How to Refinish Your Granite Countertops


Countertops that endure constant use are prone to scratches. Granite countertops are no exception, even though granite is a strong material. Through refinishing, you can restore the look of your granite countertops through polishing in a few hours. Even those with little home improvement experience can get the granite countertops looking like new.

Things You'll Need

  • Granite cleaner
  • Cloth
  • Fine-diamond sanding pad
  • Handheld orbital buffer
  • Granite sealer
  • Paintbrush
  • Wipe down the granite countertops with a manufacturer-approved cleaner and dry cloth. Allow the area to fully dry.

  • Smooth down the entire countertop with a fine-diamond sanding pad. Run the orbital buffer in a circular motion over the countertop, paying special attention to scratches in the surface. Go back and forth on the countertop until the surface is smoothed down.

  • Wipe dust off the countertop with a dry cloth. Apply a granite sealer recommended by the manufacturer over the entire countertop, and wait two hours while it penetrates the surface. Once dried, apply a second coat and allow to dry.

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