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Granite is a coarse or medium-grained intrusive igneous rock that is rich in quartz and feldspar. Granite is formed from magma that has cooled and solidiﬁed over a long period. Intense pressure compresses the minerals together that form granite rocks. Did you know that the shifting of the earth’s plates have also helped form granite? On the Moh’s scale, granite has a rating of 7. Scientists estimate that the Earth’s newest piece of granite is 750 million years old.
Granite is used in a large number of construction projects because it is extremely hard rock and it can withstand mechanical stress and resist weathering. It also is extremely durable and has been for: tabletops, stairs, for swimming pools, walls, ﬂooring, counter tops, vanities, arches and ceilings. Granite is ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications as it requires little maintenance wherever it’s placed. It is suitable for high trafﬁc areas.
Granite can be cleaned with warm water and a few drops of mild dish detergent. Wiping the area clean with a microﬁber cloth will avoid superﬁcial scratches, though generally, granite does not easily scratch. Avoid acidic cleaners because they may damage the ﬁnish on granite ﬂooring, counter tops, etc. Stains that sit on granite can cause discolouration the longer they are allowed to stay. However, using a mild talc powder and water can allow you to form a paste over a stain. Cover the area with plastic wrap and tape down the edges. The paste forms a moisture barrier in order to “lift” a stain. Once the stain dries, wipe with a sponge. You may have to repeat the process a improve the reults.