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Helpful Information About Taj Mahal Quartzite

There are a number of reasons to be interested in Taj Mahal Quartzite. For one, if you are a fabrication professional that is looking to work with the material it is good to know a bit about it. Also, if you are a homeowner and you like the look of quartzite you may have been drawn to Taj Mahal Quartzite and need to know how to maintain it. In this article we will take a look at some of the properties of quartzite and mention some specifics about Taj Mahal Quartzite. Along the way, we will see what fabricators need to be aware of when they are working with Taj Mahal Quartzite.

Diverse Quartzite Topics

Some quartzite names are used in the industry as the names of slab colors and others are not. If you search for a specific quartzite name online, you will get either a mixture of search results, primarily sales oriented results, or primarily scientific results. Taj Mahal Quartzite yields its own set of search results. In fact the following quote was taken from Arizona Tile regarding Taj Mahal:

Taj Mahal Quartzite features a soft white background and subtle gold veins. All natural quartzite is more durable than granite, and is known for its wispy and dramatic veins like marble. Use this elegant natural stone to create beautiful quartzite countertops, waterfall islands, floors, and accent walls throughout the home and commercial properties. Slabs are available in both brushed and polished finishes.

The basics when it comes to quartzite are of interest to diverse groups of people; slab distributors, suppliers, scientists, and even consumers. The diversity of topics on the Internet regarding quartzite show this well.

What Taj Mahal Quartzite Is Made Of

Like other quartzites, Taj Mahal is made up of specific minerals and is formed through a specific process. Authentic quartzite has certain characteristics that distinguish it from other kinds of natural stone. Taj Mahal Quartzite will have the same properties as other quartzites. However, as is indicated by the names of specific quartzites, the color or texture might be different. Color variations are usually caused by varying mineral content and the texture may be due to a specific event during the formation. Additionally, locations are sometimes included in the names and this can hint at where that particular stone originates.

There are many different resources for gaining basic information about quartzite. Yet, most of them include the same basic definition. Let's look at one definition of quartzite taken from geology.com. That website defines quartzite this way:

Quartzite is a nonfoliated metamorphic rock composed almost entirely of quartz. It forms when a quartz-rich sandstone is altered by the heat, pressure, and chemical activity of metamorphism. These conditions recrystallize the sand grains and the silica cement that binds them together. The result is a network of interlocking quartz grains of incredible strength.

No matter what definition you use though, the idea is simple. Taj Mahal Quartzite is born from sandstone. After its transformation, the material has properties that distinguish it from sandstone and it is also very different from other natural stone as well. Let's look at some of the properties of Taj Mahal Quartzite.

Taj Mahal Properties

The properties of quartzite vary and each particular stone will have unique features that differentiate it from the rest. In fact, Taj Mahal Quartzite has its own distinctive characteristics too. However, one quality that quartzite shares is that it is a versatile material that can be used for various projects.

In addition to those distinguishing characteristics, Taj Mahal shares other very specific properties with other "flavors" of quartzite. For example, quartzite is very hard. How hard is it? Well, it is harder than some natural granite Quartzite registers about 7 on the Mohs hardness scale. Compare that to granite registering from 6 to 7. The reason Taj Mahal Quartzite can be harder than granite is because of its quartz content.

The hardness of the material means that it is not easily scratched by normal household use. Some kitchen countertop materials can scratch easily but Taj Mahal is not one of them. The hardness makes it a durable material; desirable by many.

In addition to being very hard, authentic quartzite, Taj Mahal included, is also not as porous as other natural stone. It does have pores, just not as many as other types of natural stone in some cases. Fewer pores means easier stain removal. Furthermore, owners often enhance the stain resistance with maintenance routines that we will talk about in a bit.

Color Compatibility of Taj Mahal

The unique and rich colors of Taj Mahal mean that it can be used with virtually any design style that is popular. Having stone that fits with various design styles can be a key to a successful project. What is meant by a "design style"? Note the following examples:

Mid-century Modern

Roughly defined, the mid-century modern design style is architecture, furniture, and other design elements taken from a specific period of time ranging from circa 1933 to 1965. It highlights functionality and uncluttered sleek lines combined with both traditional and non-traditional materials; often using them to contrast one another.

Eclectic Design

Eclectic design is composed of elements that come together from disparate styles to form a contrasting feel in the space. Even though the style feels contrasting it still achieves harmony through a cohesive, well thought out combination of elements. This design style requires a great eye for creating harmony and the skill to produce it.

Contemporary Design

Defined by simplicity and subtle sophistication combined with texture usage and clean lines. The contemporary style design focuses on color and shape as well as space. These aspects of the style are utilized to produce a sleek and fresh appearance. Elements of the contemporary design style include borrowed elements from other design styles. This makes it sometimes difficult to pinpoint.

French Country

if you have an affinity for ruffles, distressed wood work, mixed patterns, and hues that are both vibrant and subdued, french country is the style that you are looking for. This design style is warm and brings the curves. With hefty beamed ceilings and walls as well as delicately carved wood details, this design style is truly eye catching. A style that is sure to inspire.

Rustic Design

Rugged, natural beauty is what characterizes this design style. Embracing textures inspired by nature, the rustic design style makes use of simple, earthy, colors and textures that exude a warm, organic look and feel. Rough and aged are words that are often used to describe this unique design style. The style focuses on nature utilizing raw, rugged and unfinished looking design elements.

Fabricating Taj Mahal Surfaces

When it comes to working with Taj Mahal Quartzite, having the correct tools for the work makes it much smoother and the results come out better. Fabricating natural quartzite will be much easier if the tools and supplies used are quartzite compatible. Let's look at a couple of products that will play a role in the successful fabrication of Taj Mahal.

Working With Taj Mahal Quartzite

Cutting and shaping Taj Mahal means having diamond blades and other tools that are designed to cut hard materials. Some blade producers will mark a blade specifically for certain materials. Others will give the blade a name and market it for use on multiple materials. When it comes to cutting Taj Mahal, the best blade to use for these hard surfaces is a diamond blade for quartzite. The blade that many fabricators rely on for cutting quartzite is the White Lion from Weha. Another good quartzite blade is the Grey Leopard from Weha.

The same goes for other diamond tools like core bits, and stone polishing pads. Selecting a polishing pad or core bit designed for use on a hard material will generally perform well for Taj Mahal and there are many from which to choose.

Sealing Taj Mahal Quartzite

As we mentioned earlier, sealer helps with the stain resistance of Taj Mahal Quartzite. So fabrication and installation services that include an initial sealing of a Taj Mahal stone boosts the resilience of teh finished product. Better yet, when a homeowner knows how to care for the finished surface, the results are even better.

How to Care for Taj Mahal

Caring for Taj Mahal consists of some basics involving cleaning and protecting the stone. First, cleaning Taj Mahal surfaces regularly using a cleaning product that is designed for use on natural stone surfaces is a great starting point. Then, maintaining the seal on the material enhances the resistance to potentially harmful substances. Finally, the regularity with which these practices are performed will have a direct bearing on the outcome. Let's look at each of those phases now.

How to Clean Taj Mahal

Cleaning Taj Mahal is not complicated. Regularly perform cleaning on Taj Mahal using a compatible cleaner to preserve the appearance of your quartzite surface. There are many cleaners that will do the trick. The key is to choose one that is pH neutral. These types make the best cleaners for natural stone because they won't break down the sealer. That helps with the stain resistance.

If you need to clean a Taj Mahal slab or countertop by removing a stain, you will want to use the proper stain remover for the type of stain the stone has. Water based stains, oil based stains, and rust each will respond differently depending on which stain remover you use.

Maintaining the Seal

Just because a Taj Mahal gets an initial seal does not mean that it will be impervious to stains and discolorations. Actually, the stone benefits regular, periodical resealing. Using an impregnating stone sealer for natural stone is a good way to keep your Taj Mahal looking its best. You can even get sealers that enhance the stone and bring out the colors.

About Maintaining Taj Mahal

So cleaning and resealing become the the key elements to keeping you natural stone surfaces looking the best. That goes for Taj Mahal Natural Quartzite too. Maintaining your quartzite comes down to a good stone care routine. here is one routine that some have found very beneficial.

  • Use a pH neutral cleaner to keep the sealer from breaking down and clean any debris from the surface.
  • Reseal the surface of your quartzite surface when it gets "thirsty"*.
  • Using a fortified stone polish periodically gradually maintains the sealer on the surface of the natural stone.

In conclusion, Taj Mahal Quartzite is just one of the many unique variations of quartzite that have been found. however, each quartzite surface will bring with it characteristics like the ones we mentioned in this article. Namely, scratch resistance, design compatibility, easy maintenance and simply cleaning. Finally, when you fabricate Taj Mahal Quartzite, one key is to make use of the proper tools by selecting blades, bits, and polishing pads that are designed for quartzite and other hard materials.

* A thirsty quartzite stone is one that quickly absorbs water resting on its surface. Simply put a tablespoon of water on the surface of the stone. The faster the water is absorbed, the "thirstier" the stone is.
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