Natural stone benchtops can get scratched or stained from acidic substances over time, making them appear dull and dirty. Stains, ring marks, and drip spots can spoil the natural reflection of a stone benchtop.
One of the wonderful benefits of natural stone is that it can be restored completely to its original, pristine semi-gloss finish by polishing or honing.
Whatever type of benchtop you have, whether it’s marble, granite, or reconstituted granite, chances are we can restore it to its former unspoiled condition.
Natural stone benchtops like marble and limestone can be finished in three main gloss levels including:
– Full polish
– Semi-gloss finish
– Honed finish
Each one has its own advantages and comes down to personal preference. There are other types of finishes such as acid washed or antiqued, but they are not that common and they are hard to replicate. Polishing can bring back the fresh new look and feel of your stone benchtops by getting rid of scratches and stains that dull the surface.
Polishing a Natural Granite Benchtop
Granite benchtops rarely need polishing. The most common issues with granite tops occur when the wrong type of cleaning process was used or harsh scouring methods and materials were used to remove dirt or dull spots from the surface.
The hardness of granite is probably one of the reasons why you chose it as a benchtop, vanity, kitchen counter or bar top. However, this is exactly what makes it difficult to polish when it becomes dull or damaged. Polishing powders and abrasives specially made for the purpose of polishing granite are used in the restoration process with good results. In most cases, the gloss will be restored so that replacement will not be necessary. We can polish all types of natural granites including quartzite and basalt.
Polishing a Marble Benchtop
We use the latest technology in diamond abrasive materials and special polishing compounds to restore a natural gloss or smooth honed finish to your marble, limestone, travertine, or terrazzo countertops, vanities, or tables. First, a grinding method is used to remove all scratches and stains where after several different grades of abrasives are used to achieve a uniform, smooth result. We then apply a special diamond abrasive compound to polish the surface and return its natural shine.
Polishing Reconstituted Granite
Although reconstituted stone benchtops such as Caesarstone, Smart Stone, Essa Stone, and Quantum Quartz are very hard and usually stain resistant, they can become damaged from things such as hot pots and harsh cleaning materials that eventually dull its reflective properties.
Each of these types of reconstituted stone surfaces requires different polishing techniques and even different coloured surfaces require different methods to restore their sheen. A range of different polishing compounds is needed to give each type the appropriate attention. This provides us with many options in order to produce the best results and match the unique reflective properties of the original product.
Benchtop Polishing can be done on any reconstituted stone including Caesarstone, Quantum Quartz, Silestone, Essa Stone, Smart Stone, and other engineered or imported stone. So whatever benchtop you have and however bad the damage is, chances are Slique will be able to restore it.
Benefits of Benchtop Polishing
– Removes unsightly scratches, dull stains, and etch marks and restores the stone to its natural beauty.
– Restores a natural polished, gloss, or honed finish to the stone’s surface
– When a smooth surface is restored it becomes more hygienic and there is less risk of bacteria living on the surface.
– A smooth, polished benchtop is easier to clean and keep looking like new.
– Brightens the room as light is reflected from the smooth surface instead of being absorbed into dullness.
Tips on How to Care for your Stone Benchtops
After your stone benchtops have been restored and they look new again, caring for it will ensure that it retains its beauty and gives you pleasure for many years to come.
Hot soapy water and a special granite cleaner are all that is needed to keep granite benchtops clean. Keep in mind that normal kitchen utensils will not mark granite, but gemstones, diamonds, and tungsten will scratch it. Some stone types are more porous and as a precaution, containers with oil or margarine should not be stored on granite surfaces.
Very hot pots and frying pans directly from a hob or oven may cause cracking or grazing.
Marble is more likely to stain and scratch and spills should be wiped immediately to prevent staining. Regular applications of a silicone polish applied with a soft cloth will provide extra protection. Clean with a soft cloth (not soapy water) and hot water. Use pot stands and felt mats to prevent scratching and avoid placing anything that is hot on the marble surface.
If you are at all uncertain about how to care for your stone benchtops, please do not hesitate to contact Slique and we will do our best to help you keep your precious stone surfaces in immaculate condition.
Benchtop polishing is a straightforward process and relatively inexpensive compared to replacement, so contact Slique today for a stone care evaluation and how to have your natural stone benchtops restored to their original beauty.