Asked on Feb 24, 2018

How do you get a strawberry stain out of granite

by Joa22025488
  5 answers
  • Blaire Simpson Oslander Blaire Simpson Oslander on Feb 24, 2018

    You can try a poultice of flour and water, let it sit until dry and scrub off. Granite will etch if fruit acids are left on the surface, so you may have to have it buffed out.

  • KattywhampusLOL KattywhampusLOL on Feb 24, 2018

    Hello Joanogle02 :) It sounds to me like it's time to apply a poultice. I happen to have an article on my Bookmarks Bar for a poultice to remove stains from marble and granite and I am sending it your way. Good Luck and thank you for asking HOMETALK for help with this situation :)

  • William William on Feb 24, 2018

    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.

    If you are trying to remove an old stain, create a dense paste of more baking soda and less water. Then place the paste over the stain, allowing it to function for a few minutes. After that wipe off the baking soda paste. If it is needed you can repeat the procedure until the stain vanishes.

    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.

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 25, 2018

    Try making a paste of baking soda and water and let that sit on the stain for about a day before pulling it up and washing the area.

  • Denise Eade Denise Eade on Feb 25, 2018

    Try a few drops of hydrogen peroxide this is under rated and very useful for many cleaning jobs