Granite countertops add a beautiful finish to any home. You may wonder if you will one day have to spend money to replace your countertops, or is there another solution?
Granite is durable and not easily inclined to scratch or burn. However, like anything over time, wear and tear can become apparent. Their daily use in the kitchen can cause chips, stains, cracks, or loss of lustre. No matter the damage, it is always cheaper to repair, restore and refinish granite counter-tops, rather than to replace them.
Countertops should be re-sealed professionally every 2-4 years. Depending on the level of use and quality of maintenance cleaning, granite countertops can usually go anywhere from 5-15 years before a restoration is required. However, there are steps you can take to keep your granite countertops in their best condition to extend their lifetime before needing a replacement.
How to repair granite counters
There are a number options to pursue, depending on what it is your granite counter-tops need — chip filling, grinding and restoration, polishing or honing? While you can take steps daily to prolong the life of your granite, some professional help is needed to ensure your granite surfaces last as long as possible.
Daily cleaning your granite counters with warm and mild soap will help keep the seal in tact and etches and stains at bay. However, your granite counters may need to be sealed often depending on their use, granite type, and
Resealing your countertops can be done at home, though you will want to get it professionally done every 2-4 years. Depending on how often and what you use on your countertops, you will want to review the surfaces to consider a quick, spot-specific resealing once a month, and an entire surface resealing once per year. In general, lighter-coloured stones are more porous as compared to darker stones, and therefore warrant more often resealing. Follow your sealer’s directions, and clean the area thoroughly before sealing. Then, allow the sealant to full dry per the instructions. The entire process can take you less than one hour.
When is it time to reseal?
Sealants are there to keep any liquids from seeping into your surface. As your sealant fades, you will notice more etches and stains. The easiest way to test your sealant is to drop a dew water droplets onto its surface. Wait five to ten minutes, and observe if the surface dissolved the water. If the droplets have seeped into the surface at all, it is time to reseal.
Consider professionally resealing your countertops every 2-4 years to extend their lifetime.
Restoration and refinishing will remove stains, scratches, and etch marks while polishing aids in restoring the lustre and shine of dulling granite counter-tops. Chips and cracks in granite counter-tops are filled with mixed epoxy compounds, then ground and polished to restore the lustre and hide the damaged area. Refinishing and restoration involve sanding the granite, filling cracks with epoxy and ground up chips of granite, and sealing with silicon-based impregnators. Polishing is a process where a high-quality granite polishing compound and buffing pad brings the granite counter-top restoration to a beautiful finish. One of the most important aspects of dealing with the porous nature of granite is to make sure it is properly sealed with silicone based impregnators to avoid future or frequent granite countertop repair and restoration.
Smaller polishing jobs are sometimes something you can do yourself with the right products and instructions, but it is VERY DIFFICULT to polish granite without the proper equipment and know-how. It is always a good idea to consult and use a professional for the restoration of significant scratches, stains, and cracks on granite countertops.
When should you entirely replace your granite countertops?
Granite countertops should last you at least 10-15 years if maintained well. Most chips, cracks, etches and stains can be fixed by a professional, and the granite can also be released and polished. If the counters are still not to the homeowner’s desired look, it may be time to replace them entirely. Wear and tear from lack of consistent maintenance is usually what spells the end for a granite countertop.
By caring for, and repairing and refinishing, you can prolong the life of your granite counter-tops while maintaining their beauty. The cost of repair and restoration is always less than it would cost to replace, and quality granite counter-top restorations return the surface to its original splendour.