Minnesota Granite Countertops: Avoiding & Removing Stains

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Having brand-new granite countertops in your Minnesota home is a lovely thing. However, it’s important to keep them looking their absolute best. Luckily, granite is very durable. However, it’s not invulnerable and can be stained.

Keep your granite counters clean

The best way to avoid stains is to keep your counters looking impeccable. You can purchase a cleaner designed specifically for granite countertops. These can be purchased at any local home improvement store. You can also take a DIY approach by mixing dishwashing soap with warm water. Clean the counters with this combination, and then rinse them off with clean water.

Oil based stains

If you have a stain that’s oil based (i.e. grease), you can remove it by creating a paste of flour or molding plaster and hydrogen peroxide. Place the mixture over the stain, cover it with plastic wrap and let it sit overnight. In the morning, scrape off the paste with a countertop safe tool and inspect it. If a stain is deep in the stone, it might be necessary to do this again.

Organic stains

Organic stains (coffee, tea, etc.) can be removed with a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and one to two drops of ammonia. Rub this on the granite until the stain is eradicated.

Other stains

If you have an ink or marker stain, you can remove it with acetone. Apply the cleaner to a clean cloth and rub it in circular motion on the ink until removed. You can purchase the acetone at a hardware or home improvement store. Handle according to the manufacturer’s instruction.

Never resort to using acid-based cleaners or scouring products to remove stubborn stains. These products can damage the surface. If you have a stubborn stain, then give us a call at 320-963-8677 and we can help.


Another way to prevent stains from occurring is to seal your counters every one to two years. If drops of water are failing to bead on the counter’s surface, it’s time to have it resealed.

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