How Often Should Granite be “Polished”

Diane F. from Columbus, OH asks:

How often do you recommend polishing my granite and the product you recommend? I’m just trying to get all the info from different companies.


Hi Diane,

The term “polishing” often has different meanings to different people based on the condition of their stone.
Granite is polished in the factory much like a gem stone, using abrasives in progressively finer and finer grits until it reflects light, being “polished”.
When people complain that their granite does not look “polished”, they generally mean it appears dull. Most granite will not lose the polish with normal use, meaning the polish will not wear away. Rather, the dullness is often caused by build up of cleaning and polishing products that cause a film or haze to form on the surface. To remedy these types of issues I suggest the following:
Remove existing product with a deep cleaner like HMK R55 Intensive Cleaner.
Once cleaned, we suggest that your granite be sealed with a professional grade impregnator. We offer HMK S34 Silicone Impregnator.
Once sealed, if you wish to add a bit more “sparkle” then a polishing paste may be used on a very occasional basis. We offer HMK P21 Polishing Paste.
For Daily Cleaning we suggest using our concentrated pH neutral cleaner. HMK P24, one capful in a 16oz. spray bottle mixed with water. Simply spray and wipe off with a dry towel.
These products work together as a complete “System” to protect and maintain your stone investment.
Please feel free to contact us if you have further questions.

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