How to Touch up Granite Countertops

Even though granite is an extremely hard and resilient stone, granite counter tops can still become worn or dull over time, especially around areas of the counter that are used a lot.

With the right tools, worn and even slightly dented or scratched granite counter tops can be touched up with a relatively simple polishing job.

Thoroughly clean and dry the countertop.

Put on rubber gloves.

Repair chips with granite epoxy resin.

Use acetone to clean any hard, sticky dried substances like glue or epoxy or to remove ink marks.

Remove stains with non-citrus-based liquid dish soap and a steel wool pad and/or with a paste made from liquid dish soap and flour. Soak tough stains by covering them with the paste and letting that sit for several hours. Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia are also helpful in removing stains and can be used in the paste instead of dish soap.

Buff deep scratches down by lightly scouring them with a fine abrasion, diamond particle buff pad. An electric, orbital buffer can be used. Work the area until it looks polished again.

Apply non-abrasive granite polish and buff the counter with a soft, clean cloth.

Seal and shine the countertop with a solution of either rubbing alcohol and a few drops of non-citrus-based liquid dish soap or a solution of warm water and baking soda. Apply the solution with a spray bottle, wipe it with a sponge and continue to buff. A store-bought granite sealer can also be used. Follow the manufacturers instructions for how to apply.

Things You Will Need

  • Non-abrasive granite polish
  • Granite epoxy
  • Acetone
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Baking soda
  • Rubber gloves
  • Soft cloth
  • Sponge
  • Buffing pad
  • Steel wool pad
  • Liquid dish soap

Warning

  • Vinegar or citrus based cleaners cannot be used on granite as the acids can eat away at and permanently damage the stone. For this same reason, citrus juice or vinegar spills should also be promptly cleaned up.

About the Author

Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.