4 Helpful Tips for Revitalizing Your Granite Countertops
Natural stone countertops add a tasteful element to any home’s design theme. Granite is a popular choice for many Edmonton area homeowners because it is durable and looks beautiful. Like any countertop surface, however, granite may be subjected to a variety of wear and tear. Eventually, even the best granite countertops can become dull and worn.
If you have chosen granite for your countertops, you might be concerned that they no longer appear the way they did when they were new. Not to worry! With a little routine maintenance and TLC, you can revitalize your granite countertops like a pro.
How to Restore Your Granite Countertops
To give new life to your granite surfaces, you can implement a range of techniques. The treatments you employ will depend on the reasons your granite countertops have become worn. You will likely need to take several steps to restore that showroom lustre to your granite surfaces – and once you do, the results will certainly be worth your time and effort. The following tips will help you to get started.
These are four steps you might take to renew your granite countertops:
• Apply Polishing Powder – A granite countertop can become faded and dull because of excessive or regular exposure to light. The solution to this may be polishing powder. Polishing powder made specifically for granite has slightly abrasive properties, so it can refine the surface without causing damage. This is also a useful powder to use on granite that has slight scratches in the surface. Typically, you will need to combine the powder with water until it forms a paste; then, use a felt pad to gently rub the paste on the granite surface. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions for your particular granite before you buy granite polishing powder. Also remember to read whether the powder you buy is meant for the type of granite you have (such as light or dark granite).
• Use Acetone – Acetone can provide a solution if your granite countertops have residue on the surface. Residue buildup could be a combination of soap scum, grease, and oil. This type of issue is not uncommon in the kitchen. Apply the acetone with a soft cloth to the areas of your countertop that have become dull. Once you have worked it into the surface, rinse the acetone away with lukewarm water.
• Reseal the Granite – If the sealer coat has been etched over time, the surface will begin to lack lustre. In this case, the correct treatment would be to reseal the granite, as long as the granite is still in good shape below the surface. First, clean the surface well with lukewarm water and a soft cloth. Then, apply a sealer product that is recommended by the manufacturer. Do this slowly to ensure that the sealer is applied evenly. You may want to apply a few additional coats (not more than three). If you do, be sure to allow each coat to dry between applications. Resealing your granite countertops annually will help to keep them looking new.
• Refinish the Surface – If your granite countertops have gouges and scratches, they probably need to be refinished. You can apply a resin or epoxy (but only use such products to fill the areas that have been affected). Once you have done that, you should gently sand and then reseal the surface. Sometimes, acidic substances can cause granite surfaces to become etched and faded, as well as chipped and severely cracked. Refinishing is usually the best course of action in such circumstances. This type of job requires special equipment, such as a stone polisher or grinder, and you would be wise to hire a professional to do it.
We are always delighted to answer your questions about maintaining your natural stone countertops. If you live in Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, St. Albert, or Edmonton, come and talk to us for more maintenance tips for your granite or other natural stone surfaces.
We offer an extensive variety of countertops in natural stone, so feel free to visit our showroom to find the perfect style for you. Give PF Custom Countertops a call at 888-484-0831. You may also contact us online for information.