How can I get my dull bathroom floor tiles to shine!
William on Feb 05, 2017Clean the granite! Marble, granite, and stone do NOT like having acidic (ie: citrus-based) cleaners used on them. Citrus or vinegar will actually cause “etching” on granite. Not a good thing. Granite also doesn’t like it when you use something like Windex on them because it strips the “seal” off of the stone. *****Apparently there are some very nice granite cleaners out there that do a great job…but $7.00 for a 12-ounce bottle? YOU can do better than that! :-) ***** After researching several homemade options out there…I discovered they all had the same basic ingredients…just in varying amounts. Some had a LOT of alcohol in them…some very little. I think the following “recipe” has a good balance of the ingredients, based on the information I read. ***** Homemade Granite Cleaner, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol (or cheap vodka), 3 drops of Dawn dish soap or other dish soap (Castile soap would also be a good alternative if you prefer), Water, 5-10 drops essential oil (optional – to help mask the alcohol smell). ***** Put the rubbing alcohol or vodka into a 16 oz spray bottle. Add the dish soap, essential oil and fill up the rest of the bottle with water.Now give it a few shakes….THEN give it a try! It should give your granite a nice, clean shine. Works on appliances too! All at a FRACTION of the price of the store-bought stuff.To polish granite to achieve the greatest shine. Keep granite clean with store-bought stone polishers. Read the label to ensure the product is specific to granite and safe to use on its surface. For a natural granite polish, mix one-quarter cup baking soda with 3 cups water. Apply, wipe thoroughly, and polish with a chamois.For another at-home polish, combine 1 cup rubbing alcohol, 3 cups water, and several drops of Dawn dish soap. As with any polish, apply, wipe off, and polish with a soft cloth or chamois. Carefully consider whether your granite tiles need a sealant. Some darker granite and types of black granite won't require it. Apply a sealer on granite as an extra layer of protection against stains. Finally, establish a daily cleaning routine for your granite tiles.Helpful Reply
Hillela G. on Feb 05, 2017And, from experience I've learned- stay away from cleaners with acid. I love using vinegar in most situations but this is not the time for that, acid based cleaners will etch and damage your tiles.Helpful Reply
Brandi Lynn on Feb 18, 2017I found a "gloss" to recoat a headstone that has dulled over the years - im not sure if its marble or granite but it works great and the label listed a variety of materials It's called "GEL-GLOSS" One step Cleaner and Gloss......TR Industries in South gate,ca makes it, pinl tin/aluminum container (reminds me of a liter fluid container). Try it! be careful though it says it could be slippery and not to use where it could be hazardous - I myself would rather have the gloss I want. No precleaning other then loose dirt. Enjoy your new glossHelpful Reply
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