Granite kitchen countertops are truly a luxurious addition to a kitchen. Granite counters add a touch of exquisite beauty to a home and kitchen. They can also be one of the most expensive additions to a kitchen. One of the drawbacks of having granite counters is the fact that granite absorbs liquids and stains because it is a porous natural stone. Red-Wine spilled on a granite countertop will almost certainly leave an ugly Red-Wine stain behind. Of course you know to wipe the spilled Red-Wine up immediately, but that does not always prevent the stain from forming especially on light colored granite countertops. One thing you definitely do not want to do is immediately try to clean the stain with a wet rag or sponge because the water will also seep into the granite and mix with the Red-Wine causing the stain to spread even more. When you wipe up spilled Red-Wine, wipe it up with a dry or barely damp cloth or paper towel, never with anything wet or damp.
Removing the Red-Wine Stain From Granite
Red-Wine stains can be drawn out of a granite kitchen countertops, but it usually requires several applications of a poultice to be successful. Depending on how big and dark the Red-Wine stain is, it can take 10, 12 or more applications to completely remove the stain, so do not get discouraged. Removing a Red-Wine stains patience. The end results will be worth the effort.
Making Your Own Poultice
Place white flour in a small jar or shallow container. Regular household cooking flour will work well.
Slowly add chlorine bleach while mixing continuously with a popsicle stick or tongue depressor. Use a higher end brand of bleach to avoid small iron particles which are usually present in lower quality bleaches. The small iron particles will rust and cause stains to form on your granite counters and sink deep into the stone.
Stir the white flour continuously while adding the bleach to form a thick, but pliable paste -- much like the consistency of toothpaste.
Spread the paste on the Red-Wine stains with a flat stick and allow it to sit for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Begin at the other edge of the Red-Wine stain and spread it toward the middle.
Wipe the paste off of the granite surface with a clean, soft dry rag. Begin at the outer edge of the stain and wipe toward the middle.
Squirt a little mild dish detergent onto a separate rag and work the detergent into the area where the paste was. Begin at the outside of the stain and work inward towards the middle in a circular motion.
Use a slightly damp sponge or rag to wipe up the detergent.
Repeat several times to remove the bleach from the surface of the granite countertop. If left the bleach can cause lightening and discoloration of the granite, which will stain out like a stain on the couter.
Wait at least 24 hours before re-applying the flour and bleach mixture. Be sure to follow the same steps and remove all bleach after the paste is wiped clean.
Continue to repe
at this process until the Red-Wine stain is gone from the granite.
Granite Countertop Tips
Apply a coat of wax to help protect the granite countertops from staining.
To avoid future stains have your countertops sealed professionally or seal them yourself. Do it yourself sealing of a grainte countertop is an easy project for any skill level homeowner.
If you do not seal the granite countertops or haven't had the chance to seal them, use coasters under wine glasses. Or better still, avoid pouring, drinking or cooking with Red-Wine until you have had the chance to seal the coutertops. Avoid taking a risk on spilling the Red-Wine on unprotected countertops.