How to Clean Stained Granite

It'll take a little elbow grease, but you can remove that stain on your granite countertop. Here's how to do it.

By Andra Chantim
Lemon Jen Gotch

“A cut lemon was left on my granite countertop and it created a big, white blotch.”

Joyce Smith, via Facebook

The fix: First, an explanation. The acid in lemon can corrode stone, leaving behind a white residue that’s similar to rust on metal. The bad news is that this is a tough stain. The good news? It is removable. Linda Cobb, the author of the Queen of Clean book series ($11, amazon.com), offers the following four-step plan. (1) Make a paste of 2 tablespoons baking soda and 1 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide (add more peroxide as needed until the paste becomes spreadable). (2) Using a washcloth, scrub the stain with the paste for 5 minutes. (3) Coat the stain with a thin layer of the paste and cover with plastic wrap; let sit overnight. (4) In the morning, when the paste has dried, remoisten the area with hydrogen peroxide, then wipe with a paper towel. Rinse with water and pat dry. Repeat if necessary.

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