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  • 9/22/2020 11:10 PM

Update: Polishing your granite

If you have invested in granite for your home you know that it is important to keep it in the best shape possible, so it will last you a long time. You want to be sure you are cleaning it correctly and using the right products on it. In addition, you want to be sure that you are sealing when necessary. Another factor to consider when you have granite countertops is polishing. When should you polish, what are your options and what does that mean for your stone? 

There are two ways in which homeowners can try buffing granite. A wet material or dry material can be used. There is a divide on which method is better because both methods can work well. Let's look at some of the benefits and downfalls of wet versus dry polishing.

  • Dry polishing powder is less expensive than paste.
  • Powder polish is more versatile because it can be used dry or wet.
  • Wearing water resistant clothes and placing plastic sheeting on furniture, cabinets, and walls is important when using wet polish because the process creates excess spray when used with power tools which can cause damage to surrounding materials.
  • Wet polishing keeps the pads cool which prevents them from becoming too hot and wearing down too fast.
  • Wet polishing pads cost less than dry pads.

It is advised to check with the manufacturer of the granite countertops or flooring to see which method of polishing is best for your product.

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 create a shiny surface. Use a buffing granite polishing pad on the surface in a consistent circular pattern when using dry polishing powder. If you prefer to use the powder wet then it is 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 is suggested to 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 matches it best.

Granite polishing creams are typically designed for use on countertops. Due to the type of light abrasives in the cream, it is best used on rich stone to create a premium grade finish. Many professionals use a hog’s hair pad or similar material for buffing granite with polishing creams.

While it is advised you call a skilled professional for buffing granite many people do polish their own granite. One main reason this is possible 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. However, using a skilled professional guarantees excellent results.

If you are interested in adding natural stone to your home, office or retail space, contact us at GMS Werks and we would love to help you add granite countertops and create the space you’ve always dreamed of!

We have been meeting the needs of both residential and commercial customers for over 90 years.