You installed granite counters in your home because you want the sleek elegance that the counters bring to the table. Unfortunately, with time, acidic substances etch the countertop surfaces causing them to appear dull and faded.
Faded countertop surfaces can’t give your home the elegant appeal you have been working hard for, can they? Fortunately, you can restore the shine of your countertops and bring back the lost glory. Wondering how to bring back shine to granite countertops? Here is how to do it:
Use dish soap and other soap-based cleaners
If your countertops’ dullness is due to a buildup of soap film, you can easily get rid of the buildup using dish soap and other soap related cleaners. The soap will also remove stains brought about by hard water.
Use polishing powder
Do your countertops have grease stains or mild etching from acids in foods? These stains are tough to remove, so to remove them you need a tougher material such as polishing powder.
Buy a polishing powder designed for natural stone countertops, then mix it with water to make a paste. You should then apply it to the problematic areas using a soft cloth.
Some powders might need to be left on the counters overnight, so follow the instructions keenly. While these powders are effective at getting rid of the stains, be cautious when using them as many of them have been shown to damage granite counters.
Treat with acetone
If you don’t want to use the polishing powder due to its etching capabilities, use acetone to get rid of oil, grease, soap scum, and other thicker residues.
Use a soft cloth to apply the acetone to the dull areas. Since acetone works as a solvent, it’s highly effective at dissolving the thick greasy stains leaving you with shiny countertops you will be proud of for a long time.
After scrubbing the countertops with acetone, rinse the surfaces with warm water.
Reseal the countertops
It’s common for the countertops to lose their shine when the sealer coat is etched. If the surface of the stone underneath is still in good condition, you can easily bring back the shine by resealing the countertops.
For best results, use a sealing product recommended by the installer or manufacturer. Also, remember to clean the surfaces before applying the sealer.
After cleaning the surfaces, use a rag or spray bottle to apply the sealer on the surfaces, giving them an even coat. After the sealer has dried, apply another coat to provide more effective protection for your countertops.
Refinish the countertops
If your countertops are badly faded, chances are they are deeply etched from acidic substances. To remove the etched surfaces, refinish or re-polish the faded areas. Since granite is hard, you need specialized equipment such as a grinder or stone polisher to achieve this.
Unless you have the necessary skills, let an expert handle the work.
Keep the shine
Once you have restored the countertops, work at keeping the shine. One way to do this is to ensure you don’t use any abrasive or acidic cleansers.
You should note these include household cleaners, so be ultra-cautious when using the cleaners. Before you use any cleaner on your surfaces, always confirm whether it’s acidic content and if high, don’t use it.
Keep acidic foods such as lemons, tomatoes, limes, and alcohol away from your countertops. If you have to place them there, ensure they are in a bag.
When spills happen, granite contractors, recommend you get rid of them as soon as possible. You should note that even water can get into the deeper layers of the stone and stain them when you allow it to stay on your surfaces for a long time, so regardless of what spills on the countertops, move with haste and get rid of it.
After cleaning the countertops, dry the surfaces thoroughly to ensure no water or cleaning product remains on the surfaces.
Finally, use coasters, hot pads, trivets, and cutting boards every time you are cutting anything on the countertops. This is to protect the surfaces from heat damage.