Stains happen — wine spills, water leaks and olive oil makes its way from the measuring spoon to your granite countertops.
If you’re lucky enough to notice, you can quickly wipe up the spill and prevent a stain. But if you don’t notice, if the foreign substance remains on the granite for more than 20 or 30 minutes, you’re likely to wind up with a stain.
Yes, stains happen, and when they do, you’ve got to know how to remove them. Lucky for you, the experts have advice to help people like you remove all types of stains from their granite countertops.
Here’s their advice:
- Prevent them — The easiest way to remove stains from your granite countertops is to avoid them in the first place. Always use a coaster for your glasses and cups, wipe up any spills immediately and make sure to seal your countertops on a regular basis. It’s true what they say: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
- Clean any organic stains — Those stains caused by spilled coffee, wine, fruit juices or even water can be lifted with hydrogen peroxide, which is available at any grocery store, and a clean cloth. The hydrogen peroxide will work its way into your countertops and remove the stain.
- Clean oil-based stains— Those slick, shiny stains caused by cooking oils, milk and most synthetic products can be cured by using a poultice compound, which is available at hardware stores. The compound will work its way into your countertops and remove the substance that is causing the stain.
- Remove stains caused by hard water — Hard water stains can be buffed out with a 0000-grade steel wool, which you can find in any hardware store. Scrub the countertop surface gently, and the water rings and stains will disappear before your eyes.
Stains happen, and when they happen on your granite countertops it’s important to take the necessary steps to remove them as soon as possible.
If you find that the stains don’t come out with your initial efforts to remove them, don’t panic. Contact the experts at Arch City Granite & Marble. They have experience dealing with granite countertops that can help you if you need to replace areas that have been permanently damaged.