How to Polish a Granite Countertop

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • $10-110
What You'll Need
Non-abrasive cloths
Paper towels
Granite cleaner
Gentle liquid soap
Granite-safe stone polish
Warm water
Baking soda
Small bowl
Empty spray bottle

Granite countertops are expensive, so the last thing you want to see on your countertops are scratches and scuffs. However, you shouldn't worry. Granite is actually one of the easiest stones to polish. With the aid of a few household tools and some time, you can polish your countertop to be smooth again in no time.

Step 1 – Clean Your Countertop

Before polishing your granite countertop, you should thoroughly clean it to remove any caked-on grime. Spray the surface with a granite cleaner and wipe down the countertop with a soft sponge or non-abrasive washcloth. Dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.

Making Your Own Cleaner

Alternatively, you can make your own cleaning solution to use by combining an all-natural liquid soap and warm water. Put a few squirts of soap in an empty spray bottle, and fill the rest with water. Then, seal and shake the bottle, and use this mixture to clean your countertop by following the directions above.

Step 2 – Use a Polish

Using a Store-Bought Polish

Purchase a granite-polishing product to use on your countertop. Make sure that your product is granite-safe, as some stone polishes are too acidic or abrasive for granite. Apply the polish to your countertop by using the directions provided on the packaging. Then, use a clean, non-abrasive cloth to buff your countertop, using broad, circular motions. Rinse the polish off according to the directions.

Making and Using Your Own Polish

Make your own polish with baking soda and warm water. In a small bowl, combine 3 cups of warm water with 1/4 cup baking soda. Lightly stir the ingredients. Then, use a paper towel or cloth to spread the polish across the countertop. Use a clean cloth to buff the surface, and then rinse off any remaining traces of polish with a clean, damp cloth and warm water.

In addition to polishing your countertop, ensure you granite stays looking new by taking good care of it. For instance, always using cutting boards, coasters, and hot pads on your countertop.