How to Remove Stains from your Granite Countertops

If you should happen to spill wine, a citrus juice, or food do not wipe the area.  Wiping may spread the liquid into the granite.  However, Arch City Granite & Marble recommends blotting with a paper towel and then cleaning with a mild soap and warm water.

How to remove stains on granite countertops:

Granite has inherent stain resistant properties and the application of an effective sealer will enhance this property.  Also, usually blotting of any spills with a paper towel at the time of the spill will take care of any possible staining.  If there is an instance where the spill is not noticed immediately and a stain occurs, there are several methods to remove it.  The method depends on the cause of the stain.

  • Organic stains:
    • Stains caused by spills of coffee, tea, wine, fruit juice, or food that can cause a brownish stain.
    • Clean the stain with 12% hydrogen peroxide, which is available in any grocery store, after wiping off the stain with a clean cloth.
  • Oil-based stains:
    • Stains caused by nail polish, cosmetics, milk, or cooking oil can make the stone darker causing a section of darker area.
    • These stains have to be removed by applying a poultice compound.
    • DuPont makes such a compound which costs about $8 per a tin of poultice.

How to take care of spots or rings formed by water:

These spots and rings are caused by surface accumulation of hard water.  You can simply buff this out with a 0000 grade steel wool, which is available in any home improvement store.

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