remove limescale from granite

How to Remove Limescale from Granite

The best way to remove limescale from granite can vary depending on the type of granite and the severity of the limescale build-up. 

In this guide, we will explore a few different methods for getting limescale build-up off granite and restoring it to its former glory.


How to Remove Limescale from Granite Using a Limescale Remover Spray

remove limescale from granite with remover spray

A range of commercial limescale remover sprays are available to buy online and in hardware shops and supermarkets. 

Try to choose one that is advertised as being suitable for granite, as regular limescale removers are often acidic and can damage granite countertops.

A good choice is Lakeland Worktop Wonder, which is suitable for granite and marble.

Limescale removers usually come with instructions on the back, so you should follow them closely when using the spray.

Most sprays are used in the following way:

  1. Spray the limescale remover onto the granite surface.
  2. Allow the spray to sit on the surface for a few minutes. 
  3. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth to remove the limescale. 
  4. Rinse the surface with water and dry with a soft cloth.

This is the safest way to clean limescale from granite, as homemade limescale removers made using vinegar or lemon are acidic, so they can damage the sealant on granite countertops.


How to Remove Limescale from Granite Using Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda)

remove limescale on granite with bicarbonate of soda

Bicarbonate of soda is safe to use on granite. It is a natural cleaning agent that will not damage the surface of the granite.

Here’s how to use it to remove limescale from granite:

  1. Make a paste by mixing bicarbonate of soda with water.
  2. Apply the paste to the limescale deposits on the granite.
  3. Allow the paste to sit for several minutes.
  4. Scrub the limescale deposits with a soft-bristled brush.
  5. Rinse the area with clean water.


How to Scrape Limescale Off Granite

This method is a bit more aggressive, and has more potential to go wrong. Always test in an inconspicuous area first before using a sharp tool on the middle of your granite countertop!

There are a few ways to scrape off limescale, depending on the severity of the build-up. For light build-up, a soft cloth or sponge should do the trick. For more stubborn build-up, you may need to use a putty knife, razor blade, or other sharp tool.

If you’re using a razor blade or putty knife to remove limescale, follow these steps:

  1. Wet the surface of the limescale with water.
  2. Hold the razor at a 45-degree angle and scrape the limescale off.
  3. Rinse the area with water and dry it off.


How to Remove Limescale from Granite with Acetone

Remove Limescale from Granite with Acetone

Acetone can be used to clean limescale off granite surfaces. Here’s how:

  1. Pour a small amount of acetone onto a clean, dry cloth.
  2. Rub the cloth over the affected area of the granite in a circular motion.
  3. Continue rubbing until the limescale is removed.
  4. Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth.


Can You Use Viakal on Granite?

No, Viakal is not intended to be used on natural stone surfaces, including granite and marble. It’s better to use a limescale remover that is specifically designed to use on granite surfaces, such as Lakeland Worktop Wonder.