How to Clean Rust Off Quartz Countertops

Cleaning rust stains off quartz countertops can seem daunting, but with the right techniques and products, it can be done. Quartz is an extremely durable non-porous surface, but it is not completely stain-proof. Follow these steps to safely remove rust without damaging your quartz.

What Causes Rust on Quartz?

Rust stains on quartz are typically caused by:

  • Leaving rusty pots, pans or utensils sitting on the countertop
  • Spilling liquids containing iron that oxidize and leave behind rust
  • Using rusty kitchen tools for food prep directly on the quartz

Iron oxide, which creates the rust color, can seep into the microscopic pores of quartz and cause stubborn staining. Thankfully these stains are only superficial and can be removed with a bit of effort.

Cleaning Supplies You’ll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Soft clean cloths
  • Magic eraser sponge
  • Plastic scraper (optional)
  • Protective gloves Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia or acidic cleaners as these can damage and dull the quartz over time. Stick to gentle cleaning solutions only.

Step-by-Step Guide to Remove Rust from Quartz

Step 1: Create a cleaning solution

Make a cleaning solution by mixing together:

  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 1 part warm water
  • Few drops of dish soap

The acidic vinegar helps dissolve rust while the dish soap works as a degreasing agent.

Step 2: Apply the solution and let it sit

Wearing gloves, apply the cleaning solution directly onto the rust stains using a soft cloth. Ensure the whole stain is soaked. Let the solution sit for 5-10 minutes. This gives the ingredients time to break down the rust.

Step 3: Scrub with a magic eraser

Use a damp magic eraser sponge to scrub the rust stained area in a circular motion. Apply light pressure and keep scrubbing until you see the orange stains lifting.

Rinse the magic eraser in water often to remove the rust residue. Scrub patiently without pressing too hard.

Step 4: Rinse and dry

Once the stain appears gone, rinse the area thoroughly with clean water to remove any vinegar residue. Wipe dry with a soft cloth.

Inspect under light to ensure the rust is completely gone. Repeat steps if needed for stubborn stains.

Step 5: Reseal if needed

For porous quartz that has lost its sealant, consider resealing the surface once it’s cleaned to prevent future stains. Use a quartz countertop sealer and apply as per manufacturer instructions.

And that’s it! With some gentle cleaning solutions and a little scrubbing, you can get your quartz counters looking brand new and rust-free again.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use bleach or acidic cleaners on quartz?

No, avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach, ammonia, acidic cleaners or abrasive scrubbers on quartz. Always test cleaners on a small inconspicuous spot first to check it is safe.

How can I prevent rust stains on my quartz?

  • Wipe spills quickly before they have a chance to set
  • Use coasters under cups and pots
  • Avoid leaving wet metal items sitting on quartz
  • Seal porous quartz countertops
  • Clean with gentle pH-neutral solutions

Can rust stains come back after removing them?

If the source of the rust isn’t eliminated, stains can return. Ensure to also clean any rusty cookware or utensils. Reseal porous quartz to help prevent stains from setting in again.

What happens if I can’t remove the rust stains completely?

For very stubborn rusts stains, you may need to use a stronger alkaline cleaner made specifically for quartz. Seek professional help from a countertop installer if stains refuse to budge. Natural weathering over time can also help fade stains.

Can I use other methods like baking soda or hydrogen peroxide?

Yes, you can try making a paste with baking soda and water or using hydrogen peroxide. However vinegar and dish soap work well for most rust stains. Always spot test other remedies first.


With a bit of scrubbing and the right gentle cleaning solutions, even stubborn rust stains on quartz can be removed. Just remember to act quickly as soon as you notice them, and take steps to prevent future stains. With proper care, your beautiful quartz counters will remain gorgeous and rust-free for years to come.