How to Remove & Stop Oil Stains on Counters

May 20, 2024

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ACooking Oil Stains Marble Granite Stone MA RIn oil spill or splatter on your stone countertop can be daunting. How do you tackle this problem effectively? As a reputable stone restoration company, we understand the significance of maintaining the beauty and integrity of your stone surfaces. Whether you’re a homeowner with a marble countertop, a business owner with stone tile floors, or a dedicated cook with a penchant for natural stone, protecting these surfaces from oil stains is paramount.

In this comprehensive guide, we will explore why oil can stain stone and provide proven strategies to prevent and rectify oil stains effectively.

Understanding the Culprit: Why Oil Stains Stone

Despite its durability and aesthetic appeal, natural stone is not impervious to staining. Oil is a primary culprit behind stains on stone surfaces. Its ability to penetrate the structure of various types of stone, including marble, slate, and limestone, poses a significant threat. Once absorbed, oil can leave unsightly stains, cause discoloration, and foster unsanitary conditions, particularly in more delicate stones.

How to Prevent Oil Stains on Counters

  1. Sealing: One of the least expensive preventive measures for protecting your stone surfaces is sealing them. Using a high-quality penetrating sealer fills the pores of your stone, giving you extra time to clean up spills before they turn into stains. If you have marble, travertine, or other natural stone countertops, regular sealing is beneficial. However, since stone protection technology is continuously improving, it’s wise to consult us. We can recommend the appropriate sealer for your specific type of stone and advise on how often it should be applied. Additionally, we offer full stone protection options that are guaranteed for up to 10 years.
  2. Protective Coatings: An impervious anti-etch coating can provide unparalleled protection for your stone surfaces, especially in high-traffic or food-preparation areas. Anti-etch coatings form a resilient shield against etching caused by acidic substances and thwart staining from oil-based liquids like cooking oil and salad dressings. This measure is particularly critical for white or light-colored marble countertops, which are more vulnerable to etching than other stone types.
  3. Regular Maintenance: Prevention serves as the cornerstone in shielding your stone surfaces from oil stains. Quickly wiping up spills using a soft cloth or paper towel is essential to prevent them from seeping into the stone. Avoid abrasive cleaners or scrubbing pads, which can scratch the stone surface and heighten its susceptibility to staining. Opt for a mild, pH-neutral cleaner specifically formulated for natural stone to maintain its pristine condition.
  4. Avoid Direct Contact: In environments where oily substances are present, cutting boards and mechanical barriers like trays (LIST) can protect against spills and stains. This simple practice significantly mitigates the risk of oil stains and prolongs the life of stone surfaces.

How to Remove Oil Stains

Should oil stain your stone surfaces, using a homemade stone countertop poultice might be a great DIY solution. A poultice can effectively draw the stain out of the stone, albeit requiring multiple applications in some instances. Consult our DIY recipe for a poultice to combat rust stains or utilize a suitable stripper degreaser for grease stains.

Professional Stone Consultation

If your stone surfaces succumb to oil stains or damage, entrust the restoration process to a reputable stone restoration company. Seasoned technicians have the expertise to assess the extent of the damage and recommend tailored solutions, including deep cleaning, stain removal, honing, and polishing. With our knowledge and specialized tools, companies like Boston Stone Restoration can restore your stone surfaces to like new and maximize their function.

Common Oil-Based Household Products

Not sure which products to watch out for? Here is a list of common oil-based household products to use caution with:

  • Cooking oils (olive oil, vegetable oil, coconut oil, etc.)
  • Salad dressings (vinaigrettes, creamy dressings, etc.)
  • Butter and margarine
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cooking sprays (olive oil spray, vegetable oil spray, etc.)
  • Condiments containing oil (mustard with oil, chili oil, etc.)
  • Sauces and marinades (soy sauce, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, etc.)
  • Nut butters (peanut butter, almond butter, etc.)
  • Shortening
  • Grease from cooking meats (bacon grease, sausage grease, etc.)
  • Hair oils and serums
  • Many skincare products (lotions, creams, etc.)
  • Makeup
  • Furniture polish
  • Lubricating oils (for machinery, tools, etc.)
  • Oil-based paints and stains
  • Insect repellents containing oils (citronella oil, eucalyptus oil, etc.)
  • Essential oils (lavender oil, tea tree oil, etc.)
  • Pet grooming products (shampoos, conditioners, etc.) containing oils.

To keep your stone surfaces looking their best and protect them from oil stains and other damage, consider professional help from a stone restoration company. With services like sealing and anti-etch coatings, we can extend the life and function of your surfaces. Our company offers a 10-year guarantee on our protection services. So, whether you’re a homeowner, business owner, cook or all of the above, investing in proactive maintenance can save you headaches down the road. When in doubt, turn to experts like us for guidance.

If you think your marble or natural stone could benefit, contact Boston Stone Restoration today at (781) 793-0700. We can apply to existing surfaces and pre-installation countertops fast!

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