Q: I’m getting ring stains on my honed Absolute Black
Granite that is a year old. We’re careful about oil or anything acidic getting
on the granite, and it seems all stains present themselves in the form of ring.
Please advise as to what the issue may be, and if you
can recommend anything to get rid of the stain.
A: Honed black granite is very susceptible to staining, as well as
water marks that appear like stains. I would recommend applying a color
enhanced sealer, which will not only offer added protection, but will really
bring out the color of the granite.
The color enhancer may
or may not remove the stains. The issue here is that with Absolute Black
Granite, there have been many cases where it is not real Absolute Black
Granite. Instead, it's either dyed black or contains calcium binders, like
marble. To see if your stone contains calcium, pour a little lemon juice on an
inconspicuous area. If it turns gray, it is not true Absolute Black
Granite. You can also rub some acetone on an inconspicuous spot to
see if black dye comes off.
Your best bet is to
talk to a stone restoration professional.