga Blue surfaces. The first aspect of cleaning granite is the everyday cleaning tasks. This kind of cleaning would include wiping up spills, splatters, and crumbs from the surface of the stone.
When daily cleaning is being performed, the best cleaner for the job is a pH neutral cleaner. Why us a pH neutral cleaner for natural stone? Because these cleaners do not break down the sealer. Some cleaners will simply remove the sealer that you use to treat the surface of the stone. When this happens it is as if the surface was never sealed in the first place. So, using the appropriate cleaner will retain the benefits you gain by using a natural stone sealer.
In addition to the daily cleaning of Volga Blue, and particularly in the event that your sealer has been worn down or dissolved, you may find that you have to remove a stain of some sort. When this happens, you will need a different kind of cleaner. There are a number of specialty cleaners that are formulated to remove specific kinds of discolorations. These kinds of cleaners are often referred to as stain removers. Depending on the kind of stain or discoloration you have, you will need a remover made for that particular substance.
About Maintaining Volga Blue
It really just boils down to putting together a regular routine of cleaning and sealing your natural Volga Blue Granite surface. Once you get the routine into full swing, it just becomes second nature. A good routine for maintaining natural granite, including Volga Blue, 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.
As with many other project types, Volga Blue is a natural stone that is best fabricated and installed by a professional with both experience and the right equipment. And once the material is installed and initially sealed, maintenance is needed. As we have seen, Volga Blue Granite is not a chore to maintain if the proper products are used in the proper manner. Doing so effectively will no doubt provide you with years of performance.
* 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.