Granite is one of the most used materials for floors, kitchen or bathroom countertops and also for exterior walls. This is a durable, yet delicate material that requires care and maintenance. However, there are people who believe that to clean it you have to use strong and abrasive materials to achieve optimal results, but the bad news is that over time the granite will deteriorate and become opaque and if you use products that are too abrasive or with too often this process will be faster.
How to clean a granite countertop step by step
Before polishing granite , it is advisable to clean it well so that polishing is easier and more effective. The idea of cleaning granite in the kitchen is to do it gently, without using materials or solvents that, in one way or another, will damage it. Here are the materials used and we will explain step by step how to clean granite countertops without causing damage:
- Soft sponge or microfiber or cotton cloths.
- Latex or rubber gloves.
Steps to clean granite kitchen countertops
- Put on gloves to start cleaning.
- Dissolve a cup of detergent in half a liter of water, which is at room temperature.
- Stir until you get enough lather and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
- Spray the entire countertop or counter until well soaked.
- With the microfiber cloth or a sponge, proceed to scrub the area very gently to remove all the remains of food and dirt.
- Clean the cloth and squeeze it so that it remains damp but without residues or, go on to use another cloth soaked in plain water, to wipe it on the countertop and thus remove the soap residue and avoid that the surface is somewhat dirty and opaque.
- Take a dry cloth and wipe the surface one last time to make it completely dry. This way you will get a clean and shiny finish.
- If you find a stain that is difficult to remove, spray warm water diluted with soap on the stain and wait a couple of minutes for the stain to soften.
- Wipe with the microfiber cloth or sponge to remove the stain.
- Re-spray the area with cold water and wipe as dry as possible to finish removing residue, drying, and giving the countertop some shine. It is done! Now you can go on to polish the kitchen granite without problems.
How to polish a granite countertop step by step
Now that you have cleaned it well, are you wondering how to polish the granite in the kitchen ? If the countertops or granite countertops in the kitchen and bathroom are not given frequent cleaning and periodic maintenance that includes polishing, they lose their shine, becoming more opaque every day. Therefore, below, we are going to explain how to polish a granite countertop step by step :
- 1/2 teaspoon of Vaseline.
- 1 tablespoon of white vinegar.
- Kitchen or absorbent paper.
- Polishing cloth.
- A little liquid detergent.
- Microfiber or cotton cloths.
- Rubber or latex gloves.
Steps to polish a granite countertop
- Put on your gloves and clean the counter with liquid detergent diluted in water.
- Spray the entire surface with this mixture and then wipe it off with the cloth.
- Wipe the countertop with a dry cloth to make it dry.
- Mix half a teaspoon of petroleum jelly with a tablespoon of white vinegar.
- Dilute this mixture in a quarter of a liter of water.
- Spray the entire counter with this preparation.
- Try to spread the mixture with kitchen paper over the entire counter.
- Wait about 2 minutes for the mixture to work.
- Rub the countertop with kitchen paper or a polishing cloth in small circles until the original shine of the granite is visible. Ready!
How to polish a granite floor – steps
It often happens that, after several years, the granite floor loses its natural shine, either due to constant use, improper cleaning or because it has many old layers of polishing wax. To polish a granite floor, we recommend using the ingredients listed below and performing the following steps:
- Rubber gloves.
- Removes wax from your favorite brand. This product is a stripper that will remove layers of wax and accumulated grease.
- Specific polishing wax for granite floors.
- Thread mop or electric polisher.
Steps to polish a granite floor
- Pour the wax remover into a bucket with a liter of water. This step is only necessary if the floor you are polishing has many old layers of wax and looks dull from it.
- Take a mop or mop and dip it in the mixture.
- Drain it and scrub the floor evenly and vigorously.
- Let it dry and if stains remain, add undiluted wax remover to the most stained area.
- After the product has worked, wipe the floor with the mop or mop but now only with water to completely remove residue.
- Make sure the soil is completely dry. To do this, wipe the entire surface with a dry cloth and now that it is clean and free of debris, you can go on to polish the granite.
- Pour the granite polish wax into a bucket without water.
- Apply it over the entire surface evenly with a thread mop.
- Let it act for about 5 minutes and pass the polishing thread mop or an electric polisher again, taking the necessary precautions to use this machine.
- For a better shine, apply another coat of wax within an hour of the first application and repeat the last steps.
How to polish granite on exterior walls
Because it is a material of high hardness and durability, it is very common to see granite walls outdoors, such as near a swimming pool or in gardens or as the facades of commercial premises and residential buildings. However, this granite will be exposed to the weather and to the use or friction of people in the lower parts, showing clear wear over time, which will make it look dull. Therefore, in OneHOWTO, we will explain how to polish granite from the wall step by step :
- Hydrojet (pressurized water machine) or hose with strong water pressure.
- Large bucket.
- Stiff, thick bristle broom.
- Scaffold if the area to be cleaned is elevated.
- Rubber or latex gloves.
- Protection glasses.
- Gloss wax for granite.
- Polishing thread mop.
Steps to polish granite walls
- Put on your rubber gloves and goggles.
- Prepare a mixture of detergent, degreaser and warm water in a large bucket.
- Connect the hydrojet or hose and start washing the granite wall with water.
- With the broom soaked in the mixture, clean the granite wall using strong vertical movements to remove all the dirt.
- Use the hydrojet or hose to remove all the applied detergent.
- Wait for the granite wall to dry.
- If necessary, mount the scaffold to reach the maximum height of the wall.
- Apply a layer of wax to shine with the thread mop all over the wall and wait about 10 minutes for it to work.
- Run the mop across the wall again evenly to finish the shine.
- Wait for an hour and if you want a shinier shine, repeat the last steps.