• Hometalker
  • Pensacola, FL
Asked on May 17, 2017

Hard water build up on granite, what to do now? I used a sealer.



4 answers
  • William
    on May 17, 2017

    Marble, granite, and stone do NOT like having acidic (ie: citrus-based) cleaners used on them. Citrus or vinegar will actually cause “etching” on granite countertops. Not a good thing. Granite countertops also don’t like it when you use something like Windex on them because it strips the “seal” off of the stone. *****Apparently there are some very nice countertop/granite cleaners out there that do a great job…but $7.00 for a 12-ounce bottle? YOU can do better than that! :-) ***** After researching several homemade options out there…I discovered they all had the same basic ingredients…just in varying amounts. Some had a LOT of alcohol in them…some very little. I think the following “recipe” has a good balance of the ingredients, based on the information I read. ***** Homemade Granite Cleaner, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol (or cheap vodka), 3 drops of Dawn or other dish soap (Castile soap would also be a good alternative if you prefer), Water, 5-10 drops essential oil (optional – to help mask the alcohol smell). ***** Put the rubbing alcohol or vodka into a 16 oz spray bottle. Add the dish soap, essential oil and fill up the rest of the bottle with water.

    Now give it a few shakes….THEN give it a try! It should give your countertops a nice, clean shine. Works on appliances too! All at a FRACTION of the price of the store-bought stuff.

  • William
    on May 17, 2017

    6 simple steps to seal granite and all other natural stone *****

    A damaged protective seal leaves granite and other natural stone surfaces susceptible to costly repair and replacement, and the coming holiday is a perfect time to make sure your stone is protected. *****

    Whether it’s a countertop, floor, shower wall or vanity. Sealing frequently will maintain maximum surface protection for resistance against staining, etching and soil build-up. *****

    I’m often asked how often natural stone should be sealed. Some in the industry will say once a year; others maybe twice annually. The reality is you can never over-seal your stone. Frequent sealing provides constant protection against oil-based stains such as salad dressing, cooking oil or vegetable oil. When they come into contact with unsealed natural stone, the oils can penetrate the pores and leave unsightly reminders. The same is true for water-based stains such as tea, wine or coffee. *****

    So, to answer the question on how frequently you should be sealing granite countertops or other natural stone surfaces, our advice is to determine whether you need to reseal. Here’s how you can do that: *****

    Pour water (about 3 inches in diameter) on the surface in several locations and let it sit for 30 minutes. If you see a dark mark or ring, the water is penetrating the stone and it’s time to reseal. *****

    If it’s time to reseal or you’re sealing for the first time, you can have a professional restoration specialist handle the job for you – a pretty big price tag can come with that. Some do-it-yourself stone sealers require protective gear because of the toxicity. *****

    In six simple steps, here’s how to seal granite and all other natural stone for about 10 percent of the cost of having a pro come do it for you or having to dress like your local hazardous waste team: *****

    1.Make sure you thoroughly clean the surface with a safe-on-stone granite cleaner…..
    2.Spray the granite sealer on the surface in a 3-foot section…..
    3.Immediately wipe into stone with a lint-free cloth. Do not allow sealer to dry on the surface – it will cause hazing…..
    4.Buff dry with a lint-free cloth…..
    5.For maximum protection, repeat the process 2-3 times…..
    6.Wait 24 hours for sealer to cure before using a granite polish to add shine and luster…..

    Once complete, you’ll have the added confidence knowing the pain-free effort you put into protecting your stone.

  • Deb
    on May 17, 2017

    Ironically, the best products for your solution is not in the flooring department where granite cleaners are located but in the kitchens department at Home Depot or Lowes to get those water stains out. The company that makes these is Stone Care International, or SCI. The line of cleaners that they use is specifically made for stone countertops. With that said, its the only product I can guarantee that is safe to use around food grade surface areas, where health as well as solution is needed. It requires no rinsing and is simple to use. Its an item available in the stores that should remedy your hard water stain removal.
    • Gail
      on May 17, 2017

      Thank you, I am concerned putting cleaners on the areas where we eat. I will look for SCI and so glad it is simple.
  • Gail
    on May 17, 2017

    Thank you, I am concerned putting cleaners on the areas where we eat. I will look for SCI and so glad it is simple!
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