How do I clean granite countertops? They are darkening, and are bothered by water stains. Actually, they seem to stain very easily. Products advertised to clean granite and marble do not seem to work. Please help! They do not look good at all! Thanks in advance.
Daphne from Madison, WI
You are dealing with natural stone! I will suggest that you hire a professional Stone & Masonry Cleaning Service from your area. Think about how much you spent on that granite top! Why assume anymore responsibility on adding more damage to the cause of trying to remove the first one.
When you place the call for service, find out if they are certified in Stone & Masonry Restoration, How long they have been certified, how long they have hands on experience, what success rate do they have, do they have a customer feedback list they can offer,are they insured to cover the cost if they make matters worst, etc.etc! Get it in writing first before you sign the dotted line.
The problem with natural stone usually starts with acid stains ex. (tomatos,citrus,wines etc.) Alkalines also could damage the stone. When you purchased the granite, did they offer you a maintenance procedure at all?
In order to correct this problem, the granite has to be pumiced out rinsed and then impregnated with a sealer. To clean your granite, you should use a neutral cleaner and/or they have simple wipes you can keep on the counter.
Check with a reputable contractor by all means.
This advise is for your own good and I'm sure if you check around, you'll find out what I have explained to you is correct. Good luck in your search!
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Red dye from a floral arrangement stained granite a cemetery headstone. Does anyone know how to remove it?
I know Coca-Cola removes many stains (full sugar- not diet) - I don't think it would hurt to try it. They use it on the highways to remove oil spills so it could very well work.