How can I get my dull bathroom floor tiles to shine!

by Patricia
My black galaxy starburst bathroom granite tiles look flat and dull - how do I give them the "wet look" shine?
  3 answers
  • William William on Feb 05, 2017

    Clean 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.

    • Pat Pat on Feb 06, 2017

      Interesting. When black granite countertops were installed where I work, the owner of the granite company told me to always use Windex to clean them -- nothing but Windex. Six years later after being cleaned with Windex weekly, they are still as shiny as they day they were installed. I would have thought a special granite cleaner would have to be used. But no -- just Windex.

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 05, 2017

    And, 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.

  • Brandi Lynn Brandi Lynn on Feb 18, 2017

    I 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 gloss