When it comes to choosing natural stone countertop for kitchen and bathroom, most homeowners go with granite for more than aesthetic purposes. Many people believe that marble looks more appealing when compared to granite, but granite is less porous, more resilient and stronger than marble, thus making it a great choice for countertops. However, granite is still prone to etching. Let’s see what causes etching on granite stone and how to prevent them.
What Is Etching?
Etching is a chemical reaction that can sometimes happen extremely and cause permanent version of staining. Stains appear on the surface of the stone, but etching marks produce an optical effect and look like floating beneath the top surface.
What Causes Etching?
Substances that are more acidic, particularly those found in the cooking area, are the prominent culprits of etching. Wine, vinegar, tomato juice and many household cleaners are too acidic that they will break down the protective seal and seep through the pores, causing a chemical reaction. Not only in kitchen, etching also happens in the bathroom where many hygienic and cosmetic products are used.
How To Avoid Etching?
One of the best things you can do to avoid etching is to maintain a strong seal on the granite counter. Never use household cleaners that you get from the supermarket. Use only those cleaning solutions that are intended exclusively for granite surfaces. Even if you extensively use your kitchen counter, you can prevent staining and etching by quickly wiping all spills and applying natural-stone sealant.
How To Get Rid Of Etching On Granite Surface?
- Prepare a mix using two drops of stone soap and a gallon container of water.
- Soak a microfiber cloth in this solution and wipe off the surface.
- Use another piece of cloth to wipe away the soapy residue
- Apply polishing powder and one ounce of water on the etched surface
- Move the buffing pad over the powder-coated surface.
When you repeat this, the etch marks will begin to disappear.
For more tips to get rid of etching on granite surface, you can call the in-house experts of Baasar Stones on (03) 9357 7780. We are the leading natural stone supplier in Melbourne, with marble, granite, quartzite and super white dolomite stones in different sizes and specifications to choose from.