The kitchen plays a spectator for many mouth-watering dishes and your granite kitchen countertop sets the perfect stage. Granites countertops are beautiful, but we often find excuses to use them as cutting board, table for wine mixing, or to prepare beverages such as coffee, tea or juices. Stains on your granite kitchen countertops can be persistent, making the surface look ugly.
Granite kitchen countertops are wonderful interior decoration materials for home and office purposes. Available in vibrant colors and textures, they are the easiest makeover solutions for a rustic looking home. Use them as flooring materials, backsplashes, or countertops they make every corner look luxurious and every occasion auspicious. Use these smart tricks to keep granites looking new for years.
Removing tricky stains
Maintain the beauty of your granite is a tricky part! First you need to understand your granite before learning how to clean stains.
Granite is a crystalline, porous rock formed due to the cooling of molten lava. Minerals in it give a beautiful texture and appearance, which is visible on a polished surface. Even though it is tough, in the end it is a compact aggregate of minerals and vulnerable to stains and colors.
1. Sealers to prevent stains
Everyone agrees that prevention is a better alternative. But when was the last time you used your granite countertop to cut vegetable? Was it recently?
We are not surprised, as people often use countertops regularly during food preparation, after all they are considered stronger than steel. Stains play spoilsport to diminish their natural beauty. Sealers can be used to fill the pores on the granite surface so preventing stains from getting absorbed. Use sealers once a year or two to protect the surface from accidental staining.
2. Organic – wine, coffee, or tea stains
"Yesterday there was a party at home. 'Aargh' now I see wine stains on granite countertop!" Parties are fun, but stains on your granites are difficult ones to go. Use hydrogen peroxide to remove organic stains from a lighter granite, and lacquer thinner or acetone for darker granite. You can use the same to remove coffee or tea stains.
3. Inorganic – ink stains
Permanent marker pen ink stains are tough ones, after all they are prepared to last longer. They are similar to wine, coffee, or tea stains and hydrogen peroxide or acetone poultice overnight can remove them. Alternately cleaning alcohol can be used to remove these stains.
4. Oil or grease stains
Peek inside any kitchen in the world and you will find cooking oil, the amazing ingredient that makes every food taste rich and delicious! You may also find that it is the toughest stain on granite. How to remove oil stains from granite surfaces?
Make a paste of 1 cup flour and 1-2 tbsp mild hydrogen peroxide and apply on the oil stained surface. Keep it covered overnight and remove the washed material using a wooden utensil (to avoid accidental scratching of surface) in the morning. To remove grease stains you may also use acetone.