Granite Grinding, Polishing, & Sealing
What is Granite?
Granite is a common type of felsic intrusive igneous rock that is granular and phaneritic in texture. Granites can be predominantly white, pink, or gray in color, depending on their mineralogy. Granite is an igneous rock with between 20% and 60% quartz by volume, and at least 35% of the total feldspar consisting of alkali feldspar, although commonly the term "granite" is used to refer to a wider range of coarse grained igneous rocks containing quartz and feldspar. Recently, granites have become a popular choice for kitchen and vanity countertops for their characteristic durability and resistance to staining. Though this stone is more tolerant to harsh chemicals, it can still be easily damaged if treated improperly. Thus, it is imperative to keep your granite properly sealed to help prevent damage.
Can granite be polished?
Granite, though second only in hardness to diamond, can indeed be polished. Even though it is more durable than most commercial stone, over time can wear down.
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Can stains be pulled out of granite?
Yes, stains can be pulled out of granite. The process to remove a stain is by applying a poultice to the stained area and allowing it to dwell for an extended period of time. Multiple applications may be needed depending on the depth the stain has penetrated into the stone.
Can Scratches be removed from my granite?
Yes, deep scratches can be repaired and removed. The process to do the removal is by grinding the stone using abrasive diamond embedded pads, similar to sand paper. The deeper the scratch, the more abrasive diamond pad we use. These diamonds are used in a series, which is determined by the depth of the scratch and the existing finish. For example, for a really deep scratch on a polished finish, we would start at a grit level of 50 then precede with 100,200,400,800,1500 and 3000 grit diamonds. After this process the stone can be polished using a polishing compound which permanently creates a chemical bond to the stone, resulting in a mirror like shine.
Can Chips be repaired on my granite?
Before your stone was delivered to your house as a brilliant and perfect piece of stone, it was composed of numerous holes and voids. At the fabrication factories, these holes and voids are filled using a tinted resin to match the stone color and characteristics. Holes and chips are very common, especially in areas where there is a lot of abrasion, such as at the bases of dining chairs that slide back and forth very often. The holes virtually disappear once they are filled and the material used to fill is very durable.
I have dull spots in my granite, can they be shiny again?
Yes, granite can be polished to remove etch marks and restore the original shine to your granite countertops.