Repair Do’s and Don’ts
If your natural stone experiences unfortunate damage such as chipping, cracking, or stains that cannot be wiped away, there are many remedies available by consulting with a Natural Stone Restoration Professional. Before you resort to self-help and make a bad situation worse, consult a professional.
In order, however, to avoid costly repairs, follow these recommendations:
Don’t stand on your countertops. You may cause cracks in the stone, especially at the sink or range areas.
Don’t slide sharp or abrasive objects on the stone’s surface – even granite can scratch when something heavy is scraped across the counter. Using place mats or padding will help prevent scratches.
Don’t use kitchen granite as a cutting board. It will dull your knives and may even scratch the granite.
Don’t allow acidic foods or liquids to come in contact with stones that contain calcium, such as marble, limestone or travertine. Acids will etch the stone and dull the finish.
Don’t forget to have walk-off mats at all stone entries to help keep abrasives from scratching floors.
Don’t let water sit on a stone surface. The mineral deposits in tap water may damage the finish.