How to get scratches out of granite countertops

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How to get scratches out of granite countertops
Granite countertops are durable but may show scratches. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Granite is an excellent option for countertops in the home and office because of its durability and versatile aesthetic. It can complement almost any style of decor, from traditional to modern. The colour of the stone can hide most wear and tear and because it is so durable it can generally withstand most everyday use. Should scratches start to show on your countertops there are some ways to repair the damage.

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Things you need

  • Sponges
  • Mineral oil
  • Paper towel
  • Coarse-grit sandpaper

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  1. 1

    Clean the surface of your countertop thoroughly. Use gentle sponges to avoid causing further damage to the counter's surface. Be sure the scratch and surrounding counter are thoroughly dry before attempting to repair the scratch.

  2. 2

    Pour 1 tbsp of mineral oil onto a clean paper towel. Press the mineral oil onto the scratch and rub gently with the paper towel. Carefully press the oil into the scratch, adding more oil if necessary. Allow the oil to dry to see if the scratch needs a second coat of oil or further repair. This option may be effective for very light scratches.

  3. 3

    Sand down the scratch and the surrounding area with coarse-grit sandpaper. This is best if your scratch is deeper than ordinary surface scratches. Wipe up any dust caused by the sanding with a warm, damp cloth. Apply more mineral oil to the area to restore some of the natural shine of the countertop.

Tips and warnings

  • Consult a professional for serious scratches; you may do more harm than good if you try to remove scratches yourself.
  • Before you begin, test the effect of your repair on a scrap piece of granite or a portion of countertop that is generally not seen.

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