There are many reasons why homeowners choose to install granite countertops. For starters, even with daily use, granite countertops can look great for years when properly cared for. The best part? They require very minimal care and maintenance. But what can you do about surface stains? Read on for tips for removing water stains and other types of stains from granite countertops in Northern Minnesota:
- Clean daily: Although the naturally occurring designs in granite stone easily obscure messes, you should wipe it down every day. All you need for daily cleaning is water and a mild soap or a natural cleaning product made especially for stone countertops. Avoid all acidic cleaning products and abrasives, as they can damage the sealant on your granite countertops.
- Wipe up spills immediately: Get in the habit of cleaning up spills and other wet messes as soon as they occur. While all spills have the potential to damage granite, the worst are acidic liquids like orange juice, lemon juice, red wine, sodas and certain household soaps. These types of liquids can break down the sealant and stain surfaces—don’t let spills sit for long!
- Remove water stains: This may surprise you, but water is another liquid that can stain granite counters. When water sits too long on your granite countertops, it can create stubborn water spots. The simplest way to remove water spots from granite is to wash the stains away with a mild detergent and water. Apply directly to the stain, then use a soft bristled brush to gently scrub the area. Rinse with clean water and pat dry.
- Remove stubborn stains: Some stains are more stubborn than others. For these, apply a paste of water and baking soda, or you can mix talc and a diluted solution of ammonia, hydrogen peroxide or bleach. Take a soft brush and gently work your chosen mixture into the stubborn stain. Rinse thoroughly, and repeat until the stain is gone.
- Deal with water rings: Set-in water rings around faucets are unsightly and can be difficult to scrub out. These particular types of water rings are the result of hard water sitting on the surface for too long, but that doesn’t mean they’re permanent. Try rubbing the ring with a Brillo pad or gently scraping at it with a razor blade. Use a soft, damp cloth to wipe away the residue.
- Attack persistent stains: You are bound to encounter very stubborn stains on your granite countertops. These stains might come out with the help of a poultice or extractor product made for use on granite. You can find these products at hardware stores and stone specialty stores, or you can make a paste at home using flour mixed with hydrogen peroxide. Take the thick paste and apply it generously to the stain, then cover with plastic wrap and secure the edges with painter’s tape. Let it sit for at least 24 hours before scraping up the paste and rinsing the surface with water.
For more information, or to browse our selection of granite countertops in Northern Minnesota, visit L & L Granite Countertops today!