How Can You Fix A Stain That Looks Wet On Your Granite Countertop?

"Wet spots" on your granite countertop are very likely not wet spots at all. Granite is a porous substance that can absorb oil or grease. Grease that touches your counters will leave a wet spot that cannot be wiped away with a cloth. Knowing what you can do about grease spots on your countertop can help you take care of your counters and extend their service life.

How can you fix a stain that looks wet on your granite countertop?

You can remove a wet spot from your granite countertop with a poultice. A poultice is an absorbent material that can suck the oil or grease out of your counters. You can obtain a poultice through a stone supply company, or you can make a poultice on your own.

How can you make a DIY poultice?

A poultice can be made by mixing together baking soda and water to create a thick paste, similar to peanut butter.

Once you've made a poultice, what should you do with it?

Spread the poultice on the counter over the wet spot, then cover the poultice with a plastic bag and tape the plastic bag to the counter. Leave the plastic bag in place over night, then remove the plastic in the morning. Wipe away the baking soda and clean your counter with a damp rag. Wipe the counter dry when you're finished. If the spot is still visible, repeat the process.

What can you do to protect your granite countertops in the future?

You can protect your counters from this type of problem in the future by wiping up any oil spills off your counter as quickly as possible. Don't allow any spills to linger on your counter while you're cooking.

You can further protect your counters from this problem by sealing the granite with granite sealer, available for sale in stone supply stores and in some home improvement centers. Sealing your granite makes it resistant to materials that might otherwise be absorbed into the stone.

How often does sealer need to be applied to your stone countertops?

The amount of time that you need to allow between seal coats depends on the type of sealer that you use. Read the manufacturer's instructions at the time of application to find out when the next round of sealer should be applied. In addition, you can also watch for signs that your counters need more sealer. Water that drips on a properly sealed countertop will bead up and sit on the surface of the counter without being absorbed for a long time. Water that falls on a countertop that is not properly sealed will immediately be absorbed into the counter. This is how you can tell it's time to re-seal your counters.

For more information, talk to a reputable granite countertop dealer or contractor in your area.