How to Polish Granite Rock Yourself

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How to Polish Granite Rock Yourself
Buff granite rock with a non-abrasive polish. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Granite is a hard, volcanic rock widely used for kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplaces, flooring and garden ornaments. Heavy use or exposure to the elements and pollution will give granite a dull and dirty look over time. Granite rock is easy to maintain and clean, and you can polish it yourself with a little effort and a few special and basic household cleaners.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Soft cloths
  • Dish detergent
  • Bucket
  • Non-abrasive granite polish
  • Rubber gloves
  • Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  • Ceramic or glass bowl
  • Spray bottle

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  1. 1

    Fill a bowl or bucket with hot water and 2 to 3 squirts of dish detergent. Clean the granite rock surface with a clean, soft cloth dampened with the water and detergent mixture. Wipe off any residue and wait for the granite to dry.

  2. 2

    Pour a little non-abrasive granite polish onto a soft, dry cloth and apply the polish to the granite rock. Buff the polish into the rock using a circular motion. Continue buffing until the polish has vanished.

  3. 3

    Put on rubber gloves. Mix one part isopropyl rubbing alcohol with three parts water in a glass or ceramic bowl. Add a few drops of dish detergent to the solution. Pour the cleaning solution into a spray bottle.

  4. 4

    Spray the solution over the granite rock. Rub the solution into the rock with a soft, clean cloth. Continue rubbing until the granite rock surface is glossy and sparkling.

Tips and warnings

  • Polish the granite rock surface using slight rubbing movements for the best results.
  • Buff the granite rock once a month with non-abrasive polish to maintain its lustre.
  • Wear rubber gloves while mixing and using the alcohol-based cleaning solution.

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