There are plenty of ways that a quartz countertop can become stained. Given their most common location, the kitchen, it’s easy for them to get stained by things like sauces, condiments, oil, or even things like permanent markers or nail polish. Not to worry though – given that quartz countertops are low maintenance, it’s simple to remove stains from their surfaces. In this post from the Fox Granite blog, we’ll discuss how you can remove stains from your quartz countertops.
Many homeowners think that the “common-sense” cleaners are the best route to go when cleaning their quartz countertops – things like acetone or bleach. But, most homeowners are unaware that these kinds of harsh chemicals can be damaging to engineered quartz. One of the best things you can do to combat stains on your quartz countertop is to stop them before they set. If something has been spilled on your countertop, you can use a soft sponge or dishcloth dipped in warm water to scrub it away before it dries and becomes a legitimate stain. Other than a soft sponge or washcloth, all you need is baking soda or a liquid cleanser like Mr. Clean or Simple Green to get out the toughest stains from quartz countertops.
Removing Water Spots From Quartz Countertops
Water spots are by far the most common type of stain you’ll run into with your quartz countertops, especially near the sink. These water stains and spots can cause your countertop to lose its shine and luster rather quickly, and eventually, can even start to damage the seal of your countertop. Wiping up spills as soon as they take place is the best way to prevent water spots and stains.
If you’ve noticed that a water spot has turned into a stain, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water to remove it. Pour a small amount of the baking soda and water mixture over the stain, and rub the spot with a kitchen sponge or washcloth as you would when wiping down your counters routinely. Water spots, rings, and all other forms of water stains don’t stand a chance against the mixture of baking soda and water.
Removing More Stubborn Stains From Quartz Countertops
There are plenty of other opportunities for quartz countertops to be stained, especially in the kitchen. Things like spaghetti sauce, hot sauce, and brightly colored spices can leave tough stains on the surface of your quartz countertops. Not only can these tougher stains damage the finish of your countertop, but these stains can also alter the color of your quartz significantly. But, there are ways to remove these blemishes even if the stain has set in while retaining the color of your countertop.
First, try your handy mixture of baking soda and water on the stain to see if that takes care of it. If it doesn’t, something like Mr. Clean or Simple Green, or even an ordinary dishwashing detergent mixed with warm water, should be able to handle the toughest stains that quartz encounters, without damaging the finish.
It should be noted that you should never use abrasive cleaners – like Comet or Ajax – on your quartz countertops. These cleaners can scratch the surface of your countertops and permanently damage them.
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