How to Get Ink Stains Out of Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are a popular choice for many homeowners due to their durability, aesthetics, and low maintenance. However, like any surface, quartz can become stained over time with spills and messes. Ink stains in particular can be tricky to remove given their stubborn nature. The good news is that with the right techniques and cleaning solutions, you can get ink stains out of quartz countertops.

What You’ll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Soft cloth, magic eraser, or non-abrasive scrub pad
  • Acetone (nail polish remover) – optional

Act Quickly for Fresh Stains

If you catch an ink stain right after it happens, acting quickly can help prevent the stain from setting into the quartz.

  • Blot up any excess ink with a paper towel or cloth. Don’t scrub at this point.
  • Mix a few drops of dish soap into some warm water. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into the solution and gently blot the stain. The soap helps break up the ink.
  • Rinse the area with clean water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
  • Check to see if the stain is gone. Repeat as needed.

Acting quickly prevents the ink from fully bonding to the quartz. However, set-in stains will require a bit more work.

Remove Set-In Ink Stains

For dried or stubborn ink stains, try the following methods:

Baking Soda Paste

  • Make a paste by mixing baking soda with just enough water to form a thick paste.
  • Using a soft cloth, magic eraser, or non-abrasive scrub pad, gently rub the paste onto the stain.
  • Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then rinse clean with water.
  • Repeat as needed until the stain fades.

Baking soda is a mild abrasive that can help lift stains without damaging the quartz.

Hydrogen Peroxide

  • Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water.
  • Dip a soft cloth into the solution and blot the stain.
  • Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing clean.
  • For tougher stains, apply undiluted hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain using a cotton swab.

Peroxide helps bleach and decolorize many types of stains. Be careful not to let it sit too long, as it can damage the quartz over time.

Acetone (Nail Polish Remover)

  • Dip a cotton ball in 100% acetone (nail polish remover).
  • Gently rub it onto the stain in a circular motion.
  • Rinse the area thoroughly with water once the stain lifts.

Acetone dissolves and breaks down many types of inks and dyes. Use this method sparingly and carefully test on an inconspicuous area first, as acetone can damage some quartz surfaces.

Tips for Prevention

While stains happen, you can take steps to prevent ink stains on your quartz:

  • Clean up spills right away, don’t let ink dry on the surface
  • Use coasters under glasses and bottles
  • Keep pens and markers capped when not in use
  • Use a sealing product to create a protective barrier
  • Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach or acidic cleaners

When to Call a Professional

If you’ve tried these methods without success, or if the stain has been set in for a long time, it may be time to call in a professional. Companies specializing in countertop repair have industrial-strength cleaning solutions and tools that can erase even the most stubborn stains without damaging the surface. This is especially recommended for large or very dark stains.

With the right cleaning methods and a bit of elbow grease, you can likely remove fresh ink stains from quartz yourself. But for older, stubborn stains, don’t hesitate to call in an expert for assistance. Taking quick action is key for ink stain removal success.