How to Polish a Dull Granite Floor

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Granite flooring looks stylish and elegant, and is a durable material that provides a long-term flooring solution. However, granite's durability doesn't make it maintenance free. Granite flooring loses its luster and shine over time and underneath thousands of footsteps. Sections that see heavy use, such as near sinks and doorways, become worn much quicker than other areas. If your granite floor starts to look dull, you can polish the tile to breathe new life into the stone.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Spray bottle
  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • Soft cloth

Fill a spray bottle with 1 part rubbing alcohol and 3 parts water.

Add 3 drops of a mild, pH-neutral liquid dish soap to the bottle. Avoid using soap that contains acids, such a lime, lemon, or vinegar, because acids can damage granite.

Screw the cover onto the spray bottle. Shake the bottle to mix the liquids.

Spray the polishing solution over a 2-foot square section of the flooring, then buff the area with a soft, clean cloth. Repeat the process in 2-foot blocks until the entire floor is polished and shiny. Switch the cloth for a new one if it becomes dirty.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also use commercial granite polishing products, or a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda and 3 cups water to polish dull granite floors.

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