Granite countertops are one of the most expensive parts of a kitchen. The counters are absolutely gorgeous when they are new. After all of the money invested in the countertops, it is a certainty that you want to keep them looking new and beautiful. Tea or coffee marks on granite kitchen countertops can really detract from the beauty because the mark stands out and becomes your focus. This is especially true when it comes to light colored granite countertops. Of course you can try to hide the marks with a pretty vase or a well placed towel, but you really want that awful mark to be gone. marks are more difficult to remove from natural stone because the stone is porous and marks seep into the granite.
Granite is a natural, porous stone that will absorb a mark rather than leave a mark sitting on its' surface. Always wipe coffee or tea spills up as soon as they happen to prevent marks from forming, but if you don't get to the spill in time or the coffee was hidden on the bottom of your cup leaving a perfect circle mark behind, the stain can be removed with a little know how and some elbow grease.
Granite Countertop Stain Remover
The best method for removing tea or coffee stains from your granite countertop is to make a poultice. A poultice work to pull the stain out and absorb it, leaving behind a dry powder which is easily cleaned up.
Making a Poultice
Buy white powdered chalk which is available at hardware stores, home improvement stores and paint stores.
Purchase hydrogen peroxide, the type used for bleaching hair, not the medicinal disinfectant. Hydrogen peroxide can be purchased at beauty supply stores, drug stores or online.
Place the white powdered chalk in a glass bowl or jar.
Slowly add the hydrogen peroxide to the powdered white chalk while continuously stirring to form a thick paste. Use a tongue depressor or posicle stick to stir the mixture and blend it well.
Spread the thick paste over the coffee or tea stain on the countertop. Use the popsicle stick or tongue depressor to spread the poultice. begin at the outer edge of the stain and spread the poultice toward the middle.
Apply 2 to 6 drops of non sudsing household ammonia on top of the paste.
Place plastic wrap over the paste.
Tape down all of the edges of the plastic wrap to secure them and not allow any fumes to escape. Use a light contact tape such as blue painters' masking tape to avoid sticky tape residue on the granite countertop.
Allow the poultice to sit on the granite stain overnight.
In the morning, remove the plastic wrap and tape.
Wipe the poultice away with a clean dry rag, beginning at the outer edge of the poultice and wipe in toward the middle.
Use a second clean dry rag to buff the surface.
This process usually has to be repeated two to four times to achieve a successful outcome, depending on the size and age of the stains.
Granite Stain-Removal Tips
After all stain-treatments are finished and the stain has been successfully removed, apply a coat of protective wax.
To avoid future stains, seal your granite countertops or have them professionally sealed.
Avoid using the cgranite countertops for preparing or serving foods and beverages or you run the risk of ruining your countertops.