Grease has a way of soaking into granite and other natural stone, leaving a wet-looking spot behind. As a homeowner, it can be discouraging to see grease staining your beautiful granite surfaces. Knowing how to remove the grease and what you can do to prevent the grease from becoming a problem again in the future can help you maintain your countertops.
What can you do to remove grease from your granite countertops?
The best thing you can do to remove grease from your granite countertops is to create a poultice. A poultice is a mixture designed to wick away stains from your granite. You can buy stone poultices from stone supply stores, or you can make a poultice at your home using materials you may already have on hand.
To make your own poultice, you'll need acetone and unbleached flour. Acetone is sold in home improvement centers, hardware stores and paint supply stores. Mix together the acetone and flour until it creates a thick paste similar to peanut butter. Next, spread the paste over the stain until the stain is completely covered. Next, cover the flour and acetone with plastic wrap, and tape down the edges using masking tape or painter's tape. Leave the poultice in place overnight, and wipe it away in the morning.
After sitting overnight, the stain should be improved. If you can still see portions of the stain, repeat the process for one or two more nights, until the stain is completely gone.
How can you prevent grease from becoming a problem again in the future?
There are several things you can do to protect your granite from grease stains.
- Wipe up accidents immediately. Don't leave grease to sit on your countertops for any period of time. Keep a wet rag on hand to wipe grease away while cooking.
- Cover the countertop near the stove when grease is splattering in the pan. If you're cooking something that causes grease to splatter in the pan, keep the countertop closest to the stove covered with something protective, like a cookie sheet or a cutting board.
- Seal your granite countertops. Sealing your countertops on a regular basis will help the granite repel the grease, which can give you a little more time to clean up messes before they become a problem. Granite sealer is available for sale at stone supply stores and can be applied by a DIYer. Simply clean the countertops, spray on the sealer, leave it to sit for the recommended period of time, then wipe the sealer away. Follow all manufacturer's instructions to ensure that the sealer is properly applied.
Following these tips will help you care for your granite countertops for many years to come. For more information about what you can do to protect your granite countertops, talk to a qualified granite or stone dealer in your area.