A big stain on top of your beautiful granite countertop can be a real eyesore. Luckily, granite is fairly easy to clean if you know how to do it. The Stone Care Experts at Granite Gold® want to share a few methods for cleaning the various types of stains you might find on granite countertops.
Granite Cleaning Guidelines
When cleaning, it is best to use a soft cloth or Granite Gold Scrub Sponge®. Household scrubbing sponges can scratch the granite. Afterward, follow with a dry cloth to remove any moisture. It’s best to avoid common household cleaners as well because they can break down the protective seal on the granite, which increases the risk of stains, etches, and dullness.
Most water stains are temporary. You may see a discolored area where the granite has absorbed the water. However, as the water evaporates, the stained area should return to normal. Water can be blotted up quickly with a soft cloth or paper towel to reduce absorption. Granite need to be sealed with a granite sealer, which can help prevent staining.
Stains from organic materials can be caused by food items such as coffee, wine, or mustard as well as mold, plant runoff, and pet waste. To clean these types of stains, soak a paper towel, cotton balls, or white terrycloth towel and place it on the stain, then let it sit for 24 hours and rinse with water.
Mold and Mildew Stains
For mold or fungus, mix one part laundry bleach with one part water and spray it directly onto the surface, then scrub with a safe-on-stone scrub sponge like Granite Gold Scrub Sponge®. You can also use a nylon brush. Let this sit for 15 minutes, then rinse it with water.
These are the most common types of stains in kitchen areas, usually a result of spills or food preparation related to vegetable, olive, and other types of cooking oils. To lift the stain, mix baking soda with acetone into a paste at the consistency of pancake batter and place onto the stained area. Allow the paste to sit for 24 hours, then remove and rinse with water. Repeat if necessary. Some stains may require two or three attempts. Reseal the stone surface once this is completed.
Most rust stains have to be removed by a professional. Pour or spray 3 percent or 4 percent hydrogen peroxide on the stained area and agitate with a safe-on-stone scrubbing pad or nylon brush (also safe on stone) and allow to sit for 24 hours, then rinse with water.
One of the best ways to clean granite is with a specially formulated granite countertop cleaner. At Granite Gold®, we specialize in a wide array of products that can help keep your granite looking good as new. If you need help maintaining your countertops, give the stone care experts a call today at 1-800-475-STONE.