Most homeowners will attempt to repair something at least once. Sometimes they are successful, while other times a professional has to come in at some point to correct botched repair attempts. Trying to repair something yourself, like a granite countertop, may be worth it just as long as you’re prepared with the right tools and products. As you may know, granite is not easily damaged. However, while it’s a durable material, it can still become dirtied, chipped or damaged over time.
It can cost quite a bit to hire professional help, but buying a new counter will cost even more. So, when it comes to chipped granite countertops, making repairs on your own using an epoxy can save you a lot of money. Have your granite counters in Northern Minnesota gotten chipped? Here’s rundown of what you need to do:
- Get your cleaning solution: Cleaning the damaged area of a granite countertop does not require a special cleanser. Simply get a bowl and mix together warm water and a mild dish soap. This is all the cleaning solution you’ll need for now.
- Apply the cleaning mixture: Once your water and soap are mixed together and ready to go, take a non-abrasive sponge, dunk it in the solution and clean the damaged area. After applying the wet sponge to the counter, be sure to wipe the soapy surface with a clean dry cotton cloth or towel. Let the area finish air drying for one hour.
- Dry and prep: Now that the cleansed damaged area is completely dry (remember, let it stand for at least one hour), protect the areas surrounding the chip. Use masking tape until the only exposed portion of the countertop around the damage is the spot in need of repair.
- Apply epoxy: Wearing disposable latex or non-latex gloves, begin mixing the granite epoxy resin and hardener. Make sure they are mixed together well before using. Apply the mixture to the chipped area on the granite surface. The easiest way to smooth down the epoxy is to take a tongue depressor to it, then use a razor blade to clean off excess epoxy.
- Let the epoxy dry: Be patient and let the epoxy take all the time it needs to dry completely. Drying time will vary depending on the size of the chip, the climate where you live, the indoor environment and the type of granite epoxy used.
- Apply sealer: The epoxy must be completely dry before a sealer can be applied—we recommend waiting a minimum of 24 hours after applying the epoxy. After this amount of time has passed, apply sealer to the repaired area to restore the stone’s luster and to give it extra protection.
- Additional notes: For your safety and the safety of others in the house, don’t use the oven or other heat-producing appliances while repairing a chipped countertop. Some of the repair substances are flammable.
Call L & L Granite Countertops to learn more about fixing your countertops or customizing new granite counters in Northern Minnesota for your home!