Removing Scratches in Granite Countertops

How to Fix a Scratch in Granite

Granite is a durable natural stone, but it is not entirely risk-free when it comes to scratches and scrapes. These can affect not only the way that your counters look but their functionality and safety. The best way to fix these issues is to prevent any scratches from occurring. While having the knowledge to removing scratches from granite when they do happen.

Preventing Scratches

Here are some easy ways to prevent scratches and to help your granite look brand new for as long as possible:

Use a cutting board

This may seem as though it is common sense, but not for everyone. Some people feel as though because granite is such a sturdy and durable material, that is it fine to cut things on the counter. This is not the case. Because your granite is durable, you may feel as though there is nothing to worry about, because your knives can’t cut through it. This is true, but it can wear down the sealant layer, and it will dull your knives a lot faster than regular use. Cutting something citrus like a lemon is the worst, as the acid from this can begin to erode your granite sealant and create stains. Use a cutting board when you are chopping anything. 
This is a health issue, as well. When you create cuts in your granite, this creates an opportunity for bacteria to get into the porous material. This can begin to smell, if you are cutting things such as raw meat, and the bacteria can transfer to other foods. 

Use protective trivets or place mats

Granite is not susceptible to heat damage – you can place anything hot directly onto your countertops, and you shouldn’t have an issue. If you are moving something heavy like a full pot, you may find that you are dragging it along the counter. This can create issues as there may be something stuck to the bottom of the pot, creating scratches. It doesn’t necessarily have to be anything significant – a small piece of hardened food that wasn’t cleaned properly. But with the pressure of a full pot on top, this can be enough to create damage. 
If you ensure than anything heavy (and/or hot) must be placed on a trivet or place mat. This can prevent issues like that from happening. If you look for non-stick trivets made from cork or some fabric, they can help slide heavy items around with ease. It’s a good practice to use a protective layer when it comes to hot objects. There is a minimal chance that heat can cause issues in your counter, and you should do all you can to avoid that. 

Don’t drop heavy objects onto you counter

When heavy objects are dropped onto granite countertops, it creates the potential for chips or cracks. Although these aren’t the same as scratches. They can still make your expensive counters look unsightly, and it does damage the integrity of the counter. If it affects the sealant, you risk greater chances of stains, further ruining your counter. 
Take extra precautions when you are moving something heavy. Don’t think that just because your counter is made from a durable natural material, that it is stronger than everything that it comes across. Put things down gently. If you are really concerned, perhaps put things in other places (not on your granite countertops), or even on the floor. 

Don’t use steel wool when cleaning your countertop

Steel wool is abrasive enough that it can cause minor scratches to the surface of your counter. This can then lead to unsealed areas that are exposed. Increasing the risk of staining, and bacteria infiltrating the porous granite, which can cause unpleasant smells. 
You shouldn’t need to use anything as tough as steel wool to clean your counter. The majority of messes should be easily wiped up with a soft cloth that won’t damage your counter. You don’t need to go out of your way to buy new cleaning cloths. Whatever you have at home (provided it is not harsh or sharp like steel wool) will work.

Seal your countertop when it needs it

By sealing granite is a great way to strengthen your counter, and to help prevent any future damage. A suitable sealant will help you to protect your counter, making it harder for nicks and cuts to get through.
Depending on what kind of granite your countertop made from. It should be resealed between once every year, to once every five years – it depends on the state of your counters. You can test your granite to see if it needs to be resealed.
You can perform the water test, to let you know if your counters seal has deteriorated, and it is time for a new one. If you spill a little water onto your counter and leave it for a few minutes, it should not stain. But if there is a noticeable watermark leftover after you have wiped it, this is a solid indication you need to reseal your counter. 
This can be done professionally, but you can purchase the tools to do it yourself. If you are attempting it yourself, make sure you buy sealant for your type of granite, and that you follow instructions thoroughly. It will require time and effort, but the results will be worth it. 

Removing scratches from granite countertops

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Getting a scratch in your granite countertop can be annoying. But it can be tempting to leave it – it is relatively small, and it may seem like it’s not worth the effort. If you have a scratch in your counter, it’s best to fix it as soon as possible. It is a lot easier to fix a small issue like that, but if left alone, it can grow. This is then much harder and more expensive to deal with. 

Get it fixed professionally

Of course, you can always look to a professional to fix up any issues that you have with your granite countertops. This is still a safe option because they know what they are doing. Professionals will use the right tools and products to fix whatever scratches you have. They will probably do it faster and better than you can. They may also be able to recommend some safety measures you have not considered, to prevent it from happening.
But you may feel as though this is an unnecessary amount of money and fuss for what might be a small scratch. Nowadays, there are so many products available that you can purchase whatever you need to fix minor problems in your granite countertop. 

Try and wash it out

Your first attempt to remove any scratches should be to wash the area, using warm water, soap, and a soft cloth or rag. If you apply more pressure than usual, this can sometimes help to buff out minor problems. Of course, this is not going to work for most damage, but it is an excellent place to start. This also ensures that the area is immaculate and ready for whatever method you choose to use next.

Buff it out with sandpaper

If you have a small scratch, you can often buff it away. Use 300 grit sandpaper for this. Anything abrasive is potentially going to cause an even bigger unsightly mess, look for sandpaper that is super fine. Gently buff the scratched area until you can no longer distinguish the scratch. Thoroughly clean and dust the area. Getting rid of any residue, and any other bits of dirt and grime that may have been on the counter. Recoat the section of the counter with two coats of protective sealant. You may find that one coat is enough to make your counter look uniform. But often a second thin coat is needed just to get the affected area looking shiny. If you do need two coats, wait at least 48 hours between coats, to ensure they are both fully dry.

Use a home repair kit

There are many different repair kits that you can buy to help you get scratches out of various natural stone surfaces. Some of them can be broadly used on many different surfaces. Others are for use specifically on light or dark granite. Do your research to determine what kind of repair kit you think is going to give you the best results in your situation.
Each kit will differ slightly, but they generally provide you with the tools that you need to fill in the crack. You will receive some form of glue or adhesive to fill the crack or scratch. Then usually some other tools to polish and buff the area so that it can blend in seamlessly with the rest of your counter.