Granite is one of the most beautiful natural stones you can adorn your home with. Available in a variety of colors, granite surfaces can complement virtually any aesthetic style. Whether you already have granite surfaces in your home or you’re thinking about remodeling an area of your home with granite, it’s important to protect your investment. In today’s post, we’ll review several causes of granite damage, as well as the signs of granite damage you should be looking for. Concrete & Marble Transformerz proudly provides epoxy services, marble restoration, and granite restoration in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Call our restoration company today at 562-206-2729 to schedule a free estimate!
Granite is commonly used to furnish kitchens and other high-traffic areas because of its durability and resistance to stains, but it is not completely stain-proof. Granite, particularly when it is unsealed, is still somewhat porous, and liquids that are not cleaned up in a timely matter will soak into the stone, causing it to become stained. Some liquids are more damaging to granite than others, and you should be especially careful to avoid spilling the following liquids on your granite surfaces:
- Acidic/Citrus Juice
- Red Wine
Granite sealing can protect your granite countertops or other surfaces from stains, so contact our restoration company today if your granite needs to be sealed!
Chips and Cracks
As we noted in the previous section, granite is often used in kitchens and high-traffic areas because of its durability. However, it’s precisely because granite is used in high-traffic areas that it is susceptible to physical damage over time. Guests will inevitably set an object on your granite countertop with a bit too much force, or you may have accidentally chipped your granite surface while cleaning. Regardless of how careful you are, chips and cracks are likely to form over time. The good news is that your granite countertops or surfaces can be restored, even if they have been chipped or cracked. Chips in your granite surface can be polished to the point that you usually won’t be able to see them without looking closely, and you may not even notice that the surface was chipped at all.
As we’ve noted throughout this post, granite is an extremely durable material, and the only substances that will actually scratch your granite surfaces are stones that are harder than granite. If you notice streaks or lines on your granite surface, this is probably a sign that your granite needs to be polished and sealed. It’s incredibly unlikely that you will scratch your granite surfaces unless you slide rings or jewelry containing precious stones across your surfaces.
Granite is generally a heat resistant material, but it can be damaged if you set hot pots and pans directly on your countertops. Properly sealed granite will be able to withstand high levels of heat, but it’s always best to be cautious with the natural stone surfaces in your home. Investing in cookware that you can rest your hot pots and pans will be significantly cheaper than restoring or repairing your granite countertops.
We hope that these tips will help you protect the natural stone surfaces in your home. If you currently have granite that needs to be polished or repaired, or if you have another natural stone surface that needs restoration, contact Concrete & Marble Transformerz today! We’ve helped hundreds of Los Angeles homeowners restore their stone surfaces, and we would love to help you with yours. Contact us either through our website or by phone at 562-206-2729 to schedule a free estimate!