The addition of a granite countertop to any kitchen or bathroom design immediately gives the room a sophisticated glow. This quality transformation is evident to any witnesses to the before and after. That shine lasts for years if owners tend to even the minimal upkeep practices. However, despite the best efforts, time can be unfriendly even to granite. While its durability is one of the advantages that place it heads and shoulders above other countertop materials, time will eventually bring the need for restoration.
Sealing the Granite
Granite will embody that brilliance all on its own. And thoroughly wiping down the countertops will remove smudges, watermarks, and daily spills. The real routine maintenance is to occasionally seal the granite. Since natural stone like granite is porous to some degree, it’s necessary to seal the countertop. If left undone, there is a higher probability of liquids penetrating the surface and leaving a stain, especially over time. The process of sealing the counter is very simple, taking minutes, while leaving about and hour between applications. It should also be done once every 1 – 3 years.
Polishing the Granite
Even if you’ve sealed the countertops, time will naturally bring a little dullness to that original glow. Polishing could be just the magic that older countertop needs. Polishing should probably be left to professionals, but the materials required can be purchased for any ambitious Do-It-Yourselfers. An appropriate sanding or smoothing machine with various resin pads, and polishing compound are needed to carefully smooth down the surface. This polishing can return any aged countertop to its original finish.
Scratching the Granite
Accidents are also a common problem. Especially when granite has not been properly sealed, it can be easier to scratch the stone. Repeatedly placing heavy, jagged objects on the counters will eventually dig in unsightly scratches. The process of smoothing the granite is similar, but more laborious, to the polishing. The good news is that scratches can certainly be removed, leaving no trace of the scratch. The more experienced the person is who tackles the job the better.
Cracking the Granite
Even in the most drastic of cases, there can be a crack that needs repair. A heavy enough kitchen object, like a refrigerator, impacting the counter is more than enough to cause visible crack. The crack will require an acrylic fill, and the sanding to make sure the countertop is smoothed evenly across the entire counter. A thorough inspection of your counter may present some unsightly blemishes, but there is almost no reason that your granite countertop cannot return to its original beauty.