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How to Clean and Polish Black Granite Countertop
Black Granite, as a stone, gets its inherent beauty from its molten lava formation underneath the surface of the earth.
It's crystalline, grainy texture produced its name, which comes from the Latin word, granum, which means "grain."
Maintaining the beauty and intricate nature of Black Countertop granite stone involves a few simple steps and precautions.
Whether dealing with granite floors or countertops, these tips can help you with the regular maintenance of your granite stone.
1. First, make sure your Black Granite has been properly cleaned and sealed.
Most Black Countertop granite surfaces can be cleaned with a simple soap and water combination, although specific soaps for granite cleaning purposes may be purchased.
Simple Black Countertop granite sealants can be purchased at local home improvement stores or through the manufacturer of your granite stone. These often come with easy-to-use spray applicators, and will require at least 24 hours to dry completely.
2. Polishing Black Granite can be a simple or complex job, depending on the size or area of your granite stone.
Extremely large jobs, such as granite flooring, would be most expedient when using a mechanical polishing machine set with the proper resin pads for polishing granite. Smaller polishing jobs, such as kitchen countertop edges, can be polished by using a small hand polisher with the proper polishing pads.
Other products on the market, like powders or liquids offer polishing power without damaging the surface of the Black Countertop. Depending on the polishing machine or pad manufacturer instructions, these tasks can be performed wet or dry.
3. An alternative to polishing Black Granite as a do-it-yourself project can be to hire a pro.
Most installers or manufacturers offer polishing services, and can be a wise investment in your natural stone décor. Since granite stone can be expensive, and depending on the size of the stone needed to be polished, this can save time, money and risk of damaging the stone.
Another alternative, especially when dealing with granite tiles, is purchasing tiles that have a rounded bullnose edge, instead of a cut edge, which gives a smoother finish.