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How to repair a damaged marble countertop

Marble worktops are a timeless classic for kitchens, but sometimes you might find that you have a damaged marble countertop. Fret not, often it’s possible for marble countertop repair to remove signs of damage and leave your worktop looking as good as new.

In this guide, we’ll look at the various ways to repair damaged marble countertops and give you some top tips for marble worktop repair.

Whether you’re dealing with chips, cracks, stains or scratches, keep reading to find out how to fix your damaged marble countertop.

Common reasons for marble countertop repair

Before we look at how to fix damaged marble countertops, let’s first take a look at some of the most popular reasons for marble worktop repair:

  • Mending cracks and/or chips in the marble
  • Fixing scratches in marble countertops
  • Reattaching broken off corners and chunks of marble
  • Restoring the gloss finish
  • Removing stains
  • Polishing marble edges
  • Repairing surface damage caused by cleaning products

Most of the time, unless your marble countertop is extremely damaged, it’s possible to repair the marble without having to replace it – which will bring it back to life and save you money.

Wondering how much it costs to replace your damaged marble countertop? Check out our guide to the cost of replacing kitchen worktops if you believe your marble worktop may be beyond repair.

5 ways to repair damaged marble countertop

There are a number of different ways to repair a damaged marble countertop, and the method to choose will depend on the type of damage you’re dealing with.

We’ve put together a summary of the most common types of marble countertop repair.

Top tip before you start your marble worktop repair

Whatever type of marble damage you’re repairing, it’s always best to start by removing any dirt, dust and debris from the marble – use a small vacuum cleaner and a damp cloth to make sure all dust is removed from any holes or cracks.

By thoroughly cleaning your marble first, you’ll be creating a nice, clean surface that will allow any products or materials you use to be most effective.

1. How to repair a hairline crack in marble countertop

Due to everyday use, dealing with a hairline crack in marble is one of the most common types of marble countertop repair. And the good news is, it’s fairly easy to fix.

For hairline cracks, simply apply a small amount of epoxy sealant to fill the crack and smooth it over with a putty knife.

Then use a clean, damp cloth to remove any excess epoxy sealant from the marble.

2. Repairing a deep chip in marble countertop

When you have a deep chip in your marble worktop, it’s slightly more complex to repair the marble – because you ideally need to create a filler that looks like the original marble pattern.

It’s often difficult to do this as a DIY job so, unless you’re skilled in stone work, it’s often best to hire a professional marble repair expert to fix deep chips so that the finished result matches the rest of your marble countertop.

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3. Fixing scratches in marble countertops

For fixing scratches in marble countertops, you’ll want to reach for a tin oxide product – often known as grade polishing powder.

Tin oxide is brilliant at repairing scratches and stains on a marble surface. All you need to do is apply the tin oxide powder to your scratch-damaged marble worktop and use a piece of lint-free fabric to gently rub in the powder in a circular motion until the scratch or stain is removed.

4. Removing stains from a damaged marble countertop

As we mentioned for removing scratches, use a tin oxide polishing powder to remove stains from the surface of your marble worktop.

With relatively little effort, you should see the stains disappear from your countertop.

5. Reattaching broken marble pieces

Sometimes you might have pieces of marble that have broken off your countertop. If that’s the case in your home, the best solution is to use a marble adhesive.

Apply the marble adhesive around the hole where the piece(s) of marble has broken off, and also to the disjointed piece(s) of marble. Next, position the marble pieces back into place and press down firmly until they stay in place unaided – and leave to dry completely for 24 hours.

Once the marble adhesive is dry, use a damp cloth or sponge to wipe away any excess adhesive. Job done.

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5 tips to avoid needing marble worktop repair

Prevention is the best way to avoid having to deal with marble countertop repairs, so here are our top tips for preventing damage to a marble worktop:

  1. Regularly clean your marble countertop and keep it free of dirt and debris that can cause scratches.
  2. Use chopping boards whenever preparing food on your marble countertop.
  3. Use cleaning products that are appropriate for marble so that you don’t cause any chemical damage or stains.
  4. Wax your marble surface to create a protective barrier that will help prevent any scratches.
  5. Varnish your marble to give your countertop added protection from daily wear and tear.

Hire a professional to repair your damaged marble countertop

Sometimes it’s best to hire an expert to do the job, and fixing a damaged marble countertop requires specialist skills and experience.

Thankfully, we have plenty of experienced local tradespeople in your area who can help.

And, as with any home improvement project, we always recommend obtaining at least three quotes from our trusted Checkatrade members.

Our request a quote feature is perfect for getting quotes – you post details about the job you want doing and we’ll send it out to local tradespeople in your area. Try it out today!

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