Use mild dish soap and hot water
(also, orange and/or green Windex made
for use on granite countertops - read
label); dry thoroughly to avoid water
Do's and Don'ts:
Seal your countertops every six
months to a year with a stone sealer
(for polished granite).
Set hot pots and pans directly on
your granite countertops.
Cut directly on the granite
countertops, however, it may dull
your knives. (Also, be sure to
clean the area afterwards).
Use any cleaning product with
ammonia in it.
Allow any oil (i.e. pizza boxes)
or red wine spills to set on stone
Cut acidic materials/foods on
countertops (ex: oranges, lemons,
Stains from Stone
are several options available to you for
removing stains from granite or marble.
spill should be cleaned as soon as
possible. Blot spills with a paper
towel or clean rag. Wiping a spill
may spread it over a larger area, making
a larger mess. Use only cold water
and neutral cleaner. Rinse the
area several times. If a
stain is still present, a chemical
poultice may have to be applied.
using any chemicals of any kind until
you know which chemical cleaner to
use. Certain chemicals will react
differently with spilled material and
could make the stain permanent.
and marble are porous materials.
If not thoroughly sealed they may
stain. (Cleveland Granite seals
all tops upon installation, however, you
should reseal your tops once or twice
per year) The only way a stain can
me removed is to literally pull it out
of the stone with both a chemical and
material that will absorb the
stain. This chemical absorbent
material combination is what we call a
poultice. Poultices are commonly
powder or cloth materials that can be
mixed with a chemical and placed on top
of the stain.
Paper Towels, Cotton Balls, Gauze
Pads, and Clays such as Attapulgite,
Kaolin, Fuller's Earth Talc
Before you attempt to remove the
stain, it is extremely important to know
what has caused it. If you don't
know its best to refer to a stone
To Apply a Poultice, Take the
Clean the stained area with water
and stone soap. Remember to
blot rather than wipe.
Pre-wet the stained area with a
little water. Distilled water
Refer to the chart and determine
which chemical to use for the stain.
Mix the poultice material with
the selected chemical. Mix
until a thick paste
consistency is obtained.
Apply the paste to the stained
area, overlapping the stain by at
least 1/4. Do not make the
application too thick, or it will
take a long time to dry.
Cover the paste with a plastic
sandwich bag or food wrap.
Tape the plastic using a low-contact
Allow the paste to sit for 12-24
Remove the plastic cover and
check to see if the paste has
dried. If it has not, allow it
to sit uncovered until thoroughly
Once it is dry, remove the paste
by scraping and rinse the area.
Examine the stain. If it
still remains, but is somewhat
lighter, re-poultice until it is
gone. If the stain refuses to
disappear completely, contact a
Magic Marker etc
or a Degreaser