How to Polish Granite Rock Yourself

Granite is a hard, volcanic rock widely used for kitchen and bathroom countertops, fireplaces, flooring and garden ornaments. Heavy use or exposure to the elements and pollution will give granite a dull and dirty look over time. Granite rock is easy to maintain and clean, and you can polish it yourself with a little effort and a few special and basic household cleaners.

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Buff granite rock with a non-abrasive polish.

Step 1

Fill a bowl or bucket with hot water and 2 to 3 squirts of dish detergent. Clean the granite rock surface with a clean, soft cloth dampened with the water and detergent mixture. Wipe off any residue and wait for the granite to dry.

Step 2

Pour a little non-abrasive granite polish onto a soft, dry cloth and apply the polish to the granite rock. Buff the polish into the rock using a circular motion. Continue buffing until the polish has vanished.

Step 3

Put on rubber gloves. Mix one part isopropyl rubbing alcohol with three parts water in a glass or ceramic bowl. Add a few drops of dish detergent to the solution. Pour the cleaning solution into a spray bottle.

Step 4

Spray the solution over the granite rock. Rub the solution into the rock with a soft, clean cloth. Continue rubbing until the granite rock surface is glossy and sparkling.


Adrian Grahams

Adrian Grahams began writing professionally in 1989 after training as a newspaper reporter. His work has been published online and in various newspapers, including "The Cornish Times" and "The Sunday Independent." Grahams specializes in technology and communications. He holds a Bachelor of Science, postgraduate diplomas in journalism and website design and is studying for an MBA.