Granite flooring and countertops look great, particularly if the stone has been honed and polished to a glossy finish, but when a cloudy film forms on the surface, you get the opposite effect.
With haziness and cloudiness on granite surfaces, there are various levels of causes and severity. In most situations, this is something you can easily take care of except when the cloudy film is the result of etching, in which case the stone may need to be resurfaced by a stone restoration professional.
Here are some tips on how you can restore the polished look of your granite surfaces.
Do a Deep Cleaning
Deep cleaning is a solution that will work most of the time. If you notice the film has slowly developed over time after cleaning has been neglected, chances are a deep cleaning session is in order. Cloudiness is more likely to form on kitchen countertops that are constantly used for meal preparation, and it’s usually caused by an accumulation of greasy food residue. Deep cleaning requires using a bit of elbow grease when you wipe the surface. If the haze comes off unevenly, you may want to try scrubbing with a stone-safe pad such as Granite Gold Scrub Sponge®.
If you’d like to learn how to properly clean countertops made of granite and other natural stone, here’s a short video explaining how:
Don’t Use Common Household Cleaners
You shouldn’t use common household cleaners on granite surfaces for two reasons. First of all, the abrasive chemicals in most cleaners will degrade the protective seal. Second, acidic substances are known to dull and discolor natural stone. With granite, a dull spot that no longer feels smooth suggests minor surface damage. Even household cleaners that aren’t too strong can be problematic because they leave behind streaks of sticky residue. To avoid cloudiness, your best option is to only use a stone-safe granite countertop cleaner such as Granite Gold Daily Cleaner®.
Seal the Countertop the Right Way
When a hazy film appears after sealing your stone, it may be because you don’t know how to seal natural stone properly. Spray Granite Gold Sealer® on the stone’s surface in 3-foot sections, then immediately wipe it into the stone with a lint-free cloth. While you cannot over-seal granite tiles or slabs, you may leave residue behind if the sealant isn’t absorbed. You have to work the sealant into the stone so it reaches the pores, so make sure to buff it dry with another lint-free cloth. Also, you have to let the sealant sit and cure for 24 hours before polishing.
Polish the Countertop
It’s easy to get used to the nice and glossy look of honed granite surfaces. When they haven’t been polished in a while, they may look as if a cloudy film has formed, but this may just be a case of a dull appearance. Keep in mind polishing comes after sealing and not the other way around. The key to getting the most out of Granite Gold Polish® is to work it right into the stone with a firm buffing motion.
Contact the Stone Care Experts at Granite Gold® if you have additional questions about caring for granite countertops. Our products are safe to use on all types of natural stone, including marble, slate, and travertine. Call us today at 1-800-475-STONE (7866), and check our Store Locator to find a store near you that carries Granite Gold® brand products.
Lenny Sciarrino (aka Lenny S) and Lenny Pellegrino (aka Lenny P) grew up in the family business and are co-founders of Granite Gold®.