Can Stone Countertops Be Chipped, or Scratched?

Stone – such as granite, quartzite, marble and soapstone – is still a popular choice among 43% of renovating homeowners. The natural beauty of stone from its unique variety of colors and patterns as a result of millions of years of geological transformations makes it hard to beat. 

It’s also hard to chip or scratch. 

Though stone countertops aren’t easily damaged, it’s not impossible. In the unlikely event of a chip or scratch, homeowners often fret that they’ve ruined the entire countertop. 

This is not the case!  Countertops can be simply repaired and maintained so you can enjoy them for years to come. 

Here are some things to keep in mind: 

Save the Pieces

Should your pot or dinnerware hit the edge of your countertop at just the right angle to cause a piece to chip, don’t worry – this can be fixed. 

If it’s a larger chip, be sure to save the chipper portion to be used in the repair. With the right glue or epoxy mixture, your countertop will look as good as new. 

Consider the Edge 

If you’re still in the buying stage of your natural stone countertop, considering the different types of edges will help you avoid chipping. This is because many chip-happenings occur at the sink edge, where dishes are being washed or post are being filled. 

Typically, the simpler, cleaner lines of an eased or pencil edge are much more durable and will hold up well over time, remaining chip-free.

Generally, the more decorative edges that increase exposed surface area with more angles and cut-aways that thin the stone and extend from the countertop, rather than running north-south, may increase the chance of chipping. 

With that said, you can still enjoy a beautiful cut of stone without having to worry about chipping the edge off. A sink edge finish – like our Chip Reducer – will absolutely help maintain an unblemished appearance over the years. 

Use a Cutting Board

Surface scratches are unlikely, but they are possible under the right circumstances. Therefore, it’s best not to risk it by using your new countertop as a cutting board. 

You won’t necessarily do a lot of harm to the sturdy granite, but you will be dulling your knives. So, if you don’t want to keep sharpening and re-sharpening those, then opt for a cutting board instead of your countertops. Both will thank you. 

Use Mineral Oil on Soapstone

Everyday items like dishes, pots, and keys don’t typically pose a threat to maintaining a surface’s sleek appearance.  

However, if you have chosen soapstone, that will likely be different.  Although very durable, it may show use marks easily – even a fingernail scratch. 

However, marks are easily diminished with mineral oils, since they are a part of the material’s natural character. 

At the end of the day, there’s no need to second guess the stone that you love just because of the possibility of maintenance. Gaining information from reputable resources is key when you’re in the shopping phase. After that, be comfortable in using and living with your selection for many enjoyable years ahead!