Granite countertops are an important investment for your home. They add beautifully rich color and sheen to your kitchen, imbue it with both a classic and modern flair, and also ease food prep and serving. You should do anything possible to protect this investment so that you don't find yourself needing to replace your countertops in a short time. After all, granite is a natural stone that has survived intense underground pressure and heat. It shouldn't meet its end in your kitchen.
One problem that can occur with poorly maintained countertops is a loss of luster or shine. A dull appearance can make the granite look less impressive and even fake. Countertops retailers don't just know how to install countertops in Atlanta, they also know how to restore them. The good news is that it may be possible to give your dull granite the shine and sparkle it once had, and very well should.
Here's how to restore dull granite.
Understanding Its Flaws
First of all, it's important to understand that granite is a hardy stone, but by no means is it invulnerable. All types of countertops are prone to certain flaws and have particular weaknesses. For instance, ceramic tile can chip or crack easily. Granite, although very tough, can in certain situations be prone to etching—the process of acid deposits eating away at the surface layer of the stone, revealing the dull, unpolished layer underneath. Some everyday cleaning products used in your kitchen can etch the granite, dulling its appearance and even leaving unappealing marks on the surface. Never use cleaning products on your granite that contain acids. Also do not use vinegar. These can compromise the stone sealer and possibly etch the surface, We recommend Dawn dishwashing detergent diluted with water or “denatured” alcohol, which can be purchased at any hardware store.
If your countertops have light, minor etching, you can buy a specialized polishing powder to tackle this problem. If you want a product recommendation for your exact style of granite, contact the team you hire to install bathroom countertops or kitchen countertops. Follow the product label's instructions exactly to prevent staining or harming the granite.
If you notice a distinct dullness around your stove or oven, then a combination of oils, soap, and/or heat may be responsible for dulling the granite. You can apply a light amount of acetone with a soft cloth. This solvent will break down the dull buildup that has filmed over the surface. You will then need to reseal this area with an impregnating silicone sealer, available at many home improvement stores.
Granite is often more inexpensive than marble, quartzite, and other natural stone custom countertops options, but this savings sometimes comes with extra maintenance demands. Granite surfaces may need to be re-sealed from time to time, especially in a kitchen. The sealer coat that protects and livens up the granite can wear down or become etched. When this happens, you should hire a countertops installation team to come re-seal the surface. They may even have to re-polish the areas that are badly etched from acidic contact. You may want to ask experts in countertops installation for the cost of their services.
Don't dismay if your granite shows flaws. There is almost always a solution. Follow the above guide for any and all dull areas of the surface. Keep in mind that if you're concerned that the entire slab has lost its sheen, it may need to be re-sealed. Contact a team that can install countertops in Atlanta for care advice, re-sealing services, and more.