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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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.

October 02, 2011 12:17 PM
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Wanda

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

October 04, 2011 09:58 PM
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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,
March 14, 2012 06:12 PM
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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.
March 19, 2014 02:12 PM
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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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