Commercial stone restoration is all about knowing the type of stone you have. In other words, don’t take it for granite. We know. It’s a bad pun, but it actually has a very good reason to be in this article.
Granite Cleaning: Can’t I Use the Same Method For All My Stone?
There is a difference between general stone cleaning in Manhattan Beach,and granite cleaning and care. First off, here is some information about granite. Granite is a composite stone. It is a combination of different flecks or pieces of stone fused together. As a result of this, some of the pieces of stone are harder than others. So if you get a bit too rough with the stone during the cleaning process, you can fracture it or damage it.
Granite is a fairly hard stone, but like all forms of natural stone, it can be damaged by improper care. Like all stone types, granite has specialized care instructions, but let’s focus on the common dos and don’t’s.
Common Stone Care and Your Stone Cleaning Service in Manhattan Beach
First off, the don’ts. Do not ever use harsh chemicals to clean natural stone. Most harsh chemicals are either solvents such as ammonia, or acids such as bleach. If you use harsh chemicals to clean granite, you’re more than likely going to dissolve the sealer that was used on it to polish it as well as the softer pieces of the stone. You also want to use care in wet mopping your stone.
Sweeping with a soft bristled brush is good as is a straw broom. Damp mopping is also okay. Why do these things matter so much? Well, you can scratch your stone surface and again damage the softer parts of the stone. Here is some more information about granite:
“Granite is classified according to the QAPF diagram for coarse grained plutonic rocks and is named according to the percentage of quartz, alkali feldspar (orthoclase, sanidine, or microcline) and plagioclase feldspar on the A-Q-P half of the diagram. True granite according to modern petrologic convention contains both plagioclase and alkali feldspars. When a granitoid is devoid or nearly devoid of plagioclase, the rock is referred to as alkali feldspar granite. When a granitoid contains less than 10% orthoclase, it is called tonalite; pyroxene and amphibole are common in tonalite. A granite containing both muscovite and biotite micas is called a binary or two-mica granite. Two-mica granites are typically high in potassium and low in plagioclase, and are usually S-type granites or A-type granites.”[View Source]
Take care of your granite. Call a stone restoration service in Manhattan Beach.
Morris Cleaning & Restoration
1007 N.Sepulveda Blvd. #1204
Manhattan Beach, CA 90267