Reasons why granite restoration is important

Most homeowners go for granite in their homes because it adds a beautiful finish and is durable and will not scratch easily. However, time takes its toll, and regular use causes damage. Granite restoration is always cheaper than replacement. It is wise to take professional help for the restoration of significant damage on your granite counter tops.

The damages to be restored
Quite often, after some time the granite, whether in the kitchen or the bathroom or the privacy of your home can suffer from the following:

• Impact marks and scratches
• Surface scratch marks  
• Chipped edges
• Broken corners
• Defects caused during installation and finishing
• Dullness which can be a build-up of soap used to clean it or hard water.

Though your granite can last anything between five to fifteen years before granite restoration is required, it is wise to seal counter tops professionally every two to four years. Resealing can also be done at home once a month, depending on how you use your counter top. Daily cleaning with warm water and mild soap keeps the seal intact but how often it has to be resealed depends on the granite type and its use.

Effects of restoration 

The reasons why you need granite restoration and refinishing is to avoid having to change the granite you have been using because that can work out expensive. Restoration will have the following effect:

• remove scratches, stains, and etch marks
• restore the lustre and shine of dulling granite   

Fix it Up

1. Dullness caused by regular cleaning that creates a film of soap is easy to fix. All you need is a soap film remover, and your granite will shine as before. This will also work for mineral build-up due to hard water though you may need mineral deposit removers occasionally.

2. Mild etching from acids in foods and grease stain will require the use of polishing powder. A paste is made and layered over the parts that need polishing and then polished with a soft cloth. The length of time you need to keep the polish on depends on the quality or make you are using.

3. If none of the above work, then you will have to opt for refinishing which needs to be done by a professional. Ask your installer if they can do the job or look for a professional in stone works and get it done by him.

4. After all this effort if you are still not satisfied with the look of your granite, you will have to go for a replacement which of course is going to cost you money. The good news is that if you have consistently been maintaining the granite replacement will happen after a long period.

Now that you know that you will have to go for a replacement if you do not take proper care of your granite, you will realise why restoration is important. Why live with dull granite or spend unnecessarily when by being a little careful and getting the fixes done on time you can save a lot of money.

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