How to repair dull spots on granite

Updated February 21, 2017

Granite is used in many residences and/or office buildings to add style and sophistication to the decor. Since it is a natural stone, granite's colour, textures and patterns vary greatly. With proper (and regular) care and maintenance, granite surfaces can last for years. Everyday wear and tear can dull the surface of the granite, causing some areas to fade or appear lacklustre. If you have granite countertops, fireplace surrounds, flooring or any other item containing granite, you will be happy to know that those dull and faded spots polish easily, so you can bring back that luxurious shine without much effort.

Wear rubber gloves to avoid getting the stone cleaner on your skin, as some people may be allergic to the ingredients.

Pour one capful of stone cleaner onto a clean cloth. Use this cloth to clean the granite surface of dirt, grime and oil residues. Make sure the stone cleaner states specifically on the package that it is intended for use on granite.

Spray liquid granite polish on the surface of the granite item, and buff the polish with a chamois, using small, circular motions. Work in smaller 3-foot by 3-foot areas to prevent the granite polish from drying before you are able to buff it with the chamois. Continue to buff the polish onto the granite until you have covered every inch of the surface.

Apply granite penetrating sealer to the granite with a clean cloth according to the manufacturer's instructions. The sealer will add extra protection to the granite surface, keeping the granite from fading or dulling quickly.

Dampen a lint-free cloth with water. Wipe the granite's surface daily to remove dust, dirt, small particulates or spills you may not have noticed. Daily cleaning of granite will help to keep the surface looking brand-new.


To add a high-gloss shine to the granite, apply a shine enhancement suitable for granite surfaces. Wipe acidic substances such as lemon juice, soda or vinegar off the granite surface as soon as spills are detected.


Do not use common household cleanser on the granite surface. These common cleansers may contain abrasives or chemicals that could damage the granite by causing scratches and etching. Products that are acidic can eventually etch into the surface of the granite, causing fading and dull spots.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Stone cleaner
  • 2 clean cloths
  • Liquid granite polish
  • 2 chamois
  • Bowl
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • Granite sealer
  • Shine enhancement
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About the Author

Rachel Turner has been writing professionally since 2000, focusing on gardening and home improvement topics. Her articles have appeared online at SlowTravel and in publications such as the "Arkansas Gardeners," "One Step Ahead" and "Writers Now." Turner holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arkansas State University.