Burn Marks and Waxing Granite Floor

by ERIC GONZALES
(DENVER COLO)

QUESTION:

What type of chemical stripper should I use to take dark black burns off a granite floor?


Also, I'd like to know what kind of wax to use for a great shine on the granite floor? Thanks!

ANSWER:

Waxing granite floors or countertops or any stone is not a good idea. It won't harm the stone and it used to be a common recommendation, but waxes scuff easy, turn yellow and need to be stripped and re-applied all the time.

All waxes do is increase granite maintenance without providing any real benefit. The "shine" on any stone comes from intense friction on big machines at the factory and not from some chemical application.

So, if the floor is dull, then it simply needs to be cleaned and possibly re-polished (by an experienced professional... this is NOT a DIY job for a handyman). A wax may add a bit of shine to a dull floor, but it's the worst solution.

I'd suggest using TILE & GROUT Cleaner if the granite floors are really dirty.

If there is a wax or some other coating already on the floor, then use De-Greaser / Wax Remover / Stripper to remove it.

For repair and maintenance of smoke damage and burns, consult the Removing Granite & Marble Stains ebook, which provides comprehensive information and instruction.

If the granite was burned badly, then it's likely that you'll have to hire a granite counter top and floor maintenance / restoration pro to re-finish the surface.

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