How to remove wine or strawberry stains from a granite countertop!

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Screaming Man

Late last night, to the horror of my eyes, I discovered that our beautiful new kitchen granite countertop had somehow become stained in multiple areas with what appeared to be some form of red color!

It took me a few minutes to calm down, but I realized that the previous day we had strawberry dessert with our dinner.  Somehow the darn mess must have eluded my wife and I once we cleaned up and went to bed.  So, there, in front of my eyes, roughly 24 hours later stood this bright red cluster of red spots sunken into our beautiful new kitchen counter, hideously laughing at me as I attempted all I knew trying to clean the redness away.Strawberry

Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, we attempted to use managed to even budge the stain away.  The professional granite cleaner, soap and water, and hardcore rubbing of the sponge or towel.  NADDA.  Hell, I even SPIT on the damn stain.  YUCK!   (yeah, that didn't work either)

After about 20 minutes of head pounding frustration I thought of only one possibility, GOOGLE.   I went ballistic online searching for tips on cleaning granite, specifically stains related to wine or fruit.

What I found was astounding, and it worked like a CHAMP!!

Ali Champ

What could this miracle cleaning cure be you ask????

PLASTER OF PARIS (molding plaster) and BLEACH

THAT"S IT!!!  Simply mix a little bit of the Plaster of Paris, available at any hardware store, with a little bit of bleach until you get a good paste.  You don't want the paste too watery and you don't want it too thick.  A little runny will do, but not so thin it doesn't scoop up with a spoon.  I'd recommend using an old glass dish for mixing, as you can easily clean it afterwords with warm water, even if the plaster hardens.

***IMPORTANT!!!!  DO NOT THROW THE UNUSED PLASTER MIX DOWN THE DRAIN OR TOILET.  I highly recommend just dumping it into a garbage can bag or tossing it some other way that doesn't not involve your plumbing.***

Once you have enough to cover your stain, just plop some on and wait approximately 30 minutes.   After 30 minutes, take a very wet sponge and wipe away the hardened plaster.  I held my breath during the first application, but I must admit, this literally cleaned up everything!!!   One of our stains took 3 applications to get up, but low and behold eventually the red stain was gone!!!

Happy Cat

There you have it!!!  According to what I read this works great on wine stains and fruit stains. Hopefully this comes in handy for anyone who may have an unfortunate granite countertop spill of this nature to deal with.  The sheer ease of cleaning it was astounding and I would have never guessed it would work!

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Ellie McIntire
Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate - Ellicott City, MD
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....and I had no idea that granite would stain. Maybe I should google how to get my 2 year olds ink pen signature out of my leather sofa!!!!

Oct 01, 2008 01:57 PM #5
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Rick Zwierzynski
Real Estate Inspectors Group - Chicago, IL

As a home inspector I can greatly appreciate a solution to a problem that not many people would know the answer. I have run into a great many people with the concern of staining to their granite counter tops especially when they have kids. It has not happened to me yet, where I have inspected a home with a stained granite counter top, but it will be good to have this information that may save alot of greif and expense. Thanks.

Oct 10, 2008 05:27 AM #6
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 Drinking Red Wine there is always red wine in my house - I will need this for my granite someday! You are bookmarked! 





Oct 11, 2008 10:50 AM #7
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Lee Cunningham
Cunningham Team RE/MAX R.P. - Greenville, SC
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I like those kind of tips.  Thanks.

Oct 29, 2008 10:20 AM #8
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Terry Edwards

Nick, that was a good article.  I much prefer learning something from a post over misc. blather.

Oct 29, 2008 10:45 AM #9
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Jason Darko
Zilliant Innovations - Tile*Stone*Grout:Clean, Seal, Repair - Alpharetta, GA

Hey Nick,

Thank you for sharing!  If you happen to come across any other problems with your Tile, Stone, or Grout don't hesitate to email us.  We are actually in Atlanta, GA, but we handle Tile, Stone, and Grout Restoration.  So, we may be able to help you out in the future! :)

Michelle
Zilliant Innovations, Inc. Tile*Stone*Grout

Oct 29, 2008 08:35 PM #10
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Donald Bradbury
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Hey Nick.  Thanks for all the tips.  Happy Halloween

Don

Oct 31, 2008 06:59 PM #11
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Benita Gottfried
New Vision Interiors LLC - Hopatcong, NJ

very interesting tip, who would have thought of that. google is a wealth of info, i can't tell you how many times i get into a jam, and the first thing i do is run to my computer.

Nov 05, 2008 12:07 PM #12
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James Lockard
RE/MAX Properties - Saddle River - Allendale, NJ
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To prevent absorption into granite you can seal it with a special granite sealer.  Grandma alwyas told me an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  

Nov 18, 2008 06:31 PM #13
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Morris Childs
PEP source - Spartanburg, SC

Nick: This is one of the things that would really upset my wife. You were so smart to GOOGLE for a fix. This is an amazing fix and thanks for sharing it with us.

Apr 16, 2009 09:03 PM #14
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Donna

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!  I had the same strawberry "jam" occur after I left fresh strawberries on my new granite countertop overnight.  I was cetainly seeing "red" the next day.  My granite is gallo ornamental (beige) in color.  I was so pleased to find your post.   It worked like a charm.  Whew......disaster avoided!

Aug 09, 2009 06:57 PM #15
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Steven Lee
Xiamen Morestone Imp & Exp Co., Ltd - Barney, GA

sounds helpful to maintence the granite countertop. Quartz surface is more easy to maintence than natural granite. Quartz surface have uniform color, but granite has wonderful color and texture with natural taste.

Dec 15, 2009 06:15 AM #16
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Jeremiah
Worked perfect. Thanks for the tip!!!!
Oct 05, 2010 12:34 AM #17
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Karine

OH MY GOD THANK YOU SO MUCH! (And thank you for keeping your 3 years old entry on the web!!!) THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I left frozen strawberries on my granite counter overnight and woke up to a huge red mess. There was strawberry juice all over the counter as well as on my floors.  Fortunately I have dark wood floors and could clean that up easily, but the countertop... I could already see myself buying brand new countertops after only one month. I did try everything...  When I read your blog post, I ran to the store and bought plaster. EVERYTHING IS GONE! Even I can't quite remember where the stains were on the counter, and trust me, they were HUGE, and RED, and UGLY. 

Jul 14, 2011 10:28 AM #18
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Nancy

Thank you...heading out in the moring to the hardware store... I will let you know the results...our brand new light silver counter is currently having me see red... literally.

Aug 07, 2011 09:42 PM #19
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Lewis Lokitz

Re: red ine stain on new granite( it was sealed by the installers)..After using a granite cleaner, steam , and a flower/ bleach polstice over a 24 hour period the red wine stain was still there. We then tried the plaster of paris/bleach polstice. After the polstice hardened (a couple of hours) and we took a deep breath we removed the polstice with a paint scraper and the stain was completely gone. We purchased a dupont cleaner and polish for granite. I cleaned all the granite areas then used the polish. The granite has a beautiful shine, it is very smooth, and is now fully protected.  Whomever I spoke to said that upon seeing the spilled wine it should be blotted up with a dry cloth as water will make it worse given that granite is porous.

Oct 02, 2011 12:17 PM #20
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Wanda

Thank you Thank you!! This certainly works!!! Thanks a million...sure save me a ton of money!!!

Oct 04, 2011 09:58 PM #21
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Luke
I was super stoked when I found your post as my wife & I are @ her parents place in the Baja & like many other posters we stained the "new" granite.  It was  interesting tracking down bleach & plaster of paris in Mexico; which is cloralex & yeso blanco if anyone needs to know. We were a little sceptical so we found a test patch that the stove usually covers.  We applied the poultice & as  it didn't have any negative effects,  we moved on to the strawberry stains. Just like a miracle it pulled out the stain. Thank you Nick for taking the time to post this info & keeping it up. You helped alleviate a potentially stressful situation.  Cheers,
Mar 14, 2012 06:12 PM #22
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Rhoda
This awesome! We had a strawberry stain that was large dark red and ugly on our new granite counter top. The Plaster of Paris Dry Mix and Bleach mixture works. It took two applications and I let the mixture dry on the countertop for about one hour and then I used a spatula to scrape it off. It works, the stain is gone. Thanks for putting this on the internet.
Mar 19, 2014 02:12 PM #23
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Michael Curia
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Just curious, how many of you were advised to seal the counters or had them sealed by the installer? Is this advisable for kitchens?

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