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Eric Stromer shows you how to easily remove stains from countertops for his GMC Trade Secret.
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How to Remove Stains from Countertops
Featured Pro: Eric Stromer Category: Home Improvement Time: 2:11
ERIC STROMER: Hey, I’m Eric Stromer. Everybody likes a sparkling, stain-free countertop. And in this GMC Trade Secret, I’m going to show you how to easily remove a variety of stains that commonly occur.
Now, even though it seems like common sense, most people ignore the first rule of stain removal when it comes to your countertops: Wipe up your spills as they happen. That’s right. The longer a spill stays on your countertop, the deeper it can soak into porous surfaces.
Now, this first kind of stain is also the most common. It’s an oil-based stain. Now, these result from a spillage of things like cream, butter, cooking oils and salad dressings. Your first reaction might be to try and rinse the area with water. Well, this isn’t what you want to do. Water only makes an oil stain settle further.
First, blot the stain with a clean, dry paper towel. Then wipe the area clean with a cloth soaked in ammonia, which is also the main ingredient in window cleaner. Next, dip a wad of paper towels in acetone and wipe the stain clean.
Now, another thing you can do is cover the stain with dry powder, like corn starch. That absorbs oil. The next morning, scrub the area with a detergent solution and a hard brush. Then wipe clean with paper towels and ammonia.
Next are beverage and organic stains. Now, these are stains from coffee, tea or soft drink spills. These stains are usually treatable with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and a little ammonia. Just soak a wad of paper towels with the mixture and gently wipe the affected area clean.
Finally, rust stains are something you will likely contend with at some point, if not on your kitchen countertop, then on your bathroom countertop. This type of stain usually occurs as a result of metallic items left too long in one place. In the case of rust, a commercial rust remover is really the only viable option. But be careful. These cleaners are usually pretty acidic and shouldn’t be left on the counter for any extended amount of time.
Stubborn stains on countertops can be pretty frustrating, but they don’t have to be permanent.
I’m Eric Stromer, and that’s your GMC Trade Secret.