Granite is a premium building material that stands out for its long-lasting beauty. When installed as countertops or flooring, granite provides distinction few other materials are able to.
However, in time, the gorgeous finish on granite will become worn, dulled and scratched. The stone must be polished to give it a new surface and restore the brilliant gleam.
Granite Polishing Options and Techniques
Granite can be polished with dry or wet material. Professionals are divided on the issue of which is better. Both techniques can be effective. Consider these pros and cons of wet granite polishing vs dry granite polishing:
· Dry granite polishing powder costs less than paste
· Powder granite polish can be used dry or wet, so it is more versatile
· Wet polishing creates a lot of spray when used with power tools, so wearing water-resistant clothing will protect you, and plastic sheeting should be used to protect walls, furniture and cabinets
· Wet polishing cools the pads which prevents them from becoming excessively hot and wearing out faster than they should
· Wet polishing pads are less expensive than dry pads
Granite polishing powder: Also called stone polishing compound, powder offers a quick and easy way to put a fresh gleam on granite while removing minor scratches and stains. If using it dry, choose a buff polishing pad to work the polish over the surface of the granite in a steady, circular pattern. When you prefer using granite polish wet, the best tool is a muslin wheel.
Granite polishing cream: Most granite cream polish is designed specifically for countertops. It contains the type of light abrasives best suited to the rich stone used to manufacture premium finished granite.
Once you’ve put a fresh polish on your granite surfaces, they need to be sealed. This will maintain the gleam while protecting the porous stone from stains.
Polish, seal and protect your granite countertops, and they’ll provide you with durable beauty for decades to come.