While granite is one of the most durable countertop materials available, that doesn’t mean it is impossible for your granite countertops to become chipped or cracked. If you have such a flaw in your granite countertops in northern MN, you might be wondering how exactly to make the repairs.
Here are some step by step instructions to help you patch up chips and cracks in granite countertops and keep them looking great for many more years to come. Remember: if you aren’t confident in your own ability to make the repairs, you can always hire a professional to get the job done for you:
- Get the right supplies: For a small chip, you might be able to use a product as simple as a strong, thick super glue. You can find these glues at local hobby stores for around $5. Larger chips might be more complicated, in which case you would need epoxies and other products supplied by industry vendors. Those are situations in which you would likely need the assistance of a professional.
- Clear the area around the chip: You want to be sure the area around the chip is dry and clean. You can use nail polish remover or acetone to clean off the area.
- Darken the area (optional): If the chip caused the area of stone around the chip to lighten up, you can darken it with a dark permanent marker, which will dry quickly. You might not need to do this with lighter colored stones or if the chip is quite small.
- Tape the area around the chip and apply glue: You should apply only enough glue to fill the chip just past the stone’s surface. If you are in a hurry to have the glue dry, you can add an accelerating product to have it cure immediately. However, you should know that using such a product could cause the repair to form a difficult-to-remove green stain if you are not careful. The amount of time it will take for the glue to dry depends on the depth of the glue job, the level of humidity in the area and a variety of other factors.
- Use a razor: Remove the excess glue with a razor once it has dried and you have taken off the tape.
- Finish the surface: Using a fine grit sand paper (#320 or higher) or a wet sandpaper made for cars, run over the area to restore that high level of sheen you love in your granite countertops. You can also polish with a buffing compound to increase that shine.
Again, if the idea of doing the job yourself is too daunting or if the job itself is too large, you can always seek the assistance of a professional granite countertop repair service, but the tips will give you a good method with which to fix small chips and cracks.
Contact us today at L & L Granite Countertops for more information about granite countertops in northern MN.