7 Easy Ways to Remove Water Stains from Quartz Countertops

Looking for ways to remove water rings or hard water stains from your quartz countertops? I have got the perfect solutions. 

water stains on quartz countertops

Water stains on quartz may not be immediately obvious but the moment the light hits it, you can spot those annoying water rings from across the room. 

We have had our quartz kitchen and bathroom countertops for a little over a year now.

The sink is right on the island so I get more hard water stains on the surface than I would like.

Here are five ways I tackle the ring marks on them: 

#1 Vinegar

This is my go-to method for getting rid of water rings and limescale deposits around the tap.

Vinegar

However, be careful not to use undiluted vinegar, as it can damage your quartz surfaces over time.

Vinegar is amazing for removing hard water stains, but it's not an everyday cleaning product. Here's how to use it safely:

Method

  1. Dilute some white vinegar and warm water in a 1:1 ratio
  2. Pour in a spray bottle and spray over the affected area. You can also use a cloth to distribute the product
  3. Let it sit for 5-20 minutes depending on how much water spots you are dealing with
  4. You can cover it with a plastic wrap to prevent it from evaporating quickly
  5. Wipe with a damp cloth and dry off with a dry cloth
  6. Repeat if needed

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If you want a vinegar-water solution that lasts longer on your kitchen counter, mix with distilled water.

#2 Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is another natural product that is excellent for removing mineral deposits and water spots.

Hydrogen Peroxide

However, if it is used neat, it can erode the resin (which is what quartz is made of) over a long period. 

Here's how to use it to remove water stains

Method

  1. Mix some 1 part hydrogen peroxide with some 1 part clean water
  2. Spray or apply over the affected are and let it sit for 5 minutes
  3. Wipe with a damp cloth and dry off with a dry cloth
  4. Repeat if needed

#3 Baking Soda Paste

I love baking soda because it is one of the few products that won't damage the surface of the countertop and it removes tough stains.

Baking Soda

It has a grainy texture that gently buffs over stains and poses no damage to your quartz worktops.

Method

  1. Mix some baking soda with water to form a thick paste
  2. Scoop some onto a kitchen sponge and work in a circular motion over the stained area
  3. Wipe off with a damp cloth
  4. Dry with a dry cloth
  5. Repeat if needed

#4 Lemon Juice

Similar in acidity to vinegar, lemon juice is great for removing hard water stains.

Lemon

This is because the acidity breaks down the minerals in hard water.

However because the citric acid present in lemon is much weaker, you do not have to dilute it before using.

Method

1. Cut a lemon and squeeze the juice over the ring stains

2. Use the lemon as a sponge and work the juice over the affected areas, squeezing and rubbing as you go

3. Cover with plastic wrap to prevent the liquid from evaporating too quickly, however, this step is not compulsory

4. Wipe with a damp microfiber cloth and follow up with a dry microfiber cloth

#5 Magic Eraser

The Magic eraser or melamine sponge is an excellent tool to have at home.

Magic Eraser

I use it to remove stains from walls, skirting boards and so much more. They also work really well on small hard water stains. 

I only use them for small water stains on quartz counters because they require a lot of elbow grease on some stubborn stains. 

Method

1. Wet the sponge under a tap and squeeze off the excess.

2. Work over the surface of your countertops in a back and forth or in a circular motion, applying firm pressure as you go.

3. Keep doing that until the stain comes off.

4. If the stain doesn't come off, try some of the other methods I have listed.

#6 Citric Acid

Citric Acid crystals are far more concentrated than lemons making them excellent for removing water stains from your countertop.

 (See how I use it to remove toilet stains here)

Citric Acid

Method

1. Dissolve about two tablespoons of citric acid in hot water

2. Spray over the stone surface or apply with a soft cloth

3. Let it sit for 5 minutes or less

4. Wipe with a damp cloth and dry off with a dry microfibre cloth

#7 Dish Soap

Who knew that just soapy water was enough to remove hard water stains?

Dish soap

It is excellent but if I had started by offering this solution you may have skipped the article. Haha

Dish soap has so many uses and it makes an excellent quartz cleaner. 

Method

1. Pour a tiny drop of mild dish soap over the affected area

2. Work with a damp non-scratch sponge over the surface

3. Work firmly for a few seconds and wipe with a damp soft cloth

4. If you are still struggling to get the stains off, mix the dish soap with a drop of vinegar. 

NOTE

There are other ways to remove water stains from quartz. However, I liken them to bringing a gun to a knife fight. Water stains are the least problematic stains you can have so go gentle with getting rid of them.

How To Prevent Hard Water Stains On Quartz Countertops

how to clean water stains on quartz countertops

1. Wipe water spills immediately: If water sits on the surface and dries out it forms a stain and can build up after a while so be sure to wipe every single day.

2. Use coasters. Coasters will prevent water spills from for cups, mugs, and even bottles.

3. Clean daily. Daily cleaning is the best way to prevent any build up of dirt and keep your counters in good condition.

4. Avoid hot pots and pans. The manufacturs of our quartz countertop told us not to place hot pans or objects directly on the surface because they can damage the resin. This has nothing to do with water stains but rather with general maintenance. 

If you want more information on how to maintain your quartz countertops, I wrote a guide here.

Final Thoughts

I hope the methods I have shared prove to you that you do not need dangerously harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners to get rid of water stains on your quartz countertops. 

Some chemicals can cause permanent damage to the surface of your countertops so take extra caution before you go out and buy something. 

The most important tip I will share is that the importance of maintenance.

If you wipe up spills immediately they happen, thy won't get a chance to sit on your countertop. keeping a clean home is a habit you have to form.

It's not the easiest thing to learn but it's not impossible.


FAQs on Water Stains on Quartz Countertops

Does quartz countertops get water stains?

Although quartz is one of the best countertop options available, it is not completely resistant to water stains.

If hard water dries on it, it will leave a stain, although it may not be very visible in certain types of light.

The good news is that most stains can be easily removed with a gentle cleaner or a baking soda and water paste.

To prevent water stains from forming, wipe up any water spills as soon as they happen.

How to remove haze from quartz countertop?

Haze on quartz countertops is typically caused by a build-up of water stains and even cleaning products that have not been removed properly. To remove the haze, try the following: 

  • I recommend using a good quality quartz cleaner. Spray it on and let it sit for a minute, then wipe it off with a microfibre cloth.
  • If the haze is still present, try using a baking soda and water paste or a mixture of vinegar and water. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes before wiping it off.

What are these brown stains on my white quartz countertop?

If the brown stain in question is around a tap or fixture on your quartz countertop, it is most likely a mineral deposit.

Otherwise, brown stains can be caused by food or drinks.

Here's what I have done in the past to remove brown stains from my countertop:

  • If I am short on time, I use a commercial limescale remover. The trick is to not let it sit for longer than 30 seconds before wiping it completely off. This way, you can remove the stain without damaging the countertop material.
  • If I have a bit more time, I use a mixture of vinegar and water or a baking soda and water paste. Rub it in circular motions and then wipe it off.

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