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why does my granite look cloudy/filmy after wiping w/a sponge?

by Lana
(Tampa FL)

My granite is 7yrs's very dark green w/gold specs (called Uba Tuba).

I am disappointed I chose a dark color because it never looks clean/shiny unless I've take the time/effort to use a granite 'cleaner/polish/sealer'....

Even after that process I can't 'just wipe' spills away w/a sponge because it leavs a film.

I've gotten prices of A$250-600 for professionals to come & reseal my counters & wonder if it is worth it.

Will I still have this cloudy film after professionally done?

Thanks for your expert opinion/advice!


I'm not sure why you have a cloudy film after your wipe your granite countertops.

The only thing I can think of is it's just water residue from your sponge. Have you tried drying after you wipe with a dry microfiber cloth?

It is a good idea to have the granite cleaned thoroughly and resealed about every 3-5 years, but I'm not sure if it will take care of your problem.

The pricing you mentioned sounds about right. We charge anywhere from $250-$500, depending on the size of the countertops.

You can also clean and seal them yourself if you want to save the money.

I have a link to stone care products where you can buy a quality granite sealer that's easy to work with. It's also not strong smelling like you might think.

My best guess is you need to dry your granite after you wipe. Microfiber cloths do a great job at buffing off residues.

I hope this helps.


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Dec 15, 2015
That's your water or your sponge
by: Anonymous

Indeed I have seen this cloudiness on my own counters and many of my clients. It is either your water or the dirty sponge. The counters are so nice a shiny, it's like cleaning glass without glass cleaner - you can see the streaks. So I wipe as I go about cooking and then keep my bottle of granite cleaner handy for final my wipe up jobs at the end of a cooking session. Or like the gentleman said, wipe clean then dry with a clean chamois or microfiber cloth. As the shiny newness wears a little, this will become less noticeable.

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