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How to Make Granite Countertops Look Smooth and Shiny

Grand Rapids Flooring

After spending all that money for granite countertop installation, we understand that you want to maintain its natural beauty for as long as possible. Below, you will find our easy-to-follow tips for how to make your granite countertops look smooth and shiny. Getting into a regular granite countertop maintenance routine will help your countertops keep their glossy shine for years to come.

Preventative Care for Granite Countertops

The best way to keep your new granite countertops looking nice is to make sure you are taking precautions against spills, stains, and scratches. The kitchen can be a messy place, which is why it’s important you know what you can do to protect your latest investment.

Following these tips should help you preserve the look of your granite counters.

  • Clean spills immediately.
  • Use coasters.
  • Cut vegetables and other food items on cutting boards.
  • Don’t place hot pots and pans directly on countertop surface.

Cleaning Granite

Before you polish and seal your granite countertops, be sure that the surface is entirely clean. A knowledgeable granite installation company might even be able to recommend a reliable cleaning product after they install your stone kitchen countertop.

Never use cleaning products containing ammonia, vinegar, or citrus on your granite countertops. These high acidic cleaners will dull the surface of your new granite countertop. Buy a cleaner specifically designed to clean granite surfaces.

To clean your granite countertops, spray or mist the cleaner across the entire surface and let it sit for a minute. (Be sure to check the specific instructions for the cleaner you’re using.) Wipe with a soft cloth afterwards until surface is dry.

Polishing Granite

Polishing your granite countertop is extremely similar to cleaning it. However, this time you will let the polish sit for 3 to 4 minutes before wiping it up. Keep buffing with a soft cotton cloth until there are no streaks left. You should be left with gleaming granite countertops when you’re done.

Sealing Granite

A granite surface that has been properly sealed will be able to slow the seepage of stains. To test if your granite counter needs sealing, pour a little bit of water on the surface. It’s a good sign if the water immediately beads up on the surface. This means that you won’t need to seal your granite countertops just yet.

However, if water quickly seeps into your countertop, you will need to start sealing the granite once it completely dries. It’s a good idea to test the granite sealer in an area that isn’t incredibly noticeable before applying it to your entire countertop. We recommend you work in small sections so that you don’t spray the same area more than once. You will need to wipe the countertop surface with a soft cotton cloth for 3 to 5 minutes until dry.

If you are interested in our granite countertop installation service, please feel free to give us a call at (616) 458-4806. The Grand Rapids granite countertop installers at Complete Flooring & Interiors are dedicated toward helping you make your kitchen dreams a reality!