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How Is Granite Polished

Granite is a commonly utilized material for kitchen countertops, window frames, flooring, and bathrooms. It is popularly used to give a luxurious look to your home. Granite comes in many colors, shapes, and sizes that can improve the style of a room. However, granite can sometimes lose its shine or become coarse or non-shiny color. Polishing granite will decrease fingerprints and make routine cleaning simple. A few simple steps will give an easy solution for polishing granite.

Steps to Polishing Granite

1.    Cleaning Soiled Granite
2.    Removing Stains from Granite
3.    Polishing Granite
4.    Applying Sealer to Granite
5.    And ultimately, keeping Granite Clean
Polishing the edges of a granite stone countertop can be completely effortful task and requires a delicate touch. If you want to give it a try, you will need to use a grinder or stone polisher equipped with different grit diamond pads which you can rent them at tool rental centers. The pads start at 50 grit and go up to about 3000 and more. If your granite has already been partially polished, lower grits might be skipped.
Make sure to wear the proper safety equipment including a dust mask, safety glasses or goggles, and ear protection.
You can polish slabs of granite by special machines that use either large metal discs or scratchy bricks made of silicon carbide. The polishing process produces a sparkling gloss and a finish as smooth as glass.
If you've ever seen a freshly buffed, polished and sealed granite countertop, certainly you know that it looks like the most indestructible thing you have ever seen. Indeed, while granite is a tough, hardy material for countertops, the surface has to be regularly polished to become shiny, and occasionally has to be buffed and re-sealed to take out scratches and to prevent stains. Talk with your countertop installer about where to get the right products, and carefully follow all of his instructions.
For customary maintenance polishing of a granite countertop that has been properly sealed and isn't damaged or scratched, begin your work with cleaning the countertop with a mild household cleanser or diluted dish soap. Wash it well with water. Then mix a 50-50 solution of rubbing alcohol and warm water and put it in the regular spray bottle. Working in sections, spray the solution generously onto the countertop and immediately and quickly work the surface in swift circular motions with a clean cloth.

Buffing the granite

Buy or rent a hand-held power granite buffer for buffing granite countertops with scratches or other damage to the surface (or which weren't initially ground down and buffed). It will have a rotating pad to which you stick diamond-grit paper. Get a range of grit stones, starting at 50 grit, which is rough, and going up to 3,000 grit, which is very fine. The heavier grits take out the scratches, while the finer grits smooth and buff the shine will come back into the surface. Follow the instructions carefully. Regularly, you'll apply water or a pre-mixed solution to the granite; buff it gently with one grit level, wash or rinse, then repeat with a finer grit level. These steps follow up by sealing and polishing.
Granite stone is porous means full of pores in its natural mode, meaning it can absorb moisture and stains, so it's important for it to be sealed for use on countertops in any kitchen. After buffing step and before polishing level, apply a granite sealant from your home improvement store. Generally, it will be a spray solution that you apply to one section at a time, let sit so it can pass into the stone, and then wipe it with a dry cloth.
Polishing the granite countertop is done in multi stages;beginning with a very rough course diamond polishing pad the granite starts the first stage of polishing. As the first stage is complete the process is repeated using a less course diamond polishing pad and repeated a number of times using finer grade pads. Once individual cutouts are made from your granite worktops the process is continued again but this time it is done by hand to achieve the desired result. Sets of polishing pads are available to buy which can be joined to regular hand drills to allow polishing of your own granite by yourself.

Keeping Granite Clean

Granite can add value and beauty to any kitchen in any home. It is stylish and improves the appearance and looks of a place. You can follow some general rules to keep granite looking shiny and new without any scratch:
1.    Always use coasters under cups and glasses to prevent stains of the coffee or tea on the granite surface.
2.    Avoid sitting citrus or alcohol products on granite, as they will dull and rust the surface.
3.    Never use household cleaners on granite because they will make it stained.
4.    Avoid placing hot pots and pans directly on granite, because the heat could stain the surface.