How to Remove Stain from White Quartz Countertop


White quartz countertops are a popular choice for many homeowners due to their durability, stylish appearance, and low maintenance. However, like any surface, quartz can be susceptible to staining from spills and other messes. The good news is that white quartz is non-porous, so stains tend to sit on the surface rather than soak in. With the proper cleaning methods, even tough stains can be removed from quartz. This article will provide tips on how to remove various types of stains from white quartz countertops.

Cleaning Supplies You Will Need

Before tackling stains on your white quartz, assemble a few key cleaning supplies:

  • Mild dish soap or stone soap
  • Soft cloths and sponges
  • Non-abrasive scrub pad or brush
  • Clean water
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic scraper or putty knife
  • Eye protection and gloves

Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach, alkaline cleaners, or acidic cleaners, as these can etch or discolor the surface. Having the right tools on hand will make stain removal much easier.

How to Remove Common Stains from White Quartz

Here are some tips for getting out the most stubborn stains on white quartz countertops:

Food Stains

For stains caused by foods like wine, coffee, tea, juice, grease, oil, ketchup, etc. try this:

  1. Blot up any excess spilled liquid immediately with a paper towel. Avoid aggressive scrubbing.
  2. Mix a paste of baking soda and water and spread it over the stain.
  3. Allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes. The baking soda will help draw out the stain.
  4. Use a soft cloth, sponge, or non-abrasive pad to gently scrub the paste over the stain. Rinse thoroughly.
  5. If needed, repeat process using hydrogen peroxide instead of water to form paste. Rinse thoroughly.

Dye Transfer or Marker Stains

For stains caused by dyes, markers, or colored liquids:

  1. Wipe the area with isopropyl alcohol as soon as possible using a soft cloth.
  2. If any stain remains, make a paste with baking soda and water. Spread it on the stain and allow to sit briefly before scrubbing and rinsing.
  3. For stubborn stains, use hydrogen peroxide instead of water to form the paste.

Water Stains and Rings

For rings or spots caused by wet glasses:

  1. Rub the area with a cloth dampened with distilled white vinegar.
  2. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and dry completely with a soft cloth.
  3. For tough hard water stains, make a paste with baking soda and water. Spread on stain and allow to sit before rinsing.

Scratches and Etches

For light surface scratches or etches:

  1. Use a plastic putty knife or scraper to rub baking soda over the length of the scratch. Apply moderate pressure.
  2. Rinse thoroughly and dry the area completely.
  3. Repeat as needed for deeper scratches. This can help buff out minor imperfections.

For deeper scratches, a professional refinishing or hole filling may be required. Always use cutting boards and take care not to drop or move heavy objects on quartz to prevent deep scratches.

Preventing Future Stains

To keep your white quartz pristine and prevent stains going forward:

  • Use cutting boards, trivets and coasters religiously when prepping food, setting down hot items, or placing glasses.
  • Clean up spills immediately before they have a chance to set. A quick wipe is all it usually takes.
  • Routinely clean quartz with a mild soap and water. Avoid abrasive cleaners.
  • Consider sealing quartz every 1-2 years with a stone sealer to add protection.
  • Don’t use bleach, alkaline, or acidic cleaners which can damage and discolor the surface.

When to Call a Professional

If you’ve attempted to remove a stubborn stain using the steps provided without success, contact a professional countertop repair service. Professionals have access to more powerful cleaners and tools to remove difficult stains and may also be able to resurface lightly scratched or etched areas.

For deep scratches, chips, or other significant damage, fabrication specialists can fill holes and seams to restore your quartz back to its original beauty. The cost is a fraction of full replacement.


When cared for properly and kept free of stains, white quartz countertops will stay looking like new for many years. Keep this guide handy and refer to the stain removal techniques outlined whenever you encounter a spill or mess. With some gentle cleaning and patience, even the most stubborn stains can usually be removed from quartz surfaces. Taking quick action is key before stains have a chance to set and dry.

Frequently Asked Questions

What cleaners should be avoided on white quartz?

Avoid harsh chemicals like bleach, alkaline cleaners, acidic cleaners, or abrasive scrubbers. Always test cleaning products on an inconspicuous spot first.

Can stains come back after removal?

It’s possible for faint stain shadows or rings to return as moisture evaporates if the area is not thoroughly rinsed and dried after cleaning. Ensure you dry the area completely after rinsing off any cleaning solutions.

What if a stain won’t come out?

If a stain persists after trying the recommended removal techniques, contact a professional for more stubborn stains. Harsh or toxic chemicals should be avoided.

Can any stains permanently damage white quartz?

Prolonged exposure to very strong chemicals could potentially etch or discolor the surface. Most common household spills can be removed with proper cleaning methods.

How can I prevent quartz stains in the first place?

Use cutting boards, trivets, coasters, and placemats when prepping food or setting down glasses. Wipe up spills immediately. Clean regularly with mild soap. Consider applying a stone sealer to add protection.