Believe it or not, despite being incredibly strong and durable, you might need to make granite countertop repairs at some time in the future – if you have a granite countertop fitted in your home.
Granite countertops do look stunning – but they are also expensive compared to many other materials. So being able to make a good DIY repair to a granite countertop could save you a lot of money; compared to the cost of replacing a damaged one with a new granite countertop.
Cracks or Broken Edges
There is no doubt that the damage you most want to avoid to a granite countertop is cracking the surface or ‘chipping’ an edge. However, if you drop a heavy iron pot, or similar, onto a granite countertop; it can crack or, if dropped near an edge, chip it away.
A crack or a ‘chip’ in a granite countertop needs attending to as quickly as possible. A delay in making your repair will only increase the likely-hood that the crack or ‘chip’ will get worse.
A DIY repair can be made by filling the damaged area with an adhesive; the trick in doing this is to make the color of the adhesive match that of the granite and to also create the effect of the granite’s grain. This simply requires patience.
Coloring an adhesive is not difficult, but taking the care to making the repair truly blend in is dependant on you creating the correct consistency for the grains and flecks of minerals in the granite. These things are best achieved just as the adhesive is setting. Once the adhesive has set, you’ll then need to refinish the repaired area by polishing it.
Granite Counter Top Scratches
A sharp tool or an object with sharp surfaces, dragged across a granite countertop can cause scratches to it. A scratch will look worse on light colored granite, as the marks from a scratch on any stone surface will appear white. The solution to removing a scratch is simply to polish the surface. The bad news is that that doesn’t mean getting out the tin of beeswax, or whatever, and polishing away.
When talking about polishing a stone we actually mean gently scouring it with an abrasive, which is made from a substance harder than the granite – such as diamond. Known as refinishing, this is task is well within the ability of a DIY home enthusiast. The secret here is to start off with a fine abrasive, testing the surface to see how effective it is.
You can then decide if a coarser abrasive can be used. Generally speaking, work either side of and across the scratch with a coarse abrasive, followed by successively finer abrasives until the whole area once again looks fully polished.
Repairing Discolored or Etched Granite Counter Top
Etching can occur when a stone countertop has an acid or other highly corrosive substance, spilt on to it. Fortunately, granite is highly resistant to etching, which is more likely to occur on marble or limestone countertops; due to there high Calcium content.
However, some of the minerals in granite do contain significant amounts of calcium which can result in discoloration and dull spots, if not the full ‘ring’ appearance of etching. The solution to etching, or indeed any discoloring, is to refinish the top by polishing it, as described above.
Some simple annual maintenance of your granite countertop could save you time later on. Any marks on the granite countertop should be cleaned up immediately before the risk of permanent staining increases. If your normal household detergents won’t remove the stain try using a steel-wool pad. Finally, to prevent small scratches becoming big ones; at least once a year polish/refinish the granite countertop.