Natural-stone surfaces always look better after they have been polished. In the case of granite, this is a stone that looks especially pristine after receiving a polished finish when installed as countertops, vertical panels, and decorative backsplashes.
There are two ways to polish granite. Both wet and dry materials can be used. There is a divide on which method is better because both methods work well. Let's look at some of the benefits and downfalls of wet versus dry polishing.
Granite polishing powder is also called stone polishing compound. Powder allows the removal of minor scratches and stains while providing a quick and simple way to polish granite and create a shiny surface. Use a buff polishing pad on the surface in a consistent circular pattern. If you prefer to use the powder wet, then it’s advised to use a muslin wheel.
There are many different compounds available for both new and used granite surfaces. When trying to choose a compound it’s suggested consumers take the primary color of the stone into consideration. There are light and dark tones available, so the primary color should be matched to whichever tone best fits.
Polishing creams are typically designed for use on Granite countertops. Due to the type of light abrasives in the cream, it’s best used on rich stone to create a premium grade finish to polish granite. Many professionals use a hog’s hair pad or similar material for buffing with polishing creams.
While it is advised to use a skilled professional to polish granite if you are not experienced, though many people do polish their own granite.
One main reason homeowners are able to polish granite on their own, is due to the various premium quality polishing products available on the market. When instructions are followed correctly, the result should look like the work of a skilled professional. This is process of doing it yourself is also appealing to consumers due to how much it can cost a professional for their labor.