How to remove stains on granite?

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Nov 18, 2021

    https://www.marthastewart.com/7988318/how-remove-stains-granite Hi there, that tutorial recommends using a paste of baking soda and water and I can attest it worked on our granite that we have outside on our patio. We had kept a little grill on it and the grease dripping from the grill stained the granite. The baking soda and water paste took most of the stain off. I think it will depend on what made the stain though. There are products out there specifically for removing stains.

  • William William on Nov 18, 2021

    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.


  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 18, 2021

    To clean the area:

    If it is an oil based stain use a grease lifting soap, Blue Dawn dish soap. For other types of stain like coffee or tea, food, use a hydrogen peroxide cleaner.


    To treat the stain:

    Oily stains make a paste of baking soda and water or for the other make the paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Spread the mixture over the spot, cover with plastic wrap and tape it into place, remove after 24 hrs. Remove the wrap and clear the paste off with a plastic card. Rinse with distilled water then dry and polish with a soft cloth.


    You may want to consider sealing the granite, the sealer does wear down.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 18, 2021

    never use Windex type products on granite and stone it will etch and remove the finish- don't use white vinegar on there either

    Depending on the stains are they wine- tomato- grease stains??

    has your granite been sealed? you are supposed to clean it and reseal it every 6 months to a year and any stains won't set if you wipe them up right away

    https://www.marthastewart.com/7988318/how-remove-stains-granite#:~:text=Mix%20a%20poultice%20paste%20of,paste%20stand%20for%2024%20hours.




  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Nov 18, 2021

    Mix a poultice paste of baking soda and water (for oil-based stains), or baking soda and peroxide (for others), until it's as thick as peanut butter. Spread the mixture over the spot, cover it with plastic wrap that you've poked a few holes in, and secure it with masking tape. Let the poultice paste stand for 24 hours.

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 18, 2021

    HOW TO REMOVE ORGANIC STAINS FROM GRANITE

    Organic stains are typically food or beverages that can cause discoloration. Coffee and tea spills, gravy, mustard, and soda are among the most common. These can be cleaned by 30%-40% by volume concentration of hydrogen peroxide.

    HOW TO REMOVE INORGANIC STAINS FROM GRANITE

    Inks and dyes are also materials that are commonly found in the kitchen. And any liquid that is commonly found in the kitchen, or anywhere for that matter is prone to spillage. These staining agents can be cleaned mostly by hydrogen peroxide. Ink can be effectively removed by rubbing alcohol.

    HOW TO REMOVE OIL STAINS FROM GRANITE

    Fat is flavor and is a staple on all kitchens. So is oil spillage. Pure acetone is used to remove oil stains from granite.

    HOW TO REMOVE BIOLOGICAL STAINS FROM GRANITE

    A lot of changes in temperature and humidity happens in the kitchen. Not to mention the amount of water that is being moved and spilled about. Moist warm conditions are the favorite breeding grounds for biological growth such as mold and mildew. These can be cleaned by bleaching or mold and mildew commercial cleaning agents.

    HOW TO REMOVE METAL STAINS FROM GRANITE

    Rust stains and copper stains are no stranger to the kitchen environment. They are also a common site on granite countertops as they are common materials of your favorite knives and cookware. Metal stains can be removed from granite through commercially available rust stain removers.

    HOW TO REMOVE WATER STAINS FROM GRANITE

    Different from hard or heady water stains in nature such that they are caused by the absorption of water into the stone causing temporary discoloration. This is common on unsealed granite surfaces. Don’t worry the discoloration will disappear as the water evaporates.

    HOW TO REMOVE HARD WATER STAINS FROM GRANITE

    Caused by hard or heavy water and is most often associated with calcium deposits is not an issue you only have in your car during acid rains. It is also a problem that is very common in the kitchen. These can be addressed by using a mild detergent and a brush with soft bristles.


  • I would start with a little baking soda and water paste. If you want a pro opinion or product, you can call a kitchen design store - or even Home Depot or Lowes - and ask about one.

  • Annie Annie on Nov 18, 2021

    Have you seen this? They used acetone

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPPFe8902Zg

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 18, 2021

    Hello. It might depend on the type of stain before giving a general answer or recommendation. Here’s a link for your further details.


    https://www.granitegold.com/removing-stains-from-granite/

  • Janice Janice on Nov 18, 2021

    A thick paste of baking soda and water has worked for staining on my counters; however it likely depends on what the stain is.....tomato based products can be more difficult. Main thing to know is to not use an acidic formula on the natural stone.

  • Make a paste with baking soda and water. Spread it over the stain and cover with plastic wrap. Let it sit for 24 hours.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 19, 2021

    Mix a poultice paste of baking soda and water (for oil-based stains), or baking soda and peroxide (for others), until it's as thick as peanut butter. Spread the mixture over the spot, cover it with plastic wrap that you've poked a few holes in, and secure it with masking tape. Let the poultice paste stand for 24 hours. Never use ammonia, vinegar or citrus cleaners. I use this to keep my granite clean Granite (or any counter-top) shine/cleaner ~ Take a spray bottle, fill it about 1/8th full with rubbing alcohol, add a drop of Dawn dish washing soap, a few drops of scented oil (optional, but makes it smell so good), fill the rest of the way with water, shake together, and you’re good to go! It makes your granite (or any counter-top) shine and feel so smooth at a fraction of the price


  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 19, 2021

    Hi Em: Here's a site that has loads of ideas. Just read the description below the rectangles, and the ones above the site, for some ideas. Left click on the one you want more information about and it will come up for you. The big X on the upper right will take you back to the original site./


    https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=how+to+remove+stains+on+granite+countertops&qpvt=how+to+remove+stains+on+granite+countertops&tsc=ImageHoverTitle&FORM=IGRE


    Good luck

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Nov 20, 2021

    Hi there, it depends very much on what type of stain or what caused the stain. This handy article will help you figure out how to remove the stains - https://www.granitegold.com/removing-stains-from-granite/

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 22, 2021

    What type of stain and how long has it been there? Those will be key to figuring out if it is possible to remove.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree 7 days ago

    Mix a poultice paste of baking soda and water (for oil-based stains), or baking soda and peroxide (for others), until it's as thick as peanut butter. Spread the mixture over the spot, cover it with plastic wrap that you've poked a few holes in, and secure it with masking tape. Let the poultice paste stand for 24 hours.