Granite countertops and floors look very attractive and they are also durable. Granite is one of the hardest stones. People love using it for kitchen countertops and floors. But being second hardest doesn’t mean that it can’t have bruises or scratches. A minor scratch in the shiny black countertop or in the floor tiles may spoil the whole beauty. Besides being unattractive, it may trap dust as well as germs. Below are some techniques to repair granite countertops and remove granite scratches.
Removing The Scratch Using Home Remedies
First thing is to find out the density of scratch. For scratch larger than half an inch and deeper than 2mm then it’s better to ask some professional.They also have tools to check the density of scratch. For minor scratches you can use following tips:
1. Washing with water and dish wash
With help of coarse rag wash the scratched area with warm water and dish wash. With little pressure and cleaning some scratches will fade.
2. Using resin scratch stick
Resin scratch stick is also used to make scratches invisible.
3. Using ultrafine steel wool
Scrubbing with ultrafine steel wool or sand paper can also repair granite scratches.
4. Using penetrating sealers
You can repair granite scratches with penetrating sealers. It soaks into the scratches and fills them, thus making them invisible.
If nothing of these tips works then you can use another reliable technique. Repairing scratches on the floor isn’t an easy job, and it might not be possible using home remedies. Diamond sanding pads may help us to great extent.
Diamond Sanding Block
Diamond sanding block or sanding pad can fix small to medium scratches in granite. It uses sanding block attached with fine grit diamond paper to remove scratches. Diamond is harder than granite.This tool uses this hardness to remove scratches from granite tiles. But it is necessary to use this tool with great care. Otherwise, you may scratch other areas. It’s better if some professional worker does it, but if you want to do it yourself you can follow the procedure.
Diamond Polishing Pads which include complete set of grits (50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000 grit)
A grinder polisher
Velcro backing pad holder
Clamps and a piece of wood
Other equipment required for the safety of worker includes:
First of all assemble the grinder parts. Attach the Velcro backing pads holder with the grinder.
Fix the granite tile to wood using clamps. Countertops are already fixed.
Encircle the scratch mark. Now attach 100 grit polishing pad to the Velcro holder. Keep the grit in contact with the tile surface. Keep in mind that 100 grits is very aggressive. Prolonged application may cause distortion to the tile surface. So it is better to apply minimal pressure.
While scrubbing make sure to use plenty of water. Move the grinder in slow circular motion.
After scrubbing for a little while wipe the water and check the scar.
Repeat the procedure by increasing the target area and the grits as well. After 100 grit use 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 grits. Reduce volume of water as you increase the grits.
When you reach 2000 grit start using castor attached to the polisher. Use this castor as a pivot point and apply more pressure to the abrasive wheel.
After polishing with 3000 grit, comes the final stage of buffing. During this stage you will have to build up heat to enhance the performance of the buff. Use water as lubricant but avoid over-heating.
For buffing, attach the black buff to the Velcro holder. Move the hand in circular orbits while buffing. Clear the surface. In end, you will find a tile with a shiny black mirror-like surface.