Cleaning and Polishing Granite and Stainless Steel



Back in February I wrote a short article on how to clean your kitchen and touched on hot topics such as floor washing, stainless steel polishing, and granite cleaning (I’m sure you’re thinking: riveting subjects!).  On the topic of cleaning granite, I suggested folks use a white vinegar/water solution to clean their granite, but I’d like to now officially retract my suggestion.   After a few months of consistent use, I have started to see some very light etching take place.  The etching is minor and I may have overdone the percentage of white vinegar to water ratio, thus causing a bit of etching.  Moreover, I have started to use a small microfiber towel and regular dish soap to wash and sanitize my granite on a every other night basis (this is a three step process: washing, remove soap, and dry).  The dish soap does a great job of cleaning the granite, so long as the granite is free of debris (i.e., no crumbs, ground coffee, etc.) before washing.  The dish soap cleaning method also does not cause any etching.  
What my new method does not do well, however, is polish granite.  Our granite has been fairly shiny and new looking, but now that we’re entering year three with our countertop I’m craving that new granite look again and rethinking the idea that you do not need specialty products to clean a kitchen well.  Enter Goddard’s, a 170+ year old brand that earned it’s reputation on silver cleaning products.  Nowadays, Goddard’s produces a whole range of cleaning products, including a granite polish, stainless steal cleaner, and appliance and countertop polish.
Stainless Steel Polish and Cleaner

I recently sampled the three Goddard products mentioned above in my own kitchen (partly out of pure necessity given that our metal and stone surface were a big old mess and also because of a sample pack). My black/white granite was dull and fading fast and my stainless steel appliances were full of smudges, micro-scratches, and very dull looking overall.  The first Goddard product I tried was the stainless steel cleaner.  The cleaner had a watery consistency and came in a spray bottle.  I sprayed my fridge and dishwasher twice and proceeded to remove the excess liquid with a microfiber clothe (I did this in two distinct stages).  I was also careful to wipe with the grain of the steel.  Overall, the stainless steel cleaner did not do a good job removing smudges or provide any sort of polish or shine to the metal.  The product did remove some of the contaminants on the surfaces of my fridge, stove, and dishwasher, but overall I was disappointed with the product and, to be perfectly honest, the cleaner gave me the same end results as using hot water and dish soap.  

I’ve had much better success with Signature Polish, which is recommended by Wolf / Sub Zero and acts as both a cleaner and polish.  I received a sample bottle with my Wolf stove purchase and it has outperformed all of the stainless steel cleaners that I’ve applied to my appliances in three plus years.  The Signature Polish provides a deep shine, removes small scratches, and cleans exceptionally well.  Moreover, the polish/cleaner goes a long way and only a small amount of liquid is needed to clean a large area.  Overall, when it comes to cleaning stainless  and getting that great, smudge less shine, I think it’s always best to go with a thicker, polish type, solution versus a water based product.  



Granite Polish and Cleaner

I also tried Goddard’s granite polish and without jumping the gun the spray solution was outstanding.  I applied the polish with a paper towel and removed excess with a microfiber cloth.  The solution gave my granite an exceptional shine and provided an ultra smooth feel to my countertop.  In fact, my wife thought our granite felt just like the day we installed it some 3 years ago.  The only two compliant I have are that the solution is a bit oily, in turn leaving some swirl marks and a bit of elbow grease is required to get the stone dry and free of any polish.  The bottle also doesn’t state whether the polish is food safe (i.e., whether you can place fruit, vegetables, etc. directly on the stone).

Finally, I tried the much thicker Goddard’s Appliance and Countertop Polish on our granite only and compared to the granite polish it did not provide the same sort of shine and feel.  The solution was also much thicker and more difficult to wipe up.  There may be a better application for the appliance and counter top polish (such as a glass stove top), but it was only average on our granite countetops (the solution provided decent cleaning power, but it did not produce a superb shine).  The product would be better labeled as a cleaner versus a true polish.  On the positive side, Goddard’s Appliance and Countertop Polish is labeled food safe and is also a certified Kosher product. (UPDATE: I tried the Appliance and Countertop Polish on black, stove top, enamel and the result was very positive.  The polish did indeed provide a nice, deep, polish and cleaned the enamel quite well.  The polish did require a bit of work in terms of removal (it was a little oily) and to get a true shine, but it seems the mirror like finish will last a bit.  I’m curious to see how the polish holds up to spills, oil, heavy cooking, etc.)

So, yes I do recommend a good stainless steel polish and granite/stone cleaner for your home kitchen, as well as a basic cleaning kit including white vinegar (floors), Murphy’s Oil (wood cabinets), Pine Oil, dish soap (granite, stove burners and top), and Soft Scrub with bleach cleanser (porcelain sink).   What are you waiting for, get out there and go clean those hunks of steel and stone in your kitchen!


  1. I have been using a granite polish maintenance kit from and i use stainless steel cleaner call ultimate40 from

  2. Wow…you’re right into cleaning. I have minimal stainless steel and my countertops are (new) laminate. Congratulations on taking such pride in your home. It will last longer that way.

  3. There are over 400 Scordo readers and very few comments get left. I think it would be kindly for others to share their thoughts with the author after all the effort that has been made to write these blogs and take accompanying pictures.

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  5. The guys who installed my counters sold me this polish and clean stuff that works pretty good I think.
    But the water/vinegar solution might still be OK for regular cleaning – are you sure the very light etching isn’t caused by something else?
    It’s kinda hard to draw a proper conclusion outside a closed environment. Otherwise it’s only anecdotal evidence. But I sincerely appreciate your story and will keep my eye out for others like it, because where there’s smoke, there is fire!

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  7. I feel that the products I’ve used that are specifically designed/marketed for granite & stainless steel have left me unimpressed. Going with your theme of liking products with multiple uses…I have found that Pledge works great not only on wood, but on granite and stainless steel. My granite counters are left looking radient and better than new. Try it, you’ll like it.

  8. I have seen both done, and i really really like the look of the molding on a granite counter top, especially when that look is mimicked in the cabinet headers or cabinet trim but….. the intricate patterns of the molding look like they would be a nightmare to keep clean…. for practicality, personally I would choose the smooth rounded edges

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