Natural stone countertops are unmatched in their beauty and durability. They can last for decades before needing to be replaced. However, they’re not invincible to damage that can occur from impacts or staining. Fortunately, quality countertops in Brookhaven can usually be repaired when damage does occur, so if you’ve noticed damage to your stone countertops, then here’s what you need to know.
Heat stains aren’t extremely common with granite and other natural stone because they’re much more heat resistant than other countertops surfaces. However, they can be damaged by heat, which is why installers recommend you still use a rack or hot pad when placing hot pans on the counter. The first thing you should do is thoroughly clean the area without using abrasive chemicals. Some stains can be removed with a mixture of baking soda and water rubbed gently on the area.
Hard water residue on the countertop is a common problem in areas with high mineral content, and it typically occurs around the faucet. You may notice a circular stain there. A gentle cleanser and a soft-bristled brush can often remove this hard water buildup. There are special poultice mixtures you can purchase that are specifically made to extract stains from granite. This usually requires the mixture to sit on the area for a day, so that’s something to keep in mind. You can often prevent hard water stains by wiping up water before it can accumulate and sit on the surface.
Scratches and chips are common when silverware, pans, and dishes impact the counter. Granite chips require the use of an epoxy resin that matches that color of your granite. The mixture is placed in the chip or crack, and a razor blade is used to scrape off the excess so that the surface is smooth. The process can be time-intensive with sanding and polishing, so you should hire a professional to make these repairs.
Sometimes the edge of the countertop will crack due to the weight of appliances. A professional can usually repair these cracks, but it’s a good idea to have these areas that routinely hold extra weight reinforced to avoid additional cracks.
Most natural stone countertops are sealed, which makes it less likely that they’ll sustain water damage. Unfortunately, standing water or leaks from the sink or dishwasher can cause damage to the supporting cabinets under the countertops. Any areas of concern can be sealed with caulk to prevent damage.
Harsh cleaning products or acidic foods can cause chemical stains, or etching, on natural stone. Affected areas look dull, but there’s a way to address this. Countertop specialists can recommend or supply products to buff and polish the surface to restore shine. To avoid this type of damage, be sure to use only soap, warm water, and microfiber cloths when cleaning your natural stone surface.
Ruptured countertops are rare because they’re due to poor installation. When quality professionals install countertops in Brookhaven, they make sure the surface is even and that the joints are well crafted. In addition, they allow sufficient time for the glue to dry so that there’s little risk of rupturing later on. Some rupture cracks can be repaired by a professional with adhesive and filler. Contact Atlantis Granite & Marble, LLC today to learn more about countertop care.