What To Do About Granite Counter Top Stains

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What To Do About Granite Counter Top Stains

 
     
          
 

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If you have noticed some staining on your granite counter tops, you might be interested in this.

 

Granite may look solid, but it is actually porous and can absorb spills if not sealed well.  If you have non oily stains, such as coffee, use concentrated hydrogen peroxide, found at any beauty supply store.  It is often labeled developer.  For oily stains, like salad dressing, use concentrated acetone.  It is different from nail polish remover.   Wearing rubber gloves, soak some paper towels in the peroxide or acetone, then layer them over the soiled area.  cover with plastic wrap, taping the edges.  Let site for 24 hours, then peel up the plastic, leaving the towels in place until dry.  Repeat until the stain is gone, then wipe with granite cleaner and coat with granite sealer.

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Lou Ludwig
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Kristin

Great tip . . . . good to know.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jan 30, 2014 02:02 AM #14
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Glad you liked it Lou!

Jan 30, 2014 02:33 AM #15
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Kristin:  Definitely sharing this ... and bookmarking for future reference.  Thanks!

Gene

Jan 30, 2014 02:47 AM #16
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Glad to hear it Gene :-

Jan 30, 2014 02:55 AM #17
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Toni Weidman
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I didn't realize granite got stains but it makes sense. These are great tips, Kristin. Thanks. 

Jan 30, 2014 03:15 AM #18
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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They sure do Toni!  I actually have silestone since it is alot less worrisome and less maintenance!

Jan 30, 2014 03:20 AM #19
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Cindy Edwards
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Great information Kristin,

I'm sure many homeowners had no idea.  I certainly didn't.

Jan 30, 2014 03:53 AM #20
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Rosie Moore
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Thanks so much for this tip! That is so cool. Hydrogen peroxide to the rescue!  I have a tip for you too that I learned a few months ago - Have you ever had a stubborn lock that you just couldn't open with a key due to dirt buildup? Simply rub the key near the tip of the pencil and viola! The lock should turn left and right effortlessly.

Jan 30, 2014 04:06 AM #21
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Thanks Cindy!

Rosie, that is a great tip!  I was thinking Wd40!  Thanks!

Jan 30, 2014 04:11 AM #22
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Gary Woltal
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Great distinction Kristin in solutions between oily and non oily granite stains. I will have to inspect my granite countertop materials and see if I need to do any work.

Jan 30, 2014 07:20 AM #23
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Thanks Gary, and sorry the referral didn't work out this time around...I will keep you in mind for the future too!

Jan 30, 2014 08:55 AM #24
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Kristin, God love ya--you always have great tips to share with the masses! I'm trying to see if I can include this on one of my Pinterest boards...

Jan 30, 2014 10:24 PM #25
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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Oh, you are too kind Gayle!  Have a great weekend :-)

Jan 30, 2014 10:47 PM #26
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing these tips. Many counter tops have stains that need to be removed.

Jan 30, 2014 11:45 PM #27
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Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
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You are most welcome Roy

Jan 30, 2014 11:55 PM #28
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Thats a heavy duty fix, thanks for the tip Kristin.

Jan 31, 2014 12:16 PM #29
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Gita Bantwal
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Kristin, Thank you for the tips. I will bookmark this and share with others

Jan 31, 2014 08:14 PM #30
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I think so too Bob!

Gita, sounds great!

Jan 31, 2014 11:37 PM #31
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Wayne Johnson
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Kristin-Great tip. I usually suggest people seal the granite counters. Now I'll have info on how to touch up minor flaws.

Feb 03, 2014 05:11 AM #32
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Wayne, glad you liked it!

Feb 03, 2014 07:02 AM #33
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