Cleaning Supplies You Will Need
- Mild detergent or dish soap
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Soft cloth, sponge, or non-abrasive scrub pad
- Nylon brush
- Paint thinner or mineral spirits (for stubborn stains)
1. Try Easy Home Solutions First
For minor stains, begin by using a soft cloth or sponge dampened with warm water and a small amount of mild detergent. Gently scrub the stained area in circular motions. You can also make a paste with baking soda and water and lightly scrub the stain. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. Theseeasy home solutions often work for removing minor stains like coffee, tea, juice, food oils, etc.
2. Use Hydrogen Peroxide
For more stubborn stains, use 3% hydrogen peroxide. Apply it directly on the stain undiluted and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. The peroxide will bubble up and help break down the pigment molecules. After letting it sit, wipe off with a damp cloth. You can repeat this process a few times if the stain persists. Hydrogen peroxide works well for stains caused by spices, condiments, dyes, etc.
3. Try Mineral Spirits
For very stubborn stains that don’t budge, use mineral spirits. Carefully pour a small amount onto a soft cloth and gently rub the stained area. Take care not to get any on the countertop seams or edges. Mineral spirits help dissolve deep, dried-on stains. You may need to do a few applications. It works for stains caused by paint, glue, nail polish, permanent marker etc.
4. Use Paint Thinner/Acetone
For the most stubborn stains that mineral spirits cannot remove, use paint thinner or acetone. Similarly, apply a small amount to a soft cloth and blot the stain repeatedly until it fades. This is a very powerful solvent so use sparingly and cautiously. Avoid seams, edges and any decorative finishes. Acetone is effective for removing epoxy-based glues and adhesives.
5. Scrub with a Soft Brush
For stains covering a large area, use a soft nylon brush. Dip it in warm soapy water or the cleaning agent and gently scrub in a circular motion. Scrubbing helps agitate the stain which makes it easier to remove. Take care not to scrub too hard.
6. Rinse and Dry Completely
Once the stain appears gone, rinse thoroughly with clean water. Ensure all cleaning product residues are removed. Completely dry with a soft towel. Residual moisture can lead to buildup of mineral deposits.
- Act quickly to clean up spills before they have a chance to set in. The longer a stain sits, the harder it will be to remove.
- When using chemical solvents, work in a well-ventilated area and use gloves and eye protection.
- Do a test spot first when using strong chemicals like acetone or paint thinner.
- Avoid abrasive tools like steel wool or scouring pads as they can scratch the quartz surface.
- For food-related grease stains, use a degreasing cleaner made specifically for quartz.
- If the stain remains despite your best efforts, consider contacting a professional countertop cleaning service.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I prevent stains on my quartz countertop?
- Always use cutting boards, trivets and pan liners under hot pans or dishes.
- Clean up spills immediately before they set in.
- Use placemats under ceramic dishes or containers that can scratch the surface.
- Avoid exposing the countertop to strong chemicals like paint removers, oven cleaners etc.
How do I clean everyday stains on my quartz countertop?
For most daily stains, simply use a soft sponge or cloth with warm water and mild soap. For stubborn messes, apply baking soda and scrub gently. Rinse and wipe completely dry.
What are some of the worst stains for quartz?
Oil-based stains like grease, tar, and permanent marker can be difficult to remove from quartz. Certain chemicals like paint strippers, drain cleaners, and rust removers can also badly stain quartz.
Can I use bleach to clean my quartz countertop?
It is not recommended. While diluted bleach may disinfect, it can discolor or pit the quartz over time. Stick to gentle cleaners like dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda etc.
Will stain removing solutions damage my quartz countertop?
Chemical solvents like acetone, mineral spirits etc. can damage quartz if left to sit too long. Always start with the gentlest option first, do a spot test and rinse thoroughly after use. Avoid harsh abrasives.
Quartz countertops are very low-maintenance, but not 100% stain-proof. By using the right techniques and cleaners, most stains can be removed without too much effort. Start with gentler homemade solutions and then gradually move to stronger commercial products if needed. With some care and prompt cleanup of spills, your quartz countertops will stay looking like new for many years. Contact a professional if all else fails.