My Granite is Not Shiny Anymore…What do I do?

Suggested Maintenance Procedures for Cleaning Granite Countertops

By Torin Dixon 

Most issues with cleaning and maintaining granite and marble surfaces come from using the wrong cleaning products. Many products that claim to “Clean & Protect” granite actually develop a buildup that covers up the natural shine of granite. Think of granite like a fine gemstone. If a diamond is covered with lotion, dirt or oils it will not sparkle. Cleaning a diamond with the proper cleaning solution will strip away elements that block the natural brilliance and luster. With this example, it is important to keep your granite surfaces clean to enjoy the natural polished finish. When properly maintained, your granite will remain clean and have a brilliant shine for decades.

What Not to Do
  • Do not use a “Granite Polish” that you find at the grocery or hardware store. These products are typically made by national brands and not formulated for the various types of natural stone.
  • Do not use Pledge or other furniture polish. These will build up and become greasy to the touch on granite.
  • Do not use harsh chemicals or high alkaline cleaners – they can strip off sealers or impregnators.
What To Do 
DAILY
  • Do use a professional grade daily maintenance cleaner like HMK P24 Liquid Stone Soap Concentrate.
    • Mix one capful of P24 with 24oz. water in a spray bottle, shake to mix solution.
    • Spray counters liberally and wipe with a clean and dry cotton towel or Microfiber cloth
    • Buff dry to a brilliant shine.
  • Do not mix to a stronger solution, as it can produce a build up over time.
SEMI-ANNUALLY
  • Deep Clean Granite and Marble surfaces twice per year to remove any residual grease, oils, and product build up.
  • Mix HMK R55 Intensive Cleaner in a small bucket or pail. Mix 1-Part R55 to 5-Parts clean warm water.
  • Apply with a scrubbing sponge or medium stiff scrub brush. Agitate on area for 5 minutes and allow to dwell for 10 minutes.
  • Scrub area again for 5 minutes.
  • Soak up solution with a sponge or cloth and rinse VERY well.
  • Rinse again.
  • Buff Dry to a clean crisp shine.
ANNUALLY
  • Protect granite by applying a Professional Grade Stone Impregnator like HMK S34 Silicone Impregnator
  • Apply to small area (approximately 6-8 square feet) with a paint brush coating evenly and liberally
  • Allow to penetrate for 15 minutes. Do not allow to dry on surface. If soaking in, apply more product.
  • After 15 minutes of dwell time, buff off all product using a clean white cotton cloth or Microfiber cloth.
  • Buff to a complete dry shine, removing all product. You may have to fold cloth to dry area to absorb all product
  • Buffing off all excess product will prevent streaking. If you experience any streaks, apply a small amount of S34 and immediately buff off to a clean shine.
  • Allow to cure for 12-24 hours before cleaning surface.
  • Once cured, clean area with P24 diluted solution as per Daily cleaning instructions above.

Following these procedures and using Professional Grade Stone Care Products from HMK-StoneCare will Clean, Protect, and Maintain your stone for many years, and protect your investment.

If you have any questions about Natural Stone Maintenance, please call StoneCareOnline at 800-380-6881

 

About Torin Dixon

StoneCareOnline Expert Blog is managed by Torin Dixon who is an expert in natural stone importing, distribution, fabrication, installation and maintenance of all natural stone surfaces regardless of finish or texture. We are here to assist you in your StoneCare needs.
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2 Responses to My Granite is Not Shiny Anymore…What do I do?

  1. Michael Skora says:

    Michael Skora – Toronto, Ontario Canada

    January 30th, 2014

    I have been using HMK products to clean and maintain marble surfaces in my home for almost 35 years. The surfaces I am maintaining with these products are largely floors – Travertine, Botticino Classico and Rose of Portugal agglomerate. Each marble typoe has slightly different properties and all 3 types clean and polish up equally well – the results are excellent and to-date I have found no other substitute product that provides the same level of satisfaction,

    My floor maintenance regime is as follows:

    A light sweeping or mopping of the surface
    A quick water-only damp cloth wipe down
    A diluted application of HMK 24 (Liquid Stone Soap) is the next step – this is normally adequate for regular cleaning – it works very well on all stone floor surfaces and I get particularly good results in the bath rooms – shower surfaces included.
    Once every 4- 6 weeks, I consider using HMK 19 Marble and Granite Polish.
    This product is the best polish I have yet discovered because it buffs up beautifully and does not result in a particularly “slippery” surface which I find is most often the case with other polishes – an overly slick surface is very dangerous on any floor surface.
    To achieve the very best result with HMK 19 Marble and Granite Polish if I have found the following application tips work best:
    Clean up first with P24
    Apply P19 very sparingly mixed with water at the recommended dilution rate of 1:20 – even greater dilution for on-going maintenance.
    Notwithstanding the container instructions to let dry for 50 – 60 minutes, I have found that good results are achieved if product is sparingly applied and wiped clean within 5 minutes to maintain a good polished look
    Hand wiping (circular motion) gives good polishing results but I find the best results are achieved with a floor polishing Machine(domestic). The lambs wool buffing pads result in “second to known” luster that is easily maintained for weeks with regular P24 leaning and periodic P19 touch ups.
    The critical factor I have found is not to “over-apply” the P19 product as if it is applied to thickly it is rather difficult to polish out smoothly without streaking.
    For more challenging circumstances I would even recommend (based on my experience) that it is better to apply P19 sparingly repeatedly rather than apply one thick coating. Your patience will be rewarded.

    I am very pleased with the HMK P24 and P19 products which to my regret are no longer readily available in Canada. But thanks to the staff at StoneCareOnline, I am once again able to access this product through their website.

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