You can repair kitchen countertops with a history wine spills, dropped pans and other sharp objects. This will help you maintain the value of your home and kitchen. While you can hide minor problems, professional contractors are able to fix larger ones.
Granite countertops are susceptible to kitchen wear. With a little knowledge and time, you can make granite counters shine again. Make sure to seal them after you have done the repairs.
Cracks and chips: Fill cracks in granite with layers of epoxy resin that is colored to match the stone. First, clean the area with acetone. This breaks down grease. Make sure you open a window to allow for airflow.
Stains The type and type of stain (wine, ink, oil, bleach) determines which poultice is needed to get it out. A paste made of flour and hydrogen peroxide removes grease, oil, bleach and ink stains. A mixture of flour, bleach and flour cleans wine stains. Alpha, Aqua Mix and StoneTech are all commercial-grade stone cleaners. Prices range from $6 to $20
Solid-surface countertops such as Corian are made from acrylic, resin and other materials. These countertops are durable but can still be stained and scratched. Use a wool pad to apply a white polishing compound to minor scratches. Next, wax the countertop.
Call a professional if you need to make deeper cuts or scratches. Labor costs are approximately $15 to $35 per hour. You will need to replace a portion of the counter. This should cost you between $35 and $65 per square foot.
Minor problems can be fixed, but it is difficult to fix or cover gouges in laminate.
- Use laminate repair paste to fix small chips that match the countertop’s color.
- Use countertop polish or wax to cover scratches
- Apply contact cement to both surfaces of the peeling laminate and press it back into place.
- Use vinegar, baking soda or household cleaner to remove coffee and tea stains.
It will be necessary to replace the stretch that has been damaged. There are a million colors of laminate, so it could be challenging to find the right match for an older counter.
You can replace the counter to achieve the desired look. For countertops with a beveled edge, which look like granite, the cost of labor is between $15 and $35 per hour.
You can stockpile old tiles if you plan ahead. Then grab some and replace any damaged or cracked areas. The following first aid can be used if you don’t own extra tiles:
- Use a little toothpaste to remove any scratches on a clean cloth.
- Use a toothpick to apply epoxy glue to cracks. Then, color the area with oil-based paint.
- Use a utility knife to remove old grout and then use a rubber trowel to replace it.
Over time, stainless steel countertops can become dull, scratched and stained. You can remove scratches but not completely. However, you can polish them with vegetable oil.
Use a mixture of dish soap and baking soda to remove stains. Stains can be removed with a little Barkeeper’s Friend.