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Ask Allan: Granite Countertops

Allan offers up some suggestions for removing water stains from your granite countertops

By Allan Lockhart, Owner of North American Standards Property Management & Active Member of the Seaside Rotary Club in Playa del Carmen

Hi Allan, I have beautiful granite countertops in my new kitchen, and there seem to be some stains. I think they might be water or some other liquid. Do you have any suggestions as to how I can get rid of these stains?  Thanks,  Lee

Hi Lee, thank you for your question. The first thing I would like to mention is that whoever put in your countertops must not have sealed them.  If they were sealed, you would not have this problem. The only home remedy that I know of is to find some type of poultice. A poultice is a combination of a porous material such as flour, baking soda or paper towel and a solvent such as ammonia or peroxide which is applied to lift the molecules of the stain out of the surface. This is going to take some time and a lot of patience. Pour the solvent over the stain, let it set for a few hours and then pour the poultice over the liquid. Let this stand for 24 hours, and you should notice some change after you clean up the poultice and solvent. Repeat this process until the stain disappears. If this does not work, you might check your local home improvement store for a professional product. If this does not work, you might want to contact a professional and ask them to check the stain and make some suggestions. If any of these suggestions work, please remember to seal the countertop, so you won’t be dealing with this again in the future. Thanks again for your question.  Allan

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