Your granite countertop might lose its luster over time. Even if it is sealed, the granite won’t look brand new forever. You’ll have to think about resurfacing your countertop.
How to resurface granite countertops?
You can either use a resurfacing kit or sand and refinish the granite. If there are chips or cracks in the granite then sanding is a better option. It will remove any physical damages to the countertop. If the granite has only lost its shine, using a resurfacing kit is enough.
That’s the short answer. But you’ll need to know more to do the job properly. So you should keep reading!
What Damages The Granite?
Granite is usually a very resilient countertop material. It lasts really long. But no material is immune to wear and tear. Regular use and cleaning cause the material to lose its shiny look. This is because despite its apparent non-porous look it has a lot of pores.
These pores absorb the minerals in hard water. Different cleaners used also end up getting logged in the pores. Oils from cutting boards and cooking also seep into the granite. As a result, light gets reflected differently and the countertop looks less shiny.
To add to that, the granite can get chipped or scratched. All of this makes the granite look worn out.
How to Resurface the Countertop?
The granite might look worn out but you can rejuvenate it. There are 2 ways you can do it. Your choice of method will depend on the kind of damage the countertop has sustained.
Method 1: Sanding and Refinishing
Go for this method if the countertop has sustained physical damage such as chips and scratches.
You’ll need to have the following tools to do it:
- Power Grinder
- 220 Grit Sandpaper
- 600 Grit Sandpaper
- 1200 Grit Sandpaper
- 2000 Grit Sandpaper
- Epoxy gel
- Hardening spray
- Microfiber cloth
- Rubbing alcohol
The first thing you’ll need to do is clean the surface. For that, take a 220 grit sandpaper and rub inside the chips and cracks. This will smoothen the surface and clean it a bit. After you’ve sanded it, pour some rubbing alcohol all over the countertop.
Rub the surface with the microfiber cloth. Wait for 2 minutes for the alcohol to dry. Then it’s time to fill in the chips. Take the epoxy gel and pour it into the chips. Pour enough so that the epoxy slightly overflows. Then apply a hardening spray.
After the gel has hardened, it’s time to sand. Take your power grinder and attach a 220 grit paper. Then run it over the surface. Keep sanding till the entire countertop is level. Take off enough material to reveal the layer beneath.
Next grind with a 600 grit paper, followed by a 1200 grit paper. When you start seeing a reflection switch to 2000 grit paper. Finish sanding with this one.
Once you’re done with the sanding it’s time to seal. Use the sealers from here:
Either of these will do a great job of covering the pores in the natural rock.
Pour out the sealer all over the countertop and spread evenly with an applicator brush. The sealer will get absorbed. Once it does, apply a new layer. And keep doing it until the granite stops absorbing any more sealer.
After you’re done sealing, rub the entire countertop with a microfiber cloth.
Method 2: Using a Resurfacing Kit
If there are no cracks or chips, a resurfacing kit will do the job. The resurfacing kit will have all the necessary equipment. But there are a few nice-to-haves.
Having these tools on hand will make the process easier:
- Power grinder
- Microfiber cloth
- Sealer Applicator Brush
- Hog hair pad
First, you’ll need to clean the surface. Prepare a thick paste of acetone and baking soda, and cover the surface with it. Leave the paste on for 24 hours. This will remove any oil stains.
Next, get the stone scrub from the kit. The stone scrub is an abrasive cleaner. It’ll safely remove the materials logged in the pores. Squeeze the scrub onto the surface and rub it in with the hog hair pad. To make the scrubbing easier use the power grinder.
Once the entire surface is covered, let the compound sit for a few minutes. Then spray the crystallizing compound and rub it off with a microfiber cloth.
At this point, the granite should be perfectly clean and shiny. To keep it from losing this shine quickly you’ll need to seal it.
Just spray the sealer generously on the countertop and leave it for 5 minutes. When the time’s up, rub off any excess.
This will make your countertop look as good as it was when you installed it. As you can understand, resurfacing doesn’t take too long. But proper maintenance would make it so that you don’t need to resurface as often.
3 Tips for Maintaining Granite
Granite is one of the best materials for your kitchen. And one can easily last 10-15 years if properly maintained. Here are a few things you should do for maintenance.
Keep the Abrasive Cleaners Away
Acidic cleaners, or harsh abrasive ones can easily damage your countertop. They’ll strip the sealant. And might even leave chips on the granite surface. Which will actually make the situation worse.
Instead, use a homemade cleaner or one specifically made for granite.
This will preserve the seal and keep the countertop clean. It’ll also not leave any holes in the granite.
Dry the Countertop
Always keep the granite dry. Use a microfiber cloth for this. Regularly drying your countertop will go a long way. If anything is spilled onto the counter, clean it as soon as possible. This will prevent absorption.
Also, don’t let any water sit on the granite. Minerals in hard water will stain the surface. And cleaning the stain might damage the granite itself.
The seal on the countertop is what prevents chemicals from seeping into the pores in granite. This seal will wear out. You’ll have to reapply the seal every now and then.
To test whether the granite needs resealing, splash water, and observe. If the water beads up then the seal is intact, otherwise it’s not. In that case, you’ll need to reapply the seal.
Reapplying the seal is easy. Just spray on the sealant all over the surface and wait 5 minutes. After that, wipe the surface.
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Question: How much does it cost to resurface granite countertops?
Answer: The cost of fixing the countertop will vary based on the level of damage. Depending on that, it can range from $200 – $2,000.
Question: Can I cover granite with epoxy?
Answer: Yes. You can put epoxy over granite countertops. Using clear epoxy will leave the granite visible. If you use colored epoxy it’ll cover the granite entirely.
Question: Can I wash the granite with dish soap?
Answer: Yes. Dish soap and water is a good way to clean the granite countertop. Using vinegar, windex, or bleach on granite will ruin the seal.
We’ve answered how to resurface granite countertops. You’ll find everything you need to know to keep the granite looking good in this article.
Read along to maintain your granite countertop. Just remember to start with a coarser grit if sanding the surface. And slowly move up to create a more polished look.
With that, we wish you the best of luck returning the shine to your granite countertop!