Marble and granite counter tops are gorgeous but they are porous and will soak in liquids that can leave stains (even sitting water!) which can leave you confused and terrified to use the wrong product that will ruin it.
Many types of liquids and sauces can leave their mark including fruit juices, wine, coffee, tea, water, vinegar, vegetable and olive oils, ketchup, bbq sauce, etc, so it’s important to wipe up spills as they happen or you’ll be left with a stain.
So now you have a stain, what do you do to get rid of it? Here’s how:
Before you try to remove the stain, check to see if it is an actual stain or damage to the surface. If it’s damage, you don’t want to try to remove it, as it will just make it worse.
To determine if it is damage:
- Not caused by the stone absorbing an agent, but rather caused by damage to the surface.
- Corrosion, typically caused by acids, leaving “rings” or “water spots” that cannot be removed.
- You cannot remove a “stain” that is actually damage as it requires repairing/removing the damaged area.
So if you’ve determined that it is in fact a stain, you can use one these recipes to help rid of it.
Baking Soda Poultice:
- First blot the spot to lift as much of the substance as possible.
- Next, spray it with water.
- Now slather it completely with a paste made from baking soda and water (to the consistency of sour cream). Cover with plastic wrap.
- Leave covered for at least 24 hours, the baking soda will dry and pull up much of the stain.
- After 24 hours, remove the poultice and wash area with mild soap and water. Apply a fresh poultice if needed.
Flour & Liquid Soap Poultice:
1 cup unbleached flour
3 TBS liquid dishwashing detergent (no bleach, use a gentle soap like Ivory or Dawn)
- Mix the flour and soap together then add water until you have the consistency of sour cream.
- Cover the spot with the poultice so it’s about 1/4″ inch thick and overlaps it by about 1/4″.
- Cover with plastic wrap for 24 hours.
- Wash off poultice and surrounding area with soap and water. If spot is still there, re apply poultice.
Rubbing Alcohol Spray:
- Pour 1/8 cup of rubbing alcohol into a 16 oz. spray bottle. Add a couple drops of liquid dish detergent then fill the bottle with water. Shake before use. Spray area then wash.
- The quicker you wipe up the stains, the less likely one will form.
- Before trying one of these methods, try a small area first to ensure the color and surface is not affected.
- Check the stain as the poultice is applied, if you notice that the stain is getting lighter or reducing, you know the mix is working.
Who would have thought it could actually be that easy?