When you first install natural stone worktops, they will look perfect in every way. They are smooth to the touch without any scratches, chips, or cracks. Of course, after time and with regular use, your worktops can take their fair share of punishment.
The most important thing to remember is that prevention is always better than cure. Preventing damage to your natural stone surfaces is not all that complicated. There are just a few simple rules to remember. Firstly, you should never cut directly on the worktop. Secondly, clean up spills immediately. Thirdly, don’t place hot pots or pans directly on the stone surface and, finally, make sure to reseal regularly.
If, despite your best efforts, your worktops get damaged, all hope is not lost! Surface scratches can be polished out and deeper chips can be filled. In many cases, these are jobs that can be done by most DIY enthusiasts. If, however, you are not all that confident in your abilities or if you don’t have the necessary equipment, calling in the professionals might be your best bet. If you choose to perform the repairs yourself, make sure that you ask your natural stone provider about the best products to use. Not all products are suitable for use on natural stone and they can cause more harm than good. If the damage is significant (like cracks all the way through) and the stability of your worktops has been compromised, then replacement is a better option.