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Remove Grease Stains from Granite and Wood Deck

Granite is a type of sturdy, strong natural stone surface often used for flooring and countertops in homes. The porous nature of granite can cause it to absorb stains and become discolored if the stains are not tended to correctly.

You can remove grease stains, gently and effectively, from your granite surfaces. Correct stain removal procedures will ensure that your granite remains clean without being damaged by the wrong cleaners or cleaning processes.

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Remove Grease Stains from Granite

Pour baking soda on the grease stain on your granite surface immediately. Allow the baking soda to absorb the grease and oil as you prepare a paste for stain removal.

If the baking soda absorbs all the grease quickly, remove it with a hand broom and dust pan and apply more baking soda. Wet a paper towel that’s been folded to fit over the grease stain on your granite surface.

Pour a thick layer of baking soda onto the folded, wet paper towel. Sprinkle mineral spirits over the baking soda to create a thick wet paste. Sweep away any baking soda on your granite surface.

Apply the paste to your granite by placing it on the granite surface with the baking soda and mineral spirits side facing down.

Using a paste on granite removes the stain by wicking the stain up into the paste materials. Use a layer of plastic to cover the paste and prevent the grease for drying too quickly.

Allow it to remain on the grease stain on your granite surface for up to 48 hours. You can lift the corner of the paste to begin checking to see if the stain is gone after three hours.

Lift the paste off your granite surface. Dampen a paper towel with plain water and wipe up any baking soda residue. Dry with a paper towel.

Remove Oil Stains from a Wood Deck

Dark spots on your wood deck are typically the result of oil stains. Wood decks will quickly absorb cooking, motor, baby and other types of oils.

If possible, sprinkle baking soda on the fresh oil, allow the soda to soak the oil up for one hour, and then brush the baking soda off the deck.

If the oil has already been absorbed into the wood deck, removal becomes more difficult, but not impossible.

Apply one to two drops of dry-cleaning spot remover directly on the oil stains. Use a scrub brush to scrub the solution into the wood.

Continue applying the dry-cleaning solution, one drop at a time and scrubbing until the oil stains are no longer visible. Continue with the remaining steps if the stain persists. Fill a microwave-safe glass jar with equal parts distilled water and oxalic acid.

Oxalic acid is available at home improvement centers and is also called wood bleach. Place the jar in the microwave and heat for 30-second intervals until the contents are warm.

The mixture must stay warm during the stain-treatment process. Reheat the mixture in the microwave whenever it begins to cool. Dip a paintbrush into the oxalic acid mixture.

Brush a coating of the mixture over the oil stains. Let the mixture dry on the wood. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the oil stains are no longer visible.

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