Sungloss Marble Co News & Advice
Granite Refinishing & Restoration, September 8th, 2014
Granite material used as a floor or countertop continues to hold a top place for desirability due to its durability, beauty, and low maintenance. Its hardness and scuff and scratch resistance make this genre of material easy to take care of – and it is generally quite resistance to dulling.
What happens when you find your granite appearing lackluster or dull? Showing what looks like acid etching? Your restoration professionals, such as the Sungloss Marble Co. team, are here to help.
After 5 or more years, even the most hardy granite material will start to show its wear and age. Professional polishing of your granite will get it back to its original luster. It’s the responsibility of stone care professionals to provide the correct advice on frequency of sealing, etc. (See also www.marble-institute.com)
Here are some general rules to determine how frequent your granite may need professional maintenance and restoration:
White Granite (like Kashmir) may show oil or water staining early on – we suggest sealing these types regularly.
Black Granites vary wildly in durability – true Black Absolute is generally quite low maintenance, but due to the dark even tone should be cleaned and sealed at least every 2 years in most settings to maintain uniformity. Popularity of the black color has led to a wide range of black material, including many black granite sold as “black” that have been enhanced with black dyes or pigments. These tend to show their “true color” by etching, and having ring marks, splotches, and spills show up on the material. Some natural black granite can also etch due to a varied natural range of composition.
Speckled Brown/Yellow/Tan/Gray/Salt and Pepper colors tend to be the easiest to upkeep and don’t show wear much. Seal or polish this granite professionally once every 2-5 years.
Don’t wax your granite.
Location of your granite may also dictate maintenance. Wet areas, such as showers, countertops, bathroom floors tend to show wear sooner than dry areas.