As strong as stone can be
Granite, much like marble, is a natural stone, but is formed when pockets of magma trapped beneath the earth's surface slowly cool. This process forms a stone that is available all over the world and is one of the hardest and most durable materials used in flooring today. Also available in slab and tile form, granite's distinguishing feature is its speckled coloration.
Resistant to stains as well as acid- and alkaline-based chemicals (though don't use cleaners with these chemicals in them), polished granite produces a beautiful shine full of depth.
Granite floor maintenance
Just like marble floors, granite does have its weaknesses:
- Dirt tracked in and ground into granite floors can cause minute scratches that over time take away from the luster of this beautiful stone, so don't wear your outdoor shoes inside.
- Dust-mop your granite daily to get rid of any dirt that may have found its way in to prevent it from scratching the floors.
- Once a week, give your granite floors a good scrub with some stone soap - this helps to reseal the floor and enhance the color. This stone soap should be wet vacuumed up, mopped with pure water, then wet vacuumed up again to avoid water spots and stains.
- Every couple of weeks you should buff your floor at high speed with a crystallizing agent to remove those wee scratches.
- It's recommended that annually you should buff granite floors at low speed with a more abrasive crystallizing compound to bring back the granite's sheen.
If you neglect to maintain your granite floor, it will become dull. It is extremely difficult to repair and can't be done without permanently altering the color of the product.
Like marble and other natural stones, granite comes in a broad range of colors and color variations. It is therefore recommended that you handpick the pieces of granite you want in your home to find the stones that will look best in your space.