Granite is a very popular natural stone in many homes. Granite is a harder stone that is more scratch and stain resistant. However, just because it is more stain resistant than other stones doesn’t mean they will never get stains. As the granite’s sealer wears down, water and other stains can occur. When granite develops a stain there are steps you can take to remove the stain. Carpet Care 2000 will share how to remove stains on granite.
What is Etching & Stains on Granite?
Even though granite is a harder stone it is considered more delicate than synthetic countertop materials. Granite stone can develop etching or stains. It is important to be able to tell the difference between etching and stains. Etching is caused due to a reaction from an acidic or alkaline substance that came in contact with the stone. Etching often leaves an imprint into the stone and requires a professional repair service to remove the etching marks on the stone. Stain is when a liquid was absorbed into the stone. Water is the most common type of stain on granite which leaves behind a permanent wet spot on the stone. However, water is not always the cause of stains on granite.
Granite Stain Remover Poultice
A granite stain is caused by the absorption of moisture deep in the pores of granite. You will need a poultice based cleaner to remove the moisture in the stone. Poultice is super absorbent and can remove the moisture in the granite causing the stain. To remove the stain you will want to get a granite stain remover that is poultice based. One recommended granite stain remover that is poultice based is: Stone Care International Stain Remover. When removing a stain you will want to follow the granite stain removal directions. However, general rules apply. When applying the stain remover you will want to apply a ¼ inch thick application of the stain removing paste. You will want to cover the paste with a piece of plastic and then tape the edges to hold the plastic down. Poke a few tiny holes with a pin at the top of the plastic to allow air to escape. The paste will then need to time dry. Leave the poultice paste on the stain until it is fully dry which can take 12 to 24 hours. You can test the paste by poking it in the center. If it feels like dough, it is not dry enough. If the paste is hard, it is dry. When the paste is dry you can remove the plastic wrap. Gently remove the dried paste with a plastic scraper. After the paste is removed, clean the site with your preferred granite stone cleaner. Use a microfiber cloth and slowly rub the cleaner into the stone.
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Having a stain occur means the stone’s sealer has worn down. Water stains are a good sign that is it time to reseal your granite. However, make sure all of the stains are removed before resealing the stone or the stain will remain in the stone. Make sure before resealing your stone that all of the stains are removed first. For professional natural stone cleaning, sealing and much more, contact Carpet Care 2000 today.