Granite is a hard wearing beautiful tile which is very popular laid in kitchens and bathrooms. Granite tile makes a stunning floor, wall covering or granite tile countertop. Granite is becoming a preferred material of choice for today’s homes and offices, synthetic materials are simply no match for granite’s natural beauty and classic elegance. Granite is available in a wide variety of colours and can be shaped into straight or curved patterns to match virtually any requirement including beautiful kitchens, vanities and bath areas.
The most popular granite tiles are available in three colours, absolute black (pure black stone, minus any other colours), Black Galaxy(black tiles, with gold specks) and Kashmir White(white tiles with specks of different colours). They add an element of elegance wherever they are placed and generally require much less maintenance than any other natural stone. Further, they can be used in many areas of the home(kitchen flooring and slabs, bathroom wall covering, patio, and so on) as well as an office (meeting room flooring/walls).
What is Granite?
Granite is molten lava that never rose above the surface of the earth. Granite is a very hard natural stone denser than marble. A geologist will tell you that it is an igneous or metamorphic rock that is highly saturated with silica. Silica when combined with oxygen makes the mineral quartz, and it has a rating of 7 on the Mohs scale, which determines a materials’ hardness. Diamond has a rating of 10. Suffice it to say there are not too many things that will easily scratch granite.
Cleaning and Maintaining Granite Floor Tiles
Cleaning tiles to make them look pretty in order to maintain the beauty of your homes can be a difficult task at times. It is practically for this reason that granite floor tiles, happen to be the best choice in comparison to any other types of floor tiles. Granite floor tiles are extremely durable and are also very easy to clean and maintain. They are especially convenient to be used for kitchens, as the kitchen is a place where the maximum amount of spilling of food happens, and there is constant cleaning of tiles going on because of this. However, with granite floor tiles, the cleaning of tiles no longer remains a nightmare as granite is extremely durable and is capable of handling any type of damaging activities that occur in the kitchen.
Granite floor tiles are resistant to stains, and grease. And thus, they do not get affected when tea, coffee, fizzy drinks etc. fall on these tiles. Also, granite floor tiles are resistant to oil and acid and alkali chemical spills as well. Sweeping and mopping the granite floor tiles daily with warm water does the job of the maintenance of these tiles. Granite floor tiles are extremely easy to clean. Also, cleaning granite tiles once every week with stone soap helps to maintain the shine of the granite floor tiles. Though granite is a hard and non porous stone that is unaffected by most chemicals it still requires high degrees of care while cleaning. While cleaning, the use of harsh chemicals should be avoided.
Sealing Granite Floors
Two main sealing options exist for granite tiles
• Deep Penetrating Impregnating Sealer
(Transparent Finish/Color Enhancing Finish)
• Topical Sealer
A deep penetrating impregnating sealer protects granite and grout from water and oil based stains by chemically reacting with the surface pores to create a breathable protective barrier. An impregnating sealer protects the granite surface and grout from absorbing stains while also resulting in cleaning and maintenance becoming much easier.A penetrating impregnating transparent sealer enters the pores of your stone and, once cured will not change the look of the tile or stone.
Sealing your granite will keep most stains suspended at the surface, creating a barrier that provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination. Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your investment against stains.
Floor Doctors are the experts at applying all types of sealer and will ensure your granite looks its absolute best. Floor Doctors experienced technicians can apply a topical sealer when especially required to create a high gloss, satin sheen or matte finish to your surfaces. Topical sealer is also helpful in situations where the old solvent based sealer can not be completely removed or when required to hide certain types of damage. Topical sealer’s have a life expectancy of around 3 years.
Granite Tile Care Tips & Advice
• Regularly dust the surface.
• Keep floors swept or vaccuum regularly.
• Only use the proper stone care products.
• Use few drops of neutral cleaner, stone soap, or a mild liquid dish washing detergent or warm water.
• Use a clean rag.
• Use a coaster or gliders under chairs and other furniture.
• All products containing acids should be avoided. The acid in high concentration etches the surface.
• After using the soap solution, the surface should be rinsed properly.
• In the kitchen extremely hot pans should not be kept over granite slabs since it quickly absorbs heat and distributes it out.
• Take care and pride of your stone and it will give you many years of performance.
• Consult a stone restoration contractor prior to installation. These are the professionals who will suggest the proper materials and methods of installation.
Granite Stone Care Warnings!
• Don’t use vinegar, soft scrub, windex or your common household cleaners, especially in showers.
• Don’t mix bleach and ammonia; this combination creates a toxic and lethal gas.
• Don’t use powders or creams that may create scratches.
• Don’t use too much cleaner or soap as this may leave a film and cause streaks.
• Don’t use a vacuum that can cause scratching.
• Don’t drag heavy objects across stone floors
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We offer a wide range of services that will dramatically transform the appearance, market appeal and capital value of your property. We provide a single source service for the treatment of problems associated with Tiles, Grout, Natural Stone & Masonry Surfaces.
Floor Doctors Granite Services
If you have granite surfaces that have become dull and not showing their true color, or perhaps you have recently installed your granite or your previous sealer is wearing off, Floor Doctors is your best choice to clean your tiles effectively and efficiently and protect them against future staining and deterioration.
All porous tiles should be sealed, sealing your tiles helps prevent & reduce staining. Sealing your granite will keep most stains suspended at the surface, creating a barrier that provides protection against chemical attack, deterioration and contamination. Sealing is the first important step towards protecting your surfaces against stains.
Polishing is achieved by using very fine grade abrasive diamond discs until a reflective finish is achieved. These final grades reduce scratches which are not even visible to the human eye allowing the natural crystals on the surface to reflect light more effectively. Highly polished floors have much smaller pores to collect soil, dirt and grime, ensuring maintenance is made a lot easier.
Minor Tile Repair
Do you have cracked tiles, chipped tiles, loose tiles or discolored tiles in your walls, floors, stairs or around the swimming pool. Do you have spare tiles left over from installation? Experts Floor Care have professional & experienced tilers in our team that can assist you with repairing your indoor & outdoor tiles and replacing the broken/damaged tiles.