Cleaning wax from a quartz countertop can seem daunting, but with the right techniques and products, it can be done effectively. Quartz is an engineered stone made from natural quartz crystals and resin that creates a durable, stain-resistant, and low-maintenance surface. However, wax can be challenging to remove from quartz if allowed to dry and harden. With some elbow grease and using the proper cleaning solutions, you can get your quartz countertops looking clean and polished again.
What You’ll Need
- Dish soap or mild detergent
- White vinegar
- Baking soda
- Soft cloth, sponge, or nonabrasive scrub pad
- Plastic scraper or putty knife
- Heat gun or hairdryer (optional)
Try Dish Soap First
If the wax stain on the quartz is still fresh or soft, the first thing to try is a mild detergent or dish soap. Gently scrub the wax with a soft cloth, sponge or scrub pad and warm, soapy water. The surfactants in the dish soap can help break down the wax and allow it to be wiped away. Rinse well and dry thoroughly.
Use Vinegar or Baking Soda
For wax that has hardened on the surface, try mixing together warm water and white vinegar or baking soda to make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area, allowing it to sit for 5-10 minutes. This can help loosen and dissolve the dried wax. Gently scrub and wipe away. Repeat as needed for stubborn wax deposits. The acidic vinegar helps dissolve wax while the abrasive baking soda scrubs it away.
Try a Plastic Scraper
If there is a thick wax coating that soap and vinegar/baking soda can’t remove, you may need something with a bit more scraping power. A plastic putty knife or scraper can help chip away at hardened wax on quartz. Gently scrape the surface, taking care not to scratch the quartz. You can also heat the scraper for 30 seconds first to warm the blade—the heat will help melt the wax.
Use a Heat Gun
For a wax stain that just won’t budge, a heat gun or blow dryer can be used to re-melt and loosen the wax. Set the heat gun to the lowest setting and pass over the affected area, moving constantly, until the wax softens. Immediately wipe away the hot wax with a cloth. Be very careful not to overheat one spot as extreme heat can damage the quartz.
Clean and Re-seal
Once you’ve removed the wax, clean the entire surface with a quartz cleaner or rubbing alcohol to remove any residue. Use a microfiber cloth and rub in small, circular motions. Finally, apply a quartz sealer evenly across the countertop to help prevent future wax stains. Allow to dry completely before using the countertop again.
Tips for Removing Wax from Quartz
- Act quickly—fresh, soft wax comes up easier than old, hardened wax.
- Always use a gentle, circular scrubbing motion to avoid damaging the quartz surface.
- Spot test cleaning solutions first on an inconspicuous area.
- Avoid using sharp objects or abrasive pads that could scratch the quartz.
- Heat wax carefully moving constantly to avoid overheating one spot.
- Re-seal quartz after cleaning wax for added protection.
- For tough wax that won’t budge, call a professional for help. Improper DIY removal can damage quartz.
What Not to Do When Removing Wax
- Do not use harsh chemicals like bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or mineral spirits. This can discolor or etch the quartz.
- Avoid abrasive scrub pads and stiff brushes that could scratch the surface.
- Do not pick at dried wax—it could take the coating off with it.
- Do not apply too much heat in one spot when melting wax—quartz can crack or burn.
- Never use sharp objects like razor blades or knives to scrape at wax.
FAQs About Cleaning Wax Off Quartz
How did wax get on my quartz countertop?
Wax can get on quartz countertops in a few ways:
- Using wax-based cleaners or polishes
- Dripping candle wax
- Spills from wax paper or crayons
- Residue from wax-based arts/crafts projects
What is the best way to prevent wax stains?
- Avoid using wax-based cleaners and polishes on quartz.
- Use trivets and not place hot items from stove/oven directly on surface.
- Clean up wax spills like candle drips immediately before hardening.
- Re-seal quartz every 6-12 months.
Can I use a magic eraser to remove wax?
Magic erasers are too abrasive for quartz and should be avoided. The eraser can damage and dull the surface. Use soft cloths and non-abrasive scrub pads only.
How do I know if I got all the wax off my countertop?
Inspect closely under good lighting—any remaining wax will have a hazy, opaque appearance compared to the clear quartz around it. Wipe a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the area—if wax remains, it will re-congeal.
Should I re-seal my quartz after removing wax?
Yes, it’s a good idea to re-seal the entire surface after deep cleaning to remove wax. This helps fill any microscopic scratches and prevents future stains.
Can I polish my quartz after cleaning off wax?
You can use a quartz polish or sealant after cleaning wax to help restore the shine and smoothness. Avoid waxes, oils, or abrasive polishes. Get professional help for a damaged finish.
Wax stains can be frustrating, but with a bit of perseverance and the right gentle cleaning techniques, you can successfully remove wax from quartz. Always test in an inconspicuous spot first and take care not to damage the quartz finish. For best results, clean up any wax spills right away before the wax dries and bonds to the surface. With some mild detergent, vinegar, baking soda, plastic scrapers and heat, your quartz countertops will be looking clean and beautiful again after removing ugly wax residue. Just be patient, use gentle pressure, and re-seal once done to prevent future wax headaches.