How do I get dings out of granite countertops?


Have a few dings and gauges in granite countertops. Anyone know how to repair chipped granite and also how can i restore the look to my granite countertops?

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  • William William on Feb 04, 2019


    You will need nail polish remover to clean the granite surface, straight razor blades, thick super glue (gel), and if you have a darker Granite Countertop you might want to have dark Sharpie marker. Start cleaning your chipped area with nail polish remover. Let the Granite air dry. Tape off the area surrounding the chip and apply just enough glue to fill the chip and rise just slightly above the surface of the stone. Filling the glue up to within flush of the surface of the tape should be sufficient. Once the super glue has completely dried and the tape removed, use a straight razor blade to remove the excess Super glue by “fanning” the excess material away. Wait and allow the glue to cure before cutting with the razor. The time it takes for the glue to cure depends on how deep the chip was, the humidity in the home, etc.(This next step only applies if you have darker Granite) Once desired results are achieved, you may wish to use a colored permanent marker such as a black Sharpie to color the super glue. A Sharpie is permanent and dries quickly. For lighter colored stones, this may not be necessary.

  • William William on Feb 04, 2019

    Granite cleaner

    Marble, granite, and stone do NOT like having acidic (ie: citrus-based) cleaners used on them. Citrus or vinegar will actually cause “etching” on granite countertops. Not a good thing. Granite countertops also don’t like it when you use something like Windex on them because it strips the “seal” off of the stone.

    If you are trying to remove an old stain, create a dense paste of more baking soda and less water. Then place the paste over the stain, allowing it to function for a few minutes. After that wipe off the baking soda paste. If it is needed you can repeat the procedure until the stain vanishes.

    Apparently there are some very nice countertop/granite cleaners out there that do a great job…but $7.00 for a 12-ounce bottle? YOU can do better than that! :-)

    After researching several homemade options out there…I discovered they all had the same basic ingredients…just in varying amounts. Some had a LOT of alcohol in them…some very little. I think the following “recipe” has a good balance of the ingredients, based on the information I read.

    Homemade Granite Cleaner, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol (or cheap vodka), 3 drops of Dawn or other dish soap (Castile soap would also be a good alternative if you prefer), Water, 5-10 drops essential oil (optional – to help mask the alcohol smell).

    Put the rubbing alcohol or vodka into a 16 oz spray bottle. Add the dish soap, essential oil and fill up the rest of the bottle with water.

    Now give it a few shakes….THEN give it a try! It should give your countertops a nice, clean shine. Works on appliances too! All at a FRACTION of the price of the store-bought stuff.

  • William William on Feb 04, 2019

    How to Fix Dull Granite Countertops

    Granite countertops can add a sleek elegance to any kitchen, and because they're highly durable, they don't require much maintenance. Over time, however, acidic substances can etch the surface of your counter, or residue from grease and soap can build up on the surface, causing the granite to look dull and faded. In some cases, you can take of the problem yourself by using the right product to clean the surface. With more serious dullness, though, you may need to call a professional for assistance.

    Use Polishing Powder ..... If your granite countertop's dullness is due to light, surface etching, granite-polishing powder may be able to remove it. The powder is slightly abrasive, so it removes shallow scratches, stains and other residue that might be causing the granite to look dull. To use the powder, you usually must mix it with water to create a paste that you can work into the granite with burlap or a felt pad. Polishing powder may not work on all granite surfaces, though, so be sure to consult your manufacturer's instructions to verify that you can use it on your counter. In addition, some polishes are designed specifically for light or dark granite, so be sure to choose the right option for your countertop.

    Treat with Acetone ..... If you notice that the granite countertop near your stove or sink has begun to dull, it may be grease, oil, soap scum or other thicker residue that is marring the surface. Rinsing the area with water and an ordinary household detergent may not be enough to break down and remove the film. Instead, use a soft cloth to apply acetone to the dull areas. Because acetone works as a solvent, it is extremely effective in dissolving thick, greasy stains. After scrubbing the countertop with the acetone, rinse with warm water.

    Reseal ..... Your granite countertop may begin to dull if its sealer coat becomes etched. If the surface of the stone beneath is still in good condition, however, you usually can repair the countertop by resealing the granite. Be sure to use a sealer product that is recommended by your counter's manufacturer or installer, and thoroughly clean the surface before applying the sealer. You can use a rag or a spray bottle to apply it, but work slowly to ensure that you cover the granite in an even coat. After the sealer had dried completely, you can apply as many as three additional coats to provide the most effective protection for your countertop. You can also prevent fading before it happens by resealing your counter each year to renew the protective coating.

    Refinish ..... If your countertop is badly faded, deep etching from acidic substances has likely occurred. In that case, the faded areas must be completely refinished or repolished to remove the etched surface. Because granite is such a hard stone, though, it requires specialized equipment like a grinder or stone polisher, so it's usually best to hire professional stone restorer to handle the project. Contract your installer to see if he offers repolishing services or can recommend a stone restorer for the job.

  • Unfortunately you won't be able to get the dings and gouges out. As it's natural stone, there's no real way to repair or replace the missing bits.

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Feb 04, 2019

    Wow, William gave you a lot of great information. If you can't get them out with the methods he suggested, get a sharpie marker close to a color in your granite and color it in to at least minimize the look of the problem. Draw on the problem spot and using a paper towel, wipe excess off right away.