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Granite Care Tips

Below are tips on how to care for your granite countertops. Granite is very hard to stain but in the rare case it does happen here are some tips on how to remove the stain.

Stain Removal Steps

Surface stains can often be removed by cleaning with an appropriate cleaning product or household chemical.

What Type of Stain is It?

The following sections describe the types of stains you may have to deal with and the appropriate household chemicals to use and how to prepare and apply a poultice to remove the stain.


(grease, plumbers’ putty, tar, cooking oil, milk, cosmetics)

An oil-based stain will darken the stone and normally must be chemically dissolved so the source of the stain can be flushed or rinsed away. Clean gently with a soft, liquid cleanser with one of the following: household detergent, mineral spirits, or acetone.


(coffee, tea, wine, fruit, tobacco, paper, food, urine, leaves, bark, bird droppings)

It May cause a pinkish-brown stain and may disappear after the source of the stain has been removed. Outdoors, with the sources removed, sun and rain action will generally bleach out the stains. Indoors, clean with 12% hydrogen peroxide (hair bleaching strength) and a few drops of ammonia.


(magic marker, pen, ink, paint)

On light-colored stones, clean with bleach or hydrogen peroxide. On dark-colored stones, clean with lacquer thinner or acetone. For paint, use a razor knife to remove.

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