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
- Non-abrasive granite polish
- Rubber gloves
- Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
- Ceramic or glass bowl
- Spray bottle
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.
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.
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.
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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