As humans, we are all imperfect and can be clumsy from time to time, sometimes even at the expense of our prized possessions. Among the places more prone to accidents are in a kitchen, where all sorts of cooking messes can happen, and stains may seemingly magically appear on almost every surface available. Arguably, granite is one of the most popular covers used in kitchens, as they are sturdy enough for even the most massive pots. However, when granite surfaces meet oil, a dirty stain can be left behind. These stains may seem like they will never get off of your granite, no matter how hard you try, but fear not, as there are many useful ways on how to get grease stains off of granite (we can also help you get grease out of clothes).
Materials And Tools Needed To Get Grease Stains Off Of Granite
Before starting any cleaning processes, the first thing one should do is to prepare the necessary equipment and tools to clean granite. The items that one would need is baking powder or acetone, water, paper towels, a mixing bowl, a piece of plastic, some tape, a plastic scraper and a cloth. Gloves are not compulsory but are recommended for people with sensitive skin or for people who dislike getting dirty.
First Step: Dabbing The Granite And Mixing The Poultice
Firstly, start with dabbing the granite surface with dry paper towels to get as much of the oil out of the surface as possible. Next, one should mix water and baking powder to create a thick paste, also known as a poultice. The poultice should have the thickness of yogurt for it to be effective. Acetone can also take the place of baking powder. This process can be done with or without gloves.
Second Step: Apply The Poultice
After that, apply the poultice to the surface of the granite. Do take note that the poultice should cover the entire stain, and nothing more than that. Before applying, make sure that you have enough of the paste to cover the entire surface area of the stain for a quarter of an inch. The next step would be to use a piece of plastic to cover the poultice and to tape the plastic down to the granite.It would ensure that the poultice wouldn’t dry out before removing the stain. The poultice should be left for at least twelve hours, so it would be wise to start the removal process when no one is using the granite surface.
Third Step: Cleaning Up The Poultice
Once twelve hours have passed, one should remove the plastic. If the poultice is still wet, let it remain until it has dried. Then, remove the poultice with a plastic scraper, but be mindful of being gentle, or you would risk scratching the granite. Wipe the granite with a damp cloth. If the stain is still visible, then repeat the process.
All in all, granite surfaces can absorb a significant amount of oil, as granite in itself is a porous substance. However, there are many practical ways on how to get grease stains off of granite, such as the one stated above, or you can watch this video: