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Removing Stains from Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are one of the most likable amenities in the kitchen. This natural stone looks glamorous in different patterns and colors suiting everyone’s aesthetic needs. Granite is durable and tough, but accidents can happen in the kitchen. 

The best part about granite is that it’s easy to maintain. Here are some ways to remove common types of stains from granite countertops. 

Oil-Based Stains

Oil-based stains can darken the granite surface and are hard to remove as oil doesn’t evaporate easily. This stain may be caused by cooking oil, grease, peanut butter, milk, or cream. The best way to remove it is to draw oil from the countertop.

You can clean the stain with a liquid cleanser by mixing a few drops of acetone or ammonia. If that doesn’t work, you can apply poultice for a few days

Organic Stains

Organic stains like food, coffee, wine, team, etc., are brown to pink in color and are very easy to remove compared to oil-based ones. 

You can spot clean the area with hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. However, be careful to not discolor the dark tones of the granite, because hydrogen peroxide tends to do that. After cleaning the area, you can dry it completely. 

In case the stain doesn’t go away, you can apply a poultice.

Granite countertop with metal appliances

Ink And Paint Stains

Paint and ink stains from pens and markers can be taken off using a lacquer thinner or hydrogen peroxide. While the former is better for dark tones, the latter is best for lighter tones (whites and off-whites). Please note that these are strong chemicals. So only use them to clean small spots to prevent discoloring your granite countertop.

You can also try to scrape the paint stain off the countertop using a razor blade. 

Rust Stains

Rust stains are colored like copper and are relatively easy to identify. You can often be hidden under the metallic items placed on the countertop. Therefore, the moment people notice these stains, it’s too late. 

Unfortunately, rust stains are difficult to remove. In some instances, they may be permanent. The best way to go about it is to apply the poultice solution. 

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