Do it Yourself: Polish Granite Floors June 06 2016, 0 Comments

Nothing makes a statement in your home like natural stone flooring, and granite is no exception.

The same properties that make this gorgeous stone a hit on kitchen counters also make it a great candidate for flooring, though the additional wear and tear from foot traffic means you may need to apply a little extra elbow grease to keep them looking like new.

Routine maintenance such as daily sweeping or dry mopping, bi-weekly washing with a neutral floor cleaner, and quick clean up of spills, is highly recommended, and can help prevent the majority of stains, etching and scratches that can ruin the look and feel of your tiles.

More intensive maintenance includes applying a stone sealer every six to twelve months, and if your tile should become worn, scratched or dull, granite restoration techniques.

If you're keen to do it yourself, polish granite floors with caution, and consider hiring a marble restoration specialist to prevent further damage.

Diagnose Before You Treat

Before you attempt this do it yourself, polish granite floors only if their condition warrants it, using the following guidelines:

  • Dirty/Grimy - An intensive cleaner can take care of heavily soiled granite flooring, as it penetrates deep in to your grout and stone to dissolve most stains and tough grime.
  • Chipped/Cracked/Minor Holes - Invest in a hole repair kit, including filler (be sure to use transparent filler for granite), hardener, protective gloves, and a myriad of other supplies to complete the job.
  • Minor Scratches/Slightly Dull - A non-wax, mildly abrasive granite polish may be used to remove minor scratches, and restore the shine to your floors.
  • Scratched/Worn/Dull - This type of extensive damage requires more intensive restoration, best performed by a trained, experienced professional, but if you are going to attempt to do it yourself, polish granite floors knowledgeably following the method detailed below.

How To Do It Yourself: Polish Granite Floors

Materials You'll Need

  • A specialized floor machine, equipped with a tank and driver pad, and designed for use on natural stone tile surfaces.
  • Varying sizes and grits of diamond refinishing pads.
  • Natural stone sealer and lambs wool applicator.

Steps

1. Get organized – Save time and frustration by clearing both your schedule and your work area.

  • Choose a weekend free of company or commitments.
  • Remove all furniture and accessories, leaving a bare floor surface.
  • Sweep or vacuum, and make note of problem areas.

2. Renew – Breathe new life in to your granite; this first step opens up the pores of the stone as a new layer is revealed beneath the old. As you move through the series of pads, each one finer than the last, the pores will begin to gradually close.

  • Place the first set of pads on the floor machine, starting with the coarsest grit. Move the machine over the entire surface area of the floor working from edge to edge, to remove scratches and stains, and expose a new layer of granite.
  • For optimal results, repeat the procedure with this set of pads three times.
  • Change the pads for the next finest grit, again working the machine over the entire area, to remove any scratches left by the first set of pads.
  • Once you are satisfied that all surface scratches have been removed, move on to the next step.

3. Hone and Polish – This step smoothes out the surface of the floor and brings out the shine.

  • NOTE: Before continuing, check again for scratches; any that have been left behind will be made more noticeable during this phase of the process.
  • Proceed with the floor machine, moving on to a finer grade of pad, closing the pores of the granite and revealing the shine.
  • Continue to change out the pads for finer and finer grits, until you reach the desired level of high gloss finish.

5. Seal - Your final layer of protection.

  • Use a premium stone sealer, applying to a clean dry floor, according to label directions.
  • Reapply your sealer every six to twelve months, depending on traffic levels.

Allow 48 hours for the sealer to cure for best results.

A DIY granite floor polishing project isn't always for the faint of heart, but you can always call us for help!

Call 561-994-4668 to speak to myself or someone on our team for step-by-step guidance on what you'll need and how to use it. Y

ou can also email me directly at kevin@marblekareproducts.com or download our free Granite Care Guide below to get started.