Granite and Quartz countertops are an amazing addition to any home or restaurant. They are practical and beautiful! However, maintaining your stone countertop properly is essential to keeping it shiny and stainless. We have a simple, yet specific 3 step process for making your granite or quartz counter shine like it’s a new slab.
Step 1: Make homemade granite cleaner
Mix some warm water and a dash of mild soap together in a large bowl, bucket, or sink to create a simple, yet effective stone cleaner for your counter. This mixture is important for ensuring that your countertop surface is as clean as possible before the polish process begins.
Dip a micro-fibre cloth into the soapy water mixture and begin thoroughly cleaning the stone surface.
If you prefer, you may purchase a specialty granite cleanser to get your stone slabs as clean as possible. Water and soap will suffice, though! Avoid harsh chemicals on the granite surface such as lemon, vinegar, lime, or bleach, as these chemicals can damage the granite or quartz long-term.
Step 2: Dry the countertops
Using a dry micro-fibre cloth, you can begin to eliminate all of the left-over soapy water. Wipe the countertop surface in a circular motion, covering the entire countertop. You may need to use multiple cloths if the original one gets too wet. This process will prevent streak marks if done correctly.
Step 3: Make and apply the polish
You can create your own granite countertop polish using baking soda! You do this by Mixing 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water in a mixing bowl with a fork until it is a smooth, thick paste. If you don’t feel like making your own shiner, feel free to buy a granite polish. Just be sure that the shiner or polish works with granite countertops. The last thing you’d want to do is damage your granite slab while trying to make it shine again.
When applying the polish, place a thin, even coating of the paste across the granite countertop. You can place dollops of the baking soda paste every foot or so along the countertop and then use a soft cloth to spread it out. Begin buffing the polisher using circular motions. Be sure to get the edges of those countertop slabs. The softer the cloth, the better, as granite can be prone to scratches if the material is too rough. Once the polish is buffed in you will want to use a damp cloth to remove any of the remaining shiner. You can use a dry cloth to wipe off the water after, to ensure streaks don’t appear on the countertop.
Enjoy your newly shined granite countertops! If you notice and scratches, stains, or streaks, feel free to call Rock Tops to professionally polished by our team. We would love to answer any questions you may have about getting your granite or quartz countertops to shine again. Never hesitate to call us at (587) 800-7932.