How to Polish Granite

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.

  • Our kitchen looks awesome!

    “I wanted to tell you what a wonderful experience Mike and I had with putting in our granite counters last week. We had never done a make-over before, so when my husband suggested putting in granite counters I groaned.  Little did I know at the time how smooth and painless everyone at Premier Surfaces would make it. Every encounter was extremely professional. Our kitchen looks awesome and I really appreciate having the opportunity to work with such a great group of people. If we ever decide to do anything like that in the future we will use definitely use Premier Surfaces.”

    Mike and Janet

  • Done right the FIRST time!

    “I walked in on a Friday, and was surprised to see just how busy they were — always a good sign of how a business is doing. In the process of waiting my turn, a number of people asked if I had been assisted yet. Customer service isn’t something you get in most places these days. I walked around their facility and really got a different feel compared to how I felt at other granite shops. The selection was great, everyone was friendly, and they took the time to teach me about the differences in quality for all of the chioces of a fabricator out there. The professionalism, friendly and incredibly knowledgable staff set them apart from the other “competitors”. My kitchen looks beautiful and the investment in my home was well worth it to have it completed correctly THE FIRST TIME. I will be upgrading a few bathrooms in the future and can’t think of any other granite fabricator I’d rather use.”

    -Maggie