Keeping your marble and granite countertops clean and beautiful requires some regular, proactive maintenance. However, even with the best cleaning regimen, stains will often develop on these surfaces. Typically stains develop because of a spill or are left behind after a glass has been set on the counter without a coaster. If you notice stains on your marble and granite, clean them up as quickly as possible while also being effective. Here are 5 granite and marble stain removal tips that you can use in your home to clean up stains efficiently.
- To remove stains, you can start by using a gentle, natural granite or marble cleaner. Be sure to buy a product that is meant for these materials specifically since they are designed to protect the surface and keep it in optimal condition. Regularly clears often have a high acidity and may begin to eat away and marble or granite, reducing their quality and potentially causing damage over time. You can also use this cleaner on a daily basis, not just when removing stains but also to prevent stains from developing or lingering on your countertops.
- When trying to get rid of a water stain, mix a gentle detergent with some water and apply to the impacted location on your granite or marble counter. Then, use a soft bristled brush to gently but firmly scrub the stained area to lift the stain. Rinse the spot with clean water afterwards and wipe dry.
- If a stain is much more stubborn and cannot be removed with a cleaner or with water and detergent, you may need to get a bit more aggressive. Make a paste using baking soda and water or a diluted solution of ammonia, bleach or hydrogen peroxide and talc. Work this mixture into the stained area by scrubbing softly and lightly with a soft bristled brush. Then rinse thoroughly. Tough stains may require you to go through this process multiple times before results will be most noticeable, so be patient.
- Sometimes stains will set in around your sink faucet. This water is often hard water and has pooled frequently when you wash dishes or use the sink. To remove these, you can use a Brillo pad. You may also want to use a sharp razor to carefully and gentle scrape away the stain. Then, wipe away any leftover residue with a soft, damp towel or cloth.
- Finally, for the most serious stains on marble or granite, try using a poultice or an extractor. Using a poultice product specifically for granite or marble can be purchased at your local hardware store or a stone specialty shop with Marble & Granite Works. You can also create your own by mixing flour and hydrogen peroxide. This will be a thick, pasty mixture that you can apply directly to the stain on your granite or made counter. Apply generously and then cover with a plastic sheet and tape the edge down with painter’s tape. Let the paste set for 24 hours. Finally, scrape the paste up and rinse the countertop with water to reveal clean counters that are stain free.
When cleaning marble or granite to remove stains, you want to be gentle on the material but you also want to be effective so that you can see results! Always use gentle, mild products or those that are specifically designed or these materials. While it is best to be proactive, accidents do happen. It is simply important that you handle the stain and treat it as soon as possible to reduce further damage and preserve the look and quality of your marble or granite counter tops.