Renowned for its solid strength and timeless beauty, granite never goes out of style. However, granite is not invulnerable to damage.
Acid and corrosive products can etch granite’s surface. Acidic foods and beverages such as lemons or soft drinks can discolour granite and tarnish its beauty. Don’t worry too much though; you can repair most mildly etched granite surfaces on your own. However, granite that has been severely etched will most likely require professional attention. To ensure it stays in its original condition, repair any etched granite as soon as you can. Promptly fix etched granite to restore its original beauty.
Below is a guide to repairing mildly etched granite surfaces.
Things You’ll Need:
- Stone soap
- 3 rags
- 1 oz. granite polishing powder
- Felt buffing pad
- Low-speed power drill
- 1 tbsp. stone polishing compound
- Clean the etched granite thoroughly before repairing it. Pour two drops of stone soap into a tub containing 1 gallon of water. Mix the stone soap solution thoroughly.
- Wet a rag in the stone soap solution. Wipe the etched granite with the soapy rag, removing all grime and residue.
- Dampen another rag in water. Wipe the rag over the granite surface to rinse away soapsuds and detached gunk.
- Wipe the wet granite with a dry towel. Thoroughly dry the etched granite surface.
- Focus on removing the etch marks. Sprinkle 1 oz. granite polishing powder onto the etched granite. Pour 1 oz. water onto the polishing powder.
- Attach a felt buffing pad to a low-speed power drill, following the drill manufacturer’s directions. Glide the power drill in circular motions over the paste-coated granite until the etch marks disappear. Keep the granite coated with the powdery paste as you buff it.
- Wipe the powdery paste residue off the granite with a clean rag.
- Polish the granite to remove any lingering marks and add shine. Apply 1 tbsp. stone polishing compound to the granite surface.
- Buff the granite with the low-speed power drill and attached buffing pad until the polishing compound residue dissolves.