When it comes to countertop materials, granite stands out above the rest for its quality, durability, clean look and everlasting beauty. But for all these characteristics to stay this way, the granite needs to be maintained and cared for. This is because over time the lovely finish on granite counter surfaces will wear and become dull, splotched and scratched—all signs of regular use. The good news is that simply polishing the stone surface can give it some new shine, restoring its trademark luster. Whether you’ve recently installed new granite countertops or already have them, questions about maintenance are likely to come up at some point.
Get ready to enjoy your beautiful stone counters now for years to come! Here’s a guide to polishing kitchen and bathroom granite countertops in Northern Minnesota.
Granite polishing and how often it’s required
There’s a difference between wiping down the surface of your counters at the end of the day and polishing them. To “polish” granite does not just mean “to clean.” Polishing, in this context, refers to giving the granite an entirely new surface. Polishing actually removes a small layer of granite every time it’s done, but that’s perfectly fine since the layer that’s removed is scratched, stained and dull. The result is a fresh, smooth stone surface.
How often you should polish your granite countertops depends wholly on their appearance. On average and depending on the amount of use they get, most granite surfaces require polishing every five to 15 years. Once granite has been polished, it must be sealed. Sealing protects the stone from stains and other harm.
Polishing techniques and options
You have a couple options in regards to granite polishing materials: wet or dry. Both are effective methods, but granite professionals are divided on which option is the better one. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific countertop. Here are some factors to take into account when determining the best approach:
- Using granite polishing powder (also known as stone polishing compound) is a quick and easy process that brings the gleam back to granite by removing minor stains and scratches. Use a buff polishing pad when using dry powder to work the polish over the surface in a controlled, circular pattern.
- Dry granite polishing powder costs less than paste and can be used dry or wet, making it more versatile.
- Most granite polishing cream is made for countertops. It has light abrasives that are suitable to move over the rich stone used to make your premium finished granite counters.
- Wet polishing used with power tools produces a lot of spray. The person applying it will have to wear protective water-resistant clothing. Nearby furnishings and structural features will need to be covered in plastic sheeting.
- Finally, wet polishing pads are less expensive than dry pads. This technique cools the pads, preventing them from overheating and wearing out quickly.
If you are in the market for new kitchen or bathroom granite countertops in Northern Minnesota, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at L & L Granite Countertops for more information!