Homeowners often choose granite for their countertops, attracted to its elegant shine and diverse colors that complement any esthetic. When looking at kitchen upgrades, granite stands out as an excellent countertop option, seamlessly combining quality and style. 

You can keep granite looking new and maintain its shine by cleaning and sealing the surface. Keep reading to find out how.

Why Choose Granite Surfaces

With its gleaming finish and eye-catching colors, granite remains a top choice for countertops and other home surfaces. Here are some key reasons granite is a smart pick for many homeowners:

When properly sealed, durable granite resists stains from spills and stands up to heavy use for years.
The surface of granite withstands heat, making it ideal for kitchen countertops.
Granite has diverse natural patterns and colors for a unique look, as no two pieces are alike.
Granite countertops boost resale value because homebuyers appreciate their practicality and beauty.
Properly maintained, granite typically lasts the lifetime of a home.

Why Does Granite Shine?

Natural granite is an igneous rock formed from cooled lava. The composition of your granite countertops depends on where the stone formed and how long it took to cool. Many factors affect the color and pattern, making each piece of granite unique.

Granite shines naturally because polishing reveals the grains. Sealing the stone also enhances its glossy finish.

Maintaining Granite’s Shine

To keep granite shining like new, clean it regularly and seal it yearly. Sealing replaces the protective top layer that wears away over time. Use a specialty granite sealer, applying as directed.

In addition to annual sealing, clean your granite weekly to prevent dirt, oils, and grime from building up and dulling the shine. With proper cleaning and sealing, you can keep your granite looking pristine for years‌ to come.

How to Clean Granite to Make it Shine

To keep granite looking its best, avoid staining it with acidic foods or liquids. You should clean and reseal the countertop regularly. Here are the steps to making your granite shine:

What You’ll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap 
  • Soft cloth
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Plastic wrap (optional)
  • Razor blade and gloves (optional)
  • Sponge
  • Spray bottle
  • Water

You can clean granite with these household items. Specialized stone cleaners are optional. Avoid abrasive products that could dull the finish.

Steps to Follow

Before cleaning, prepare your workspace. Follow the steps in the dropdown tabs below:

First, remove everything from the countertops. This allows full access to clean the entire surface.

Use a soft sponge or cloth to wash the granite with warm, soapy water. Gently scrub in circles to lift dirt from pores. Target any stains that have set. Avoid abrasive pads that could scratch your granite.

Rinse thoroughly with clean water. Dry with a soft towel. Repeat for very dirty areas.

For stains that don’t budge, carefully scrape them with a razor blade while wearing gloves. Alternatively, make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply paste to the stain, cover with plastic wrap overnight, then scrub and rinse in the morning. 

Mix equal parts isopropyl alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution of alcohol and water on your counters to disinfect them. Wipe down countertops with a cloth to clean, disinfect, and prevent odors.

Once the counters are clean and dry, buff them with a soft cloth and a small amount of cooking oil or other food-safe oil. Buff in circles to enhance the polished shine.

Caring For Granite Surfaces

To keep granite surfaces looking their best:

  • Use cutting boards instead of cutting directly on granite to prevent damaging it.
  • Avoid exposing granite to acidic foods like citrus juices or vinegar that can etch its surface. Wipe up spills quickly.
  • Reseal granite yearly to maintain its shine and stain resistance. Granite is porous, and sealers wear off over time.
  • Quickly blot spills to prevent stains from setting in. Don’t let the liquid sit on the granite.
  • Promptly address any cracks, chips, or other damage to your granite.
Today’s Homeowner Tips

I recommend following a care routine to get the most out of your granite investment.

So, Is it Possible to Keep Granite Shining?

With the right maintenance, you can absolutely keep granite countertops shining with a like-new glossy finish. Gently cleaning regularly with non-abrasive solutions and sealing the stone yearly are key. Harsh cleaners and failing to seal are two main causes of dull granite. Follow simple steps for cleaning and sealing granite, and you can expect it to maintain its luxurious shine indefinitely. Cared for properly, granite is a sound investment that retains its value.

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FAQs About Making Granite Shine

How often should you clean granite counters?

Plan to clean granite countertops once a week. For heavily used countertops, clean them two to three times per week.

What is the best granite cleaner?

A mixture of mild dish soap and warm water works well for routine cleaning. Specialized stone cleaners are optional. Avoid acidic or abrasive products like vinegar or bleach.

Can you clean granite with vinegar?

No, vinegar is too acidic and can etch or dull the granite surface over time. Use only non-acidic cleaners.

What happens if granite isn't sealed?

If left unsealed, granite can become stained as the protective top layer wears off over time. Sealing it annually maintains stain resistance.

How long does granite sealer last?

Expect to reapply for quality sealer every year. High-traffic areas may need sealing more often.

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