How to fix scratched granite tile

Written by elizabeth grace
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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

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Spray granite cleaner on tile and allow to soak for five minutes. Scrub with a clean polishing cloth until dry.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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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