How to Give Stone a Glossy Finish

Answer

Stone may be used to nearly as many different purposes inside and outside the house as there are different kinds of stone. Granite countertops are very long-lasting, fireplaces made of sandstone give off an earthy and welcoming vibe, and slate flooring may survive for several generations. Without further grinding and polishing, most types of stone do not have their natural shiny appearance. On the other hand, a stone surface may be polished to a shiny appearance with a minimum of effort, and it can be kept looking new with routine upkeep. If the stone is going to be used for preparing food, you should only utilise materials that the manufacturer certifies as being safe for consumption.

  1. If it’s dirty, you should clean the stone. According to the recommendations of the Marble Institute of America, scrubbing the surface with a soft-bristled scrub brush and a moderate solution of liquid dish detergent and warm water in a bucket is the best way to clean marble that is exposed to the elements. It doesn’t matter what proportion of detergent to water you use. It just takes one or two squirts of detergent for every gallon of water to get the job done. After rinsing it with a garden hose, let the stone to air dry. If the stone is located indoors, such as on a floor or countertop, clean it using a stone-specific cleanser that does not leave a residue, and then allow it to dry completely.

  2. Painter’s tape may be used to protect the surrounding area, such as the baseboards or the trim around the countertop, if necessary. When protecting a surface, pressing the tape down firmly against the surface can assist prevent the sealer from leaking under the edges.

  3. Give a container of penetrating stone sealer with a high gloss a good shake. According to the North American Tile Cleaning Organization, this product may be found in the flooring and countertop divisions of home improvement shops. [Citation needed] On counters, use a sealant that is appropriate for food use.

  4. Apply an even layer of sealer to the stone by dipping a paintbrush with fine bristles into the liquid and then brushing it on. Instead of applying the sealer with a brush, you should wet a cloth that does not contain lint with the sealer and then wipe it over the stone. This prevents the sealer from showing any brush strokes.

  5. After the stone has had time to cure, apply as many additional layers of sealer as the maker of the sealer suggests. In most cases, more than one coat is required to get a consistent and glossy finish.

  6. After the last coat has had sufficient time to dry, remove the painter’s tape, if it was used.

    Things You Will Need

    • Bucket

    • Dish detergent

    • Soft-bristle scrub brush

    • Non-residue stone cleaner

    • Painter’s tape

    • Penetrating stone sealer, high gloss

    • Fine-bristle paintbrush

    • Lint-free rags

    Tip

    Stone may need to be touched up more often, especially in high-traffic areas and outside.

    Warning

    Urethane imparts a high gloss, but it does not stick to stone as well as stone sealer does and it does not last as long on stone.