February 16, 2010,
J.W. asks from Wylie, TX on February 15, 2010
Stain on Granite Countertop
We recently had a birthday party and I discovered some red fruit punch had spilled on our granite. Is there anything I can do to try and get the red spot out? I have tried soaking it with water and t has come out a little. Has anyone had success in this situation? Thanks so much!
So What Happened?™
I used the flour, soap, and water method, and it worked great! Thank you everyone for your help! Now I just need to find a better seal for the granite :)
A.H. answers from Washington DC on February 15, 2010
I found this at a website:
How to remove stains on you granite countertops
Do not panic if you stain your granite, because you can easily clean off stains with a few household items. Depending on the kind of stain, you may need to use different mixtures.
If the stain is heavy and cannot be removed by simple warm water and mild dishwashing liquid, then create this sure-fire formula – combine together about one to two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid, one cup of flour, and just enough water until the solution becomes thick (about the same consistency as paste). Simply put this solution right over the stain. Cover the area with a plastic wrap. Leave it overnight. You can then scrape the mixture away gently, preferably using a wooden utensil. Rinse. The stain should be gone.
Oil stains such as grease stain, oil stain, or milk stain requires a different solution altogether. Combine together hydrogen peroxide (in place of dishwashing liquid), a cup of flour, and enough water to make a paste. You also need to put this solution on the stain, cover the area with plastic, and leave for about 12 hours. The stain should be gone when you scrape off the mixture in the morning.; If this does not work, replace the hydrogen peroxide with ammonia.
Is the stain organic (such as tea stains, coffee stains, or fruit stains)? Then you need to combine hydrogen peroxide (about 12% will do) with about two drops of ammonia. This solution should take organic stains off immediately.
If your child left marker stains from working on his artwork right on your countertop, do not worry – you can still remove them. Try either acetone or lacquer thinner – they are great for wiping marker stains off dark granite stones. Is your granite on the lighter shade? Then switch to hydrogen peroxide. If these chemicals do not work, then try a stronger formula – combine pure bleach and molding plaster to make a paste and then spread it over the ink stain (this also works for wine stains). Let it sit for about half an hour, then remove the paste and rinse the area.
They also mention something called " Stone soap" on this website that can be bought at Hardware Stores.
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K.S. answers from Minneapolis on February 16, 2010
SOL-U-MEL. It’s a natural product manufactured by Melaleuca that gets EVERYTHING out. It took out permanent marker from our couch upholstery.
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M.C. answers from Miami on February 15, 2010
I had a problem with wing sauce once and I just soaked it for a couple days with Windex and would wipe and wipe...If I'm not mistaken it took me a couple days to get it completely out...it was just constant work....I'm so sorry I wish I had a miracle cleaner for you...uggg...
G.R. answers from Dallas on February 16, 2010
i don't have an answer but you are done with the stain put some seal in the granite to prevent stains also remember do it every 6 months at least
V.B. answers from Dallas on February 16, 2010
Baking soda and water-make a paste and let it sit on the stain for a while and wipe off.
P.M. answers from Dallas on February 16, 2010
Baking soda....make a paste with water....
R.O. answers from Dallas on February 16, 2010
Granite is porous! U need to buy a pumus (sp) and mix it up to a paste. Put it on the stain and cover with saran over night. In the am, scrape it off. That will soak up the stain. Make sure u seal ur granite!