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    NOVA Stone Care Chip Repair On the Granite Countertop

    Chip Repair On Granite Countertops.

    Granite countertops are beautiful and pleasing to the eye until you drop a heavy object on your stone and break off the part of it. It is one thing to scratch or stain the granite countertop but how do you repair the damages when a chunk of the surface comes off? While it is tempting to fix the chips by yourself, it is worth the extra money to let the professional handle the damage. NOVA Stone Care stone specialists have vast experience in chip repair. Let’s walk you through the process.

    NOVA Stone Care Chip Repair On the Granite Countertop

    1. We Clean The Countertop

    NOVA Stone Care technicians tape up the work area to make sure that nothing else gets damaged. We clean the chip and the surrounding area with acetone. It helps us remove stubborn stains and ensures proper bonding.

    2. We Mark The Area

    NOVA Stone Care technicians use blue tape to mark off the area just around the chip. It prevents epoxy glue from getting on the non-chipped area.

    3. We Fill It Up Carefully

    NOVA Stone Care technicians carefully fill the chipped area with color matched epoxy. Depending on the depth of the chipped area, it might require several applications and tons of patience.

    4. We Are Patient

    NOVA Stone Care technicians wait until the filled area is completely dry. This is crucial, as the epoxy filled surface may be damaged if touched before it’s dry. Once the epoxy is completely dry, we remove the blue tape.

    NOVA Stone Care Chip Repair On the Granite Countertop

    5. We Scrape Off the Excess

    NOVA Stone Care technicians clean up the surface meticulously in order to make the repair even with the rest of the countertop. We use a razor blade and gently and carefully scrape away any excess epoxy from the area.

    NOVA Stone Care Chip Repair On the Granite Countertop

    6. We Buff, Polish and Seal

    As the final step, NOVA Stone Care technicians make sure the area around the repaired chip has the similar gloss as the rest of your granite countertop. We buff the area with sandpaper or steel wool. As the finishing touch, we use a granite polisher or sealer to add a gleam to the area.

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    Honed VS Polished Marble

    Are you thinking of restoring your marble surface but can’t seem to make a choice between the honed and polished look? No worries. NOVA Stone Care professionals are ready to help. Our knowledgeable team performs in person consultations and offers FREE estimates around the DMV area. We’ve decided to list the pros and cons for both finishes so you can make an informed decision about what type of finish works best on your marble.

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    Honed Marble

    Honed marble refers to the marble that has not been polished. It has a matte appearance and a velvety feel, rather than a distinctive shine of the polished marble. 

    • Honed marble is more durable than polished marble. It is resistant to scratches and chips. When it gets scratched, scratches are less noticeable because light doesn’t reflect off the matte finish the same way it does off the shiny finish of polished marble.
    • Because honed marble is not polished, it’s more susceptible to stains compared to its shiny counterpart.  
    • Honed marble is ideal for flooring. Due to the matte surface, it is less slippery than polished marble when wet.
    • Honed marble is easily maintained with regular and timely wipe downs with mild detergent and occasional resealing.
    • Because of its durability, honed marble is perfect for high traffic areas such as entryways, bathroom floors and stairs. 

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    Polished Marble

    Unlike honed marble, polished marble has a high-polish, glossy finish that is created through a special method of polishing with fine pads. Polished marble reflects light and creates rich saturation of colors. 

    • Polished marble has a mirror-like shine which means that scratches are more visible compared to honed finish. On the other hand it is more durable to stains compared to the honed version because of it’s extra layer of polish.
    • Polished marble is smooth which increases the risk of slipping and falling especially when the surface is wet. Polished marble is not a great choice for floors or high foot traffic areas. 
    • Like honed marble, polished marble is very easily maintained with timely wipe downs with mild detergent. 
    • Polished marble is a classic choice for kitchen, bathroom countertops and accent fireplaces. 

    At NOVA Stone Care we recommend honed finish for high foot traffic areas and polished finish for countertops and accent pieces.

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