Why Your Bathroom Deserves Granite

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When you want a beautiful and durable material for your bathroom vanity, you should install granite. Formed deep below the earth's surface from cooling magma, granite is a combination of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. Using granite for your home is nothing new, but it is a time-tested and highly functional material that will not disappoint you over many years of daily use.


Granite can take all the abuse that a bathroom vanity has to endure. Granite can handle the dampness and humidity present in your bathroom. You cannot burn it with your curling iron or scratch it with your nail file. Your children will not be able to make a dent in it, even when they are throwing a temper tantrum about taking a bath. Once you have your granite installed, you won't need to replace it for many years unless you simply want a change in decor. 


Your vanity won't look like your neighbor's because no two pieces of granite are exactly alike. Each has a unique beauty, due in part to the trace elements present in the stone. The quartz crystals in granite are usually clear or white, but the trace elements give the quartz color. Bits of titanium and manganese can make the quartz look rose-colored while iron traces can help turn quartz purple. The feldspar in quartz is usually pink, but lead and hydroxide traces can turn it green. The combination of colors in granite will continually surprise you. 


Maintaining your granite vanity is simple. Generally, you just need to wipe it down with mild soap and water, although special cleaners are available. You can have a sealer applied to your granite for extra protection from stains that can occur from certain acidic items. You should reapply the sealer about once a year. Because granite is non-porous, bacteria cannot hide and thrive in it, making it perfect for germy bathrooms. This quality makes it a good choice for kitchen countertops as well. 

Granite is a natural material that holds up to the abuse that daily use inflicts on it. Unlike some other surfaces, it demands very little upkeep. Once you have it installed, you admire it, wipe it down, and occasionally add a sealer. Your vanity may well be the easiest thing in the bathroom to keep clean. For durability, ease of use, and genuine beauty, choose granite for your vanity.