How do I refinish my granite?

by Kat

The granite is just not shiny. Actually looks like it may have been "seconds"

  6 answers
  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Dec 10, 2019

    It needs to be cleaned and then re-sealed with a non-yellowing granite sealer.

    since it is a natural product, the “seconds” are which: in the finish or the grain?

    if you want to polish it, buy a Dual Action “DA” from Harbor Freight for$50 and different grades of polishing compound. This is messy work, but the DA will be very useful over the years.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Dec 10, 2019

    could your granite be honed instead of polished? that is a trend that people used for a while. Also if you use windex or anything with ammonia or alcohol in it to clean your granite it will take the polished shine off.

  • SawHorse Design Build SawHorse Design Build on Dec 10, 2019

    Can you share an image of the stone? I can make some product suggestions for you.

  • 48017673 48017673 on Dec 10, 2019

    I’ve read that you have to use granite cleaner or Pure rubbing alcohol or you can take the shine off.

  • William William on Dec 11, 2019

    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 countertops. Not a good thing. Granite countertops also don’t like it when you use something like Windex on them because it strips the “seal” off of the stone.

    If you are trying to remove an old stain, create a dense paste of more baking soda and less water. Then place the paste over the stain, allowing it to function for a few minutes. After that wipe off the baking soda paste. If it is needed you can repeat the procedure until the stain vanishes.

    Apparently there are some very nice countertop/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 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 countertops a nice, clean shine. Works on appliances too! All at a FRACTION of the price of the store-bought stuff.

  • Jeremy Hoffpauir Jeremy Hoffpauir on Dec 28, 2019

    This should bring back the shine to your countertops: :

    Hope this Helps! Jeremy -