How to Clean Granite Bench Tops

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A granite bench top can be a very appealing piece of furniture that you could have put either in your kitchen or out on your patio, or even in your back yard. With all of these potential locations, however, you will encounter a number of different stains and types of dirt that can really erode the shine and color of your granite. Granite is also difficult to get clean once it is dirty, so many people shy away from it. But there are ways that you can keep your granite bench tops clean and remove stains as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Stone soap
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Dish washing liquid
  • Bucket or bowl
  • Soft, clean rag
  • Plastic wrap
  • Wooden scraper
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Clean your granite bench top frequently. This will ensure that stains don't have as much time to set in. In fact, you will want to clean up any spill as soon as possible before it can soak in. Use stone soap or a light dish soap to clean the granite on a regular basis. Be sure to rinse the bench top off when you are finished cleaning it. The soap can ruin the shine of the stone if left on the surface.

  • Mix one cup of flour with two teaspoons of dish washing liquid into a paste.

  • Apply a coat of the paste on the location of a stain and cover with plastic wrap. Allow it to sit over night.

  • Scrape the mixture off of the granite with the wooden scraper and rinse the area with water. If the stain is still there, continue to Step 5.

  • Try the same mixture and same steps, but use hydrogen peroxide instead of dish washing liquid. This will work better on oil-based stains.

Tips & Warnings

  • Any more-drastic measure to clean a stain in granite should be done by a professional. There are ways to grind out set-in stains, but they can be dangerous to attempt on your own and may not be worth it in the end.
  • Never use products such as bleach on granite tops.

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