New granite countertops are a thing of beauty. They have a shine that almost acts like a mirror—but that shine eventually wears away, leaving your counters looking less than perfect. Fortunately, you can restore that new countertop shine to your granite counters yourself with products that you can find at your local home improvement store.
The first step in polishing your granite countertops is to visit the store and purchase a specialized granite cleaner and a high quality granite polish. You may also be able to find one product that covers both of these functions.
When you get home, go ahead and get to work. Your counters will need a complete clean using the granite cleaner. The cleaner will have detailed instructions on how to best clean your granite, and you should follow these instructions for the best results. You may need several cloths to get a large counter clean, so be prepared! Be sure to get into the cracks and crevices of your counters at this point to remove any accumulated grime.
Once your counters are clean, they need to dry completely. Given the porous nature of natural granite, we recommend that you allow them to dry overnight to ensure that any lingering moisture is gone.
In the morning, or after your counters have dried, use a clean cloth to apply and then buff away your granite polish. You want to work in small areas to maximize the polish’s efficiency. Don’t forget to polish the edging and backsplash in this process. It will take you some time, but it’s worth it when your kitchen or bathroom looks like new again!
Also, you should be wary of using a motorized buffer system. These systems are sometimes recommended to do-it-yourselfers, but they can cause irreparable damage to your counters if you aren’t trained to use them. If you feel that your counters aren’t polished enough from the steps above, give Premier Surfaces a call, and we’ll send you an expert to restore their original shine.