Stubborn stains causing you issues with your Colorado Springs granite surfaces? Here are a few quick tips for removing stains from your stone countertops.
Tip #1: Match the Right Chemical to the Type of Stain
It is important to match the right type of cleaning chemical to the exact type of stain. Here’s a handy guide to help:
- Organic Stains, Food, and Drinks: Hydrogen Peroxide, 30 to 40% by Volume.
- Inorganic Stains, Inks, Dyes, Dirt: Rubbing Alcohol for Inks and Dyes; Hydrogen Peroxide, 30 to 40% by volume for all others.
- Cooking Oil, Mineral Oils, Butter, Grease: Pure Acetone from a Hardware Store, Not Nail Polish Remover.
- Mold, Mildew: Household Bleach
- Metal, Rust, Copper: Iron-Out Powder
Tip #2: Make a Poultice to Eliminate Stubborn Stains
One of the quickest ways to remove stubborn stains is by making a poultice. This generally involves a powder plus a liquid, such as talc powder and hydrogen peroxide, but might be different depending on the type of stone countertop you have. Apply it directly over the stain so that the poultice layer is about a quarter of an inch thick. Cover with plastic wrap, tape down the edges, and wait twenty-four hours. Remove the plastic wrap and let the poultice dry completely, then remove the paste with a plastic scraper. This should lift the stain as you gently scrape away the poultice.
Tip #3: Understand When You Need to Call the Pros
Not all stains are easily remedied using do-it-yourself methods. If you’ve tried a particular method that didn’t work or the stain is worse than you originally thought, it might be time to call in a professional team for help. They will assist you in deciding if the issue is truly a stain that can be fixed or damage that needs repairing.
Adding granite countertops to your Colorado Springs home is a lot easier than you might think. Please call our Planet Granite team today for details.