Tips for Removing Stains from Granite

If you have spent a small fortune installing granite into your home, you should know ahead of time how to take good care of it. Although granite is a durable natural stone and is less porous than other natural stones, needs special attention when it comes to cleaning granite.

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If you spill something on the granite floor, it’s important to clean it off as early as possible becaus of granite stain easily. To prevent stains, you should follow some simple directions. If you find out any type of stains while cleaning granite, first identify the type of stain. Once you identify the stain, use an appropriate granite cleaning solution to remove it.

Here we give tips for removing stains from granite:

Oil Based Stains:

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The oil based stains i.e. stains due to Cooking Oil, Grease will darken the stone and it usually needs to be chemically dissolved. Removing these kinds of stains is very easy. Make a paste from baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the oil stain and let it sit for five minutes. Remove the paste and wipe down the area with a damp cloth. Repeat this process several times for cleaning granite.  You can also use soft liquid cleanser, household detergent, ammonia, mineral spirit or acetone.

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Organic Stains:

The organic stains i.e. stains due to Fruit, Coffee, Food, Paper, Urine, Leaves, Bark, Bird Droppings, etc. causes a pinkish-brown stain that can disappear after you remove the source. You can clean stains with bleach cleaner, hydrogen peroxide and few drops of ammonia. If this type of stain appears on outside area, normal sun and rain action will generally bleach out the stain.

Inorganic Metal Stains:

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The metal stains i.e. stains due to Rust, Copper, Bronze, Iron are orange or brown in colour. It will leave the shape of the staining object like nails, bolts, screw, cans, flowerpots, etc. on the surface. Copper stains may look green or brown. Metal stains require poultice for removal.

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Biological Stains:

Biological stains i.e. stains due to Mildew, Algae, Fungi can be directly cleaned using water.  You can also use ammonia or bleach or hydrogen peroxide for cleaning granite stain.

Note: Do not mix bleach and ammonia as it produces toxic and harmful gas.

Ink Stains:

Ink stains i.e. stains due to Pen, Ink appears on light coloured granite. You can clean with bleach or hydrogen peroxide. On darker colour granite, try a solvent like lacquer thinner or acetone to remove granite stain.


Oil based paint, putty, preservative oils, and sealants may cause oily stains. You may remove paint stains with lacquer thinner or scrape off with knife. A heavy paint spill will require paint stripper.

Water Stain:

Water stains are ring appearing in the granite sealer (especially on black granite). Remove sealer with denatured alcohol.  Spray it on and rub in a circle with a clean cloth. Repeat this process several times.

Using above tips, removing stains from granite is very easy and makes your granite stain free.  Keep your granite looking beautiful with the above tips.

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