One of the best things about granite tile is its durability. Highly resistant to heat and scratching, one of its major selling points is that it's nearly impervious to damage --- nearly being the key word. Granite can be chipped or scratched, and repairing it yourself is a delicate matter, although it can be done. By working cautiously you may be able to save yourself a large repair bill and get your granite tile looking as good as new.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Granite cleaner
- Polishing cloth
- Steel wool #0000
- Paint pen
- Denatured alcohol
- Stone colour enhancer
- Cotton swab
Spray granite cleaner on tile and allow to soak for five minutes. Scrub with a clean polishing cloth until dry.
Buff minor surface scratches in your granite away with dry #0000 steel wool. Holding the steel wool in one hand, press it firmly against the tile and rotate it in a circular motion. Clean with granite cleaner once the scratch has been removed to clear away any residue from the steel wool.
If the scratch is deep enough that the colour is absent from the tile, take a matching paint pen and colour in the scratch. Remove any excess paint with denatured alcohol.
If the scratch disappears from the granite tile when wet, apply stone colour enhancer to the scratch with a cotton swab.
Tips and warnings
- If you have dark granite, what often appears to be a scratch is actually a transfer from a metal pan or baking tray. These marks will have a silver cast, and can be removed by buffing the surface with dry #0000 steel wool. After you buff the marks out, clean the granite tile with granite cleaner to remove the residue from the steel wool.
- If the scratches in your granite tile do not respond to the treatments outlined above, consider calling a stone care professional. It's possible to do irreparable damage to your granite trying to remove a scratch yourself.
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