How To Remove Water Stains From Your Granite Countertop

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If you are designing your new kitchen, you are likely hoping that you can put in granite countertops. After it is installed, it's important to wipe up every bit of water you see so that it doesn't stain or dull the beauty and shine of the surface. As time goes on, you might become a little less vigilant in wiping puddles of water quickly, but once it dries on your counter, you might have water stains that are difficult to remove. However, this guide provides some easy steps to remove them quickly.

Step 1: Procure the Needed Stain Removal Ammunition

  • gentle liquid dish soap
  • a soft-bristled brush
  • a clean cloth
  • a sponge
  • a towel (optional)
  • white vinegar

Step 2: Wash the Stain

Wet the sponge, and then add a little liquid dish soap and wash the water stain by wiping it down using as much pressure as you can. The sponge, along with the soap, provides enough texture to lift a large portion of the water stain. Depending on the size of the stain, this step should only take a few moments.

Step 3: Rinse Away the Soap

Using the clean cloth and a small amount of water, rinse the granite countertop of all remaining detergent. Be sure not to flood the countertop. If you use too much water, simply mop it up with a towel.

Step 4: Scrub With the Brush

Pour a little white vinegar on the area and scrub at any remaining water stain residue with the soft-bristled brush. Depending the severity of the stain, expect to spend several minutes working the vinegar into the stain with the brush. Even if you do not see any residue, there may still be specks of dried water on the granite, so don't skip this step.

Step 5: Rinse and Towel Dry

Rinse out the sponge completely and soak it with a small amount of water. Then rinse the countertop thoroughly. Once the area is rinsed clean of soap, vinegar and water stain debris, use the dry cloth to thoroughly dry the counter. Be sure the entire counter is dry to help prevent future water stains. Keep in mind that it may be necessary to spray a protective coating on the granite, since you just removed what coating was left there with the vinegar and the brush.

Keep this guide handy after you choose your granite at a company like Stone Forest Kitchen & Bath Center and your contractor installs it. If you have problems removing water rings or stains, ask your contractor for help.