Granite is an igneous rock made of silica, feld spar and quartz. It’s formed by the rapid cooling and solidification of lava or magma.
Since granite is exposed to extremely high temperatures and pressures when it’s being formed, it’s highly resistant to heat. However, although it’s tougher than many other manmade or natural surfaces, there is still the possibility of heat stains forming if you continually place hot pots and pans directly on your granite worktop.
Here are three solutions to removing heat stains from your granite workshop.
Apply Baby Oil
This is your first port of call if you find a heat stain on your granite worktop.
Apply some baby oil to the stain and leave for approximately 24 hours to allow the oil to soak in. Then take a soft, clean cloth and polish the affected area. Finally, clean the oil off with a mild detergent and some warm water.
If you find this doesn’t work, then you’ll have to make a poultice.
Baking Powder Poultice
Begin by mixing baking powder with water into a paste (you’re aiming for a similar consistency to sour cream).
Cover the heat stain with the paste. You need enough paste to cover the stain completely, to a depth of c. 1cm. Cover the paste with a piece of cling film, seal the edges to your worktop with masking tape, and punch a few holes in the cling film with a toothpick.
Depending on the depth of the stain, leave the poultice for 24 to 48 hours.
Remove the cling film and leave the paste to dry, before removing it with a rubber scraper. Finally, wipe down the area with a soft cloth and some mild detergent.
If baking powder poultice doesn’t work, you need to turn to a peroxide poultice. This won’t harm your granite worktop in any way.
For safety reasons, make sure you get the peroxide from a beauty or hairdresser supply store, and always wear rubber gloves when handling it. Pour the peroxide solution into a tray and soak eight to ten layers of paper towels. Cover the stain completely with the paper towels and remove all air bubbles.
Then, follow the same steps as when using a baking powder poultice, allowing the paper towels to thoroughly dry out before removing them.
Seal Your Granite Worktop
Keeping your granite worktop properly sealed will help in the prevention of stains, stop it becoming dull, and keep it looking its best. Tops should be resealed approximately every twelve months and after removing any stains. It’s a really quick process, taking about fifteen minutes.
Granite worktops are generally very resilient, which makes them an excellent choice when you are updating your old kitchen or building a new home.
If you have any questions about removing heat stains from granite worktops or want to request a quote for your project, contact Granite & Quartz Installations today. We can send you free samples, provide an obligation-free quote and deal with any other enquiries you may have.