I actually liked my countertops. While I'm not a fan of granite, I do admire the shine. Sadly my 10 year old countertops have become scratched and dull. After cleaning them with 409 I applied simple Mineral Oil and polished them with a lint free cloth until the oil was absorbed. It worked so well I put some on my vintage formica kitchen table.
When your zinnias start to fade, clip them off about six inches below the heads and dry upside down. When dry - clip the heads and seperate the seeds from the petals. Package the seeds for next year and the petals for potporri gifts. Don't seal the packages yet, store them open several more days to make sure they are dry.