What Product Is Best for Polishing Granite Countertops?

Granite countertops are a stylish, sleek alternative to traditional tile, Corian or Formica.
Granite for countertops comes in various colors.Granite for countertops comes in various colors.
Granite, a natural stone product, is only slightly porous, so it won’t absorb spills as readily as other stone countertops. Spills should still be cleaned immediately with a damp sponge. Your granite countertop may periodically require polishing to revive its natural shine. The best product for polishing the granite countertop is a commercial polish labeled specifically for granite, available at big box home stores and at large grocery stores. Polishing the granite countertop with the proper products is easy.

Step 1

Clean the granite countertop with a granite cleaner, according to package directions. Although you can use a mild soap in water, the soap may leave streaks. If you use soapy water, be sure to rinse the soap and water residue off the countertop with a new sponge or rag dipped in clean water.

Step 2

Allow the countertop to dry completely.

Step 3

Spray a light layer of granite polish evenly over the surface of the countertop.

Step 4

Buff the granite countertop with a clean white cloth. Use circular motions until all of the polish has been absorbed. If there is streaking on the countertop during the process, stop buffing for a few minutes and then buff again.

Things You Will Need

  • Granite cleaner
  • Sponges or rags
  • Granite polish
  • Soft white cloth

About the Author

Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.