Refinishing Polishing stone

Published on April 18th, 2016 | by Henri


Restoring granite vanity top

Q.    My wife left a bottle of cleaner on our new granite vanity and it has stained or bleached it. At first I thought that sealer would restore the color, but it did not, and was probably a bad idea as if it needs to be stained the sealer would stop the stain from penetrating. I have removed the sealer by scrubbing with a non-abrasive scouring powder. Any ideas what to do next?

A.    The cleaner has removed the polish from the granite. You need to use tin oxide — a polishing powder — and buff the top with a spinning polishing wheel (as opposed to an oscillating or reciprocating buffer). Wet the wheel, sprinkle powder on the top and put pressure on the wheel until the granite heats up. You can probably obtain tin oxide at the store where you purchased your vanity, or at your local hardware or home store. If not, check on-line, where you will find many mail-order sources.
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