How To Clean Granite Countertops and Remove Hard Water Deposits Safely

How to remove hard water deposits and water stains safely from granite.

Close of up a shiny granite countertop - remove water stains and hard water deposits safely

Close up of Zep All Around OXY cleaner on granite countertop with arrows pointing to hard water deposits and water stains

I have a granite countertop in my bathroom (THE only bathroom that all 5 of us in the house share) and, unfortunately, we get water stains and hard water deposits on it and the build-up is nasty! It tends to drive me bonkers, especially with the granite because you have to be so careful about what you use on it.

How To Remove Water Stains and Hard Water Deposits SAFELY from Granite

Zep ZUAOCD32 Cleaner/Degreaser, 32 oz

I'm even careful when cleaning the sink portion (porcelain) and the fixtures that I only get the cleaning solution on them and NOT on the granite but NOW I use Zep All Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser on it all. The Zep not only removes regular everyday dirt and grime from the sink area but it also totally removes the hard water deposits.

Sink before using Zep with lime deposits on granite - how to remove water stains and hard water deposits from granite This is a nasty close up of the hard water deposits before. I know...YUCK

Cleaning product on granite countertop used to remove water stains and hard water deposits safely from graniteI sprayed my granite countertop, the fixtures, and the porcelain sink and then waited. Don't wait so long that everything dries. If you have build-up like I do give it a few minutes to work its way through the gunk and do its thing.

First pass with Zep for removing lime deposits, water stains, and hard water deposits from granite countertop in bathroom Then clean. Wipe off your surface and admire the sparkle.  The first spray removed almost all of the hard water deposits but I did apply it a second time to get rid of it all.  It was quite a build up!

Shiny granite countertop after using Zep to remove water stains and hard water deposits with text overlay

Here is the after....can you see the shine ~ the Zep and the Faucet are reflecting on the surface and there's no more gross, white, shadowy film (Hooray!!!).

Cleans Stains and Grease from Upholstery

Zep All Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser also cleans virtually any hard or soft surface. (I just bought a vintage overnight travel case that I plan on using it on).  It also POWERS out stains and grease and is safe not only on granite but upholstery and more.  Also, there are no harsh fumes.

Remove Red Wine, Blood, Fruit Juice, and More

It removes red wine, blood, fruit juice, urine stains, and dirt.  I followed my kids around for a week with the spray bottle ready but for the first time in ages they didn't get anything dirty. Kids....sheesh! Just when you want them to dirty something they don't.  The next time they do, though, I'll be ready with my Zep All Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser.
hugs, mb new logo March 2016

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  1. TwoPlusCute says:

    I don't have a granite countertop but cleaning tips come very handy. It made quite the difference around your faucet (though it already looked good).

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you! It seems the water just seems to "pool" around the faucet and I dry it off when I see it but it still dries and leaves that chalky area but now I spray it to keep it from building up - so much easier. 🙂

  2. Jennifer Priest says:

    Love these ideas and I definitely will look for Zep next time I am at the store! We have really bad hard water in our area and I am looking forward to getting rid of the white crusties on my faucets and counters.

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  4. My Life In Sweden says:

    Thanks for these great tips. I myself do not have any granite at home, but my mother do. So I will have to share this with her. Have a great weekend!

    Greetings from Sweden!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much and you have a great weekend as well. 🙂

  5. Deborah Smith says:

    Very good tips! We were painting yesterday and we forgot the brushes uncleaned for the night and now I am wondering how clean them so I will definitely use the vinegar tip! 🙂

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