Best granite countertop cleaner / polish ?

We are owners of a new granite countertop. It's dark green (Verte peacock), and we really like it. I'd like to know your suggestions of a good cleaner that brings the shine back without a greasy/smeary look to it. I've tried both the cleaner and polish in spray cans at Home Depot branded "Rock Doctor". The polish just smears around, and under the "under counter" lights and the cans I have in the ceiling, it looks like when you try to clean your windows in the sun with 409. like you're pushing wax around that won't quite come off. the "rock doctor" cleaner is better, but still not great. I've tried Windex, and that, too, smears. lighter fluid even smears a little, and I'm sure it would strip out the sealer that's on the granite.
So, what have you folks with dark granite found to be the best? Actually, the best I've found so far is the Bruce Floor "no wax" cleaner that we got for our new 3/4 inch wood floor, also in the kitchen. Of course, again, I have no idea if it's stipping the granite sealer off at the same time. It DOES say it's not to be used with "waxed" finishes (referring to floors, obviously). -- Steve Henderson
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Maybe the new sealer is reacting with your cleaner. Actualy I have dark granite and tried to stain it and cant as your green may not stain. Anything Ive used to clean it works. Sealers take time to cure.
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I find that getting the granite squeaky clean allows the polished finish to shine. I get good results by using a spray bottle filled with a 50:50 mix of water and common rubbing alcohol. My granite is a fairly dark Dakota Mahogany.
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Steve Henderson wrote:

My wife has, in her kitchen, polished "granite" which is mostly black and gray. It's not actually granite; but larvikite, though everybody calls it granite.
We normally just wipe it with a rag when we're done cooking. If there's something that needs to be sterilized, we spray with a 50% bleach solution, then wipe it off. If we want to put a great shine on it, we clean it with dish soap & water, then wipe that off, then spray 50% vinegar solution and wipe that off until dry. Spotless shine.
Obviously, you would NEVER want to let the bleach and the vinegar to mix!
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We were told to use 511 Impregnator annually on ours.
On Sun, 13 Nov 2005 17:02:55 -0600, Steve Henderson

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