Your granite countertops add a sophisticated and lovely finishing touch to your beautiful home.
You've probably asked yourself if you'll eventually have to spend money for replacing your countertops, or if there is a better solution?
The good news is that granite is very durable. Because of granite's durability, it is not easily scratched or burned.
Much like anything else, over a period of time you will start to notice that wear & tear are becoming more apparent.
Our granite countertop's frequent use in our kitchen will cause small chips, various stains, cracks, even the loss of luster.
Regardless of the type of damage your countertop has endured, it's generally always less expensive
to repair, restore, or refinish granite counter-tops, as opposed to having to completely replace them.
Granite countertops should be professionally re-sealed every 2-3 years by a qualified technician, such as Chem-Dry of San Angelo.
Now, dependent upon the amount of use and the nature of upkeep performed, your granite countertops will generally last anywhere from five to fifteen years before a complete restoration will be required. But, there are a few things you can make use of to help maintain your granite countertops in their best condition and extend the lifetime of them before needing a replacement.
Cleaning your granite countertops with warm water and a mild soap can help with keeping the clear, topcoat seal in tact,
as well as keeping etches and stains at bay. But, please keep in mind that your granite countertops may need to be sealed
quite often based upon the amount of use they receive and the type of granite.
Re-sealing your granite countertops may be done at home, although you will need to have it professionally done
every 24 - 36 months. Depending on the frequency and products that you use on your granite countertops,
you'll want to check the surfaces and consider a couple of options. Either a fast, spot-specific re-sealing that is done
once per month or an entire surface re-sealing that normally is required about once per year.
There are a few things to keep in mind when talking about granite. One is that generally speaking,
lighter-colored stones are more penetrable, in contrast to the darker stones. These lighter stones will warrant
more often re-sealing. Always be careful to follow the sealer’s directions, as well as clean the surface thoroughly
before sealing. Give yourself time to allow the sealant to completely dry per the product's instructions.
The entire do-it-yourself process could take you less than an hour.
Don't forget to have a professional re-sealing and polishing performed every 2 years by Chem-Dry of San Angelo.
Look at it like this, the sealants were applied there to assist in keeping liquids from seeping into your beautiful granite's surface. Now, as the clear sealant begins to fade away, you'll begin to notice more etches and stains.
The simplest method of testing your sealant is by placing a few droplets of water onto the countertop's surface. Wait 5-10 minutes and examine the same area to determine if the granite surface dissolved the water. If the water droplets have permeated into the surface at all, it is time to re-seal your granite countertop.
Most granite countertops will last you a minimum of 10-15 years if they are well-maintained. You will find that most chips and cracks, as well as etches and stains, are able to be repaired by a professional.
As well, the granite countertop may also benefit from being re-sealed and polished.
If your countertops are still not desirable to you after all of this; it may be time to replace them.
Everyday wear and tear from the lack of consistent and professional maintenance are usually the downfall that spells the end for granite countertops.
By properly caring for your countertops, along with professional repairs and refinishing, you'll be able to extend the life of your granite countertops and maintain their beautiful luster. You will find that the price for repairs and restoration of your granite will always be less expensive than the cost to replace them. A good professional granite countertop restoration will restore your countertop's surface back to its original splendor!
Chem-Dry of San Angelo now offers an innovative new process to help clean,
protect, and seal your beautiful granite countertop surfaces!
That's correct. The carpet and upholstery cleaning provider that you have known and loved
for over forty years is proud to announce our newest service. Granite Renewal!
A trained, process-certified Chem-Dry technician will be happy to take the time to review and discuss
with you our process. Afterwards, they’ll complete a detailed granite renewal service on your countertops and other granite surfaces. Our unique granite renewal is done in four steps:
1. Clean & Scrub
2. Remove Residues
Granite countertops have always been classic, gorgeous centerpieces and are loved by millions of homeowners. The enduring and lasting attributes of granite suggests that you should be able to appreciate its beauty for years and years. Unfortunately, granite will lose its brilliance and sparkle over a brief period. You probably had a sealing agent applied during the installation process to help with water-proofing. However, that sealer will deteriorate and permit liquids to permeate into the surface of your beautiful countertop. Afterwards, various residues, germs, dirt, and water spots start to dramatically impact the appeal of your granite surfaces.
Routine maintenance, regular cleaning, and water-proofing your beautiful granite
countertops are all vital steps to help you shield your investment.
There are several over-the-counter products available on the market, however most of these will usually harm your investment a bit, rather than add value to your granite. Most of the over-the-counter granite cleaning chemicals made available to consumers contain tough, abrasive additives that may blemish or bruise the granite and cause dulling, leaving your glossy shine to appear muted.
Look for the video at the bottom of this page to see a Chem-Dry Granite Renewal Service in action!
All Chem-Dry businesses are independently owned and operated. Each franchise services particular areas. Not every location will offer every service offered through Chem-Dry. Each location offers various services. As well, there may be locations where a business may not have permission to operate or service.
Chem-Dry of San Angelo does offer Granite Renewal
and we proudly provide service to Tom Green, Sterling,
Runnels, Coke, and Concho Counties in Texas.
A granite countertop restoration or refinishing process will remove stains, etch marks, as well as small scratches. Polishing assists in bringing back the luster and shine of the dulling countertops. Most chips and cracks found in granite countertops will be filled in with mixed epoxy compounds when a restoration is performed by a qualified technician. After the compounds have cured / dried, they are ground and polished to bring back the luster, hiding the damaged areas.
Granite refinishing and restoration processes require sanding of the granite, filling of the cracks with an epoxy and some ground up granite chips and pieces, and then re-sealing the surface with a silicon-based impregnator. Now, polishing is the process that uses a high-quality polishing compound made for granite, a variable speed electric polisher, and a buffing pad designed to restore your granite countertop to a shiny, beautiful finish. Probably the most important aspect when working with porous stone such as granite, is making sure it receives a proper seal using a silicone based impregnator. This will help you avoid future and frequent granite countertop repairs and costly restorations.
Smaller granite surface polishing tasks are sometimes a project you may want to do yourself using only the right products and following the instructions. However, it is VERY DIFFICULT to properly polish granite without the right equipment or know-how. It has always been a good idea to use a granite repair professional for any restoration of significant surface scratches, stains, and cracks on granite countertops.
Make your granite countertops look new, again. Let the trusted Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning Technician, you have been using for years, bring life back your lovely granite countertops. For granite renewal in San Angelo and surrounding areas, call us today at 325-658-1887
Chem-Dry, your trusted professional carpet cleaner and provider of other in-home services that help you maintain a clean and healthy home, currently offers a granite countertop renewal treatment that will allow you to fall in love with your granite countertops all over again.