We use different stone countertop materials to fabricate our kitchens and bathroom. These materials are hard and tough. But, they are not invincible. Sometimes they break, wear or have different kinds of problems. For which they need to be repaired.
Here are some quick and easy solutions for you to the problems you may face with your stone countertops.
There are few countertop materials those can be as handy as granite. It has a natural beauty with durability. But it can also be vulnerable to scratches and wears. There are three types of defect for granite countertops which are FISSURES, CRACKS, AND CHIPS. Fissures are extensive cracks or breaks or fracture in the rock caused naturally; where cracks are caused by transportation, installation, handling etc.
Here are some tips to repair your granite countertops:
- For light scratches apply pressure with a paper towel soaked with mineral oil. You can also use 300 grit sandpaper. But make sure to use oil afterward.
- In case of deep scratches sand, it out with 100 grit sandpaper and use mineral oil afterward.
- For repairing breaks and cracks epoxy is the most reliable material. For cracks use low viscosity epoxy and pour it through the cracks with the use of a putty knife. It will fill up the gaps and make a bond with the materials. In case of breaks, high viscosity epoxy is used. Firstly, use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth the rough. Then put the epoxy on the breaks and use a putty knife or sandpaper to razor out the excess epoxy. Let it dry for a certain amount of time (around 24 hours would be a good time to consider).
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For small scratches or chips, you can use laminate repair paste or color matched repair pen. The main objective is to camouflage the defect. You need to fill each blemish carefully. Do not overfill, because it will certainly damage the surrounding area. The repair pen is available at almost every hardware store and it will cost around $8-$10.
In case of stains, put a paste of water and baking soda and let it be for an hour or so. Then use a paper towel to gently wipe off. If the stain is too stubborn to go away, you can use denatured spirit, paint thinner or nail polish remover. Soak a white fabric in any of the above-mentioned liquids and gently wipe the surface.
If your laminate is far from few scratches, you can transform the looks by painting. It is a common practice to transform worn-out laminates into granite.
You must follow these simple steps:
- Clean the countertop with soap or detergent. You can also use the solution of vinegar with warm water.
- Then wipe off the surface with denatured alcohol.
- Repair the chips and cracks
- Apply painter’s tape where you don’t want to paint.
- For maximum adhesion and durability, de-gloss the entire surface with sandpaper.
- Apply oil based primer from a well-known company.
- Apply at least 3 coatings from dark to light or vice versa.
But make sure you don’t touch after the wash and keep your kids or pets away while you are working on this.
Tile countertops are subjected to a lot of stress causing frequent wear.
Here are some tips to repair your tile countertops.
- Minor nicks or scratches can be cleaned or sanded away. Wash the small nicks with neutral ph detergent and water and dry them with fine fabric. Isolate the nick with tape and sand it with fine grit sandpaper.
- In case of heavily damaged tile, you can replace the tile with a new one. First, cut around the tile with a grout saw and use a hammer to break the tile into pieces. Now clean the area; put mortar on the back of the new tile and set it on the place. Now you are all set.
- Painting is a good idea to cover up cracks or stains. But tiles frequently in contact with water cannot be repaired in this way.
Quartz is one of the hardest materials on earth. It is almost resistant to chips and cracks. Therefore, quartz is a good choice as countertop material. However, it is not totally invincible. Sometimes small chips or cracks may need your attention.
Here is your solution for quartz countertops:
- Step 1: first clean the countertop. Ammonia-based cleaners are good options here. Spray the cleaner all over the countertop. Then wipe it off with a clean cloth. Make sure you removed all the dirt.
- Step 2: Apply glue to the chips. You can use any kind of fast-acting glue. Do not over apply the glue. You can use a brush. Apply smoothly and let it dry.
- Step 3: after the glue has hardened, use a razor blade to remove the excess amount of glue from the countertop. Do not use cloths or other fabrics. Now you are all set.
But in case of large cracks and chips for your quartz countertops, contact professionals for help.
Marble countertops can have different types of repair issues. Though you can use waxing or varnishing method to protect your marble countertop from chips and cracks and keep it shiny.
But if you need a repair here are some tips for you about how to do it:
- For small cracks use epoxy sealant. First, clean the surface thoroughly and let it dry. Then pour the epoxy sealant. Use a damp cloth to remove extra epoxy from the surface. These sealants can be found at any home improvement center.
- Tin dioxide also known as grade polishing powder is used to remove scratch or stains. Use a felt fabric to apply tin dioxide powder on the scratched or stained surface and rub gently into the scratch or stain is gone. Tin dioxide can be purchased at any building supply store or retailer.
- For chipped or broken places on marble, firstly remove the broken or chipped piece. Then clean the area with acetone and a clean cloth. Now apply a thin layer of low viscosity epoxy and put the broken piece on top of it. Wipe off the excess epoxy with a damp cloth and let it dry. You can then wax or use polyurethane varnish on the surface.
Engineered Stone Countertops
Engineered stone may vary in quality like hardness and durability. However, chips and cracks are a common phenomenon like other countertop materials.
Here is how you can repair your engineered stone countertops:
- For small scratches, you can use repair pen.
- Using mineral oil with a paper towel can also help with small scratches.
- In case of slightly bigger chips and cracks, you can use an epoxy sealant like marble or granite.
Here I have tried to cover almost all the repair possible at home for your stone countertops. Hope it will come to good use to you all. And always remember; in case of larger problems ask for professional help. Enjoy and have a good day.