7 Easy Ways to Remove Common Quartz Countertop Stains

Let me show you seven easy quartz countertop stain removal methods.

white quartz countertop stain removal

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that my beautiful quartz kitchen countertops were not as stain-resistant as the manufacturers promised they were.

It would have been helpful if the manufacturers acknowledged that whilst quartz is not completely stain resistant it is extremely resilient.

So if you have any tough stain or end up having one in the future. Here are some products that will take them off quickly and easily. 

I deliberately stained my precious countertops just to bring you the ultimate quartz stain removal guide. I specifically stained my countertops with:

quartz stain remover
  • Coffee
  • Wine
  • Turmeric
  • Permanent marker 
  • Pot scratches

This is purely to show the different types of stains you could encounter and the best cleaning hacks and products to get rid of them. 

Best Cleaning Products To Remove Stains From Quartz Countertops 

To remove a stain from quartz countertops, it is important to act quickly.

But don't panic, even if the stain has been there for a while.

I think it's worth choosing a different method depending on the type of stain so I put it all in a table to make it easy for you to reference. 

Cleaning Product

Best Stains to Treat

SCORE

The Pink Stuff/ Baking soda and water

Coffee, wine, turmeric, permanent marker, pot scratches and more

5/5

Cream Cleaner 

Coffee, wine, permanent marker, pot scratches

4/5

Bar Keeper's Friend

Coffee, wine, turmeric, permanent marker, pot scratches and more

5/5

Oxygen Bleach

Most stains + brightening your countertop

4/5

Magic Eraser

Coffee, wine and pot scratches

1.5/5

Vinegar

Hard water stains, soap scum, wine stains

1/5

Hydrogen Peroxide

Coffee, wine, pot scratches

3/5

#1 The Pink Stuff / Baking Soda Paste

quartz stain remover with the pink stuff

Ever since I discovered this cleaning paste, cleaning my countertops and even my troublesome composite sink has become a lot easier.

I use The Pink Stuff all the time to remove stubborn stains on my quartz surfaces and it does an incredible job everytime.

If you live in a country where you cannot access The Pink Stuff, you can make your own DIY Cleaning Paste with:

  •  Baking soda
  • A drop of dish soap
  • Water

Mix until it it's about the consistency of peanut butter. 

Method:

  1. Scoop The Pink Stuff or your homemade cleaning paste onto a sponge.
  2. Rub over the stain in a circular motion.
  3. Wipe with a damp microfiber cloth, then buff dry off with a soft cloth.

Best For: All kinds of stains including, coffee, wine, turmeric, permanent marker, pot scratches and more

#2 Cream Cleaner

quartz stain remover with cream cleaner

Just as versatile as the cleaning paste is this cream cleaner.

It is such a great product and I use it for most areas of the house including the bathrooms and toilets. 

It's also an excellent degreaser and I find it convenient to keep a bottle readily accessible under my sink for quick clean ups. 

Method:

  1. Apply a generous quirt of cream cleaner onto the affected area.
  2. Using a damp sponge, rub the cleaner in circular motions, applying moderate pressure for stubborn stains.
  3. Wet a soft cloth with some warm water and wipe till clean.
  4. For tougher stains, repeat steps 1-3 as needed.

Best For: All kinds of stains including, coffee, wine, permanent marker, pot scratches and more

#3 Bar Keepers Friend (Use with Caution)

quartz stain remover with bar keepers friend

While Bar Keepers Friend can be effective for stubborn stains, use this product only when absolutely necessary.

Whenever I use it, I see a clear difference in the surface texture of my quartz counters.

Although it gets most stains out, consider milder options first and only reach for Bar Keepers Friend when absolutely necessary.

Method:

  1. If using the powder version, sprinkle a minimal amount (think just a teaspoon or two) directly onto the stain. Avoid spreading it across a large area.
  2. Wet a soft sponge thoroughly, ensuring it's very damp but not dripping
  3. Work in circular motions, applying light pressure only over the stained area. Watch as the stain gradually lifts.
  4. Immediately wipe the entire surface with a clean, wet cloth to remove all traces of the powder. Traces of leftover products will keep working and could cause some damage to the surface.

Best For: All kinds of stains including, coffee, wine, turmeric, permanent marker, pot scratches and more

#4 Oxygen Bleach

quartz stain remover with oxygen bleach

Oxygen bleach is a cleaning powerhouse, that removes tough stains on quartz countertops and brightens them too.

Its primary strength is brightening and lightening the overall surface, so, if you're looking to revive and enhance the overall brightness of your countertops, here's how you can use oxygen bleach safely:

Method:

  1. Scoop a cap of oxygen bleach and mix in a bowl with a bit of hot/warm water.
  2. Mix to let it dissolve. Don't add too much water so you get a more concentrated liquid.
  3. When it cools slightly, pour over the affected area. If you need to brighten your countertop, pour into a spray bottle and spray over the entire countertop.
  4. You may also use a cloth to distribute over your counters if you don't have a spray bottle
  5. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  6. Wipe with a clean damp cloth.

Best For: All kinds of stains including, coffee, wine, permanent marker, pot scratches and more. Also great for improving the overall lightness/ brightness of your entire countertops. 

#5 Magic Eraser

quartz stain remover with magic eraser

Magic Erasers/ Melamine sponges are the perfect helping hand in any household. They also work great on some quartz stains too.

I reach for this when it's a very small stain, like the base of my pot leaving a mark on my counter surface. 

I must warn you that this is the slowest stain removal method but if you have a very small stain or are trying to avoid chemicals, then it's the best option.

Method:

  1. Run a sponge under the tap and squeeze it firmly so that it's damp and not dripping.
  2. Gently rub the damp sponge in a circular motion directly over the small stain, applying light pressure. Be patient; removing the mark may take longer than you expect.
  3. If the stain persists, continue cleaning with the Magic Eraser or consider trying another gentle cleaning method, like a baking soda paste.

Best For: Small hard water stains, soap scum and small surface stains like pot scratches.

#6 Vinegar

quartz stain remover with vinegar

Vinegar is the one product every household should have.

I love it because it is the best way to remove hard water spots or marks on my quartz countertops without damaging them.

Method:

  1. Mix a 1:1 ratio of water and vinegar
  2. Spray the vinegar solution onto the affected area
  3. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes
  4. Wipe with a damp cloth
  5. Repeat if needed

Best For: Hard water stains or spots and soap scum. Not the best for general stain removal.

#7 Hydrogen Peroxide

quartz stain remover with hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is also really great for stain removal on both quartz and natural stone countertops like granite.

When you mix it with baking soda, it creates a gentle stain removing paste without any harsh chemicals.

Here's how to use it:

  1. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make a thick spreadable paste.
  2. Apply to the affected area with and rub gently.
  3. Let it sit for 5-15 minutes depending on the stain intensity.
  4. Wipe off with a damp cloth

Best For: All kinds of stains including, coffee, wine, pot scratches and more.

Cleaning Products To Avoid On Quartz Countertops 

Before considering using a product on your quartz surface, remember that quartz is an engineered stone made from a mix of resin and ground quartz stone.

I spoke to our quartz manufacturers and they said very clearly that any product that breaks down resin is not going to be good for your quartz surfaces.

These are some cleaning products to avoid, however, it's not an exhaustive list. 

  • Bleach: This is an extremely harsh chemical to use on quartz surfaces. Chlorine bleach attacks the resin and shortens its lifespan over time.  
  • Steel Wool: This will scratch the surface of the stone and leave unsightly marks on your quartz surface.
  • Nail Polish Remover: It might be okay to use this on very small stains if you are desperate but reaching for it every time you have a stain can cause long term damage to your quartz surfaces.

More Quartz Maintenance Tips

If you would like to read in more detail, I share more quartz maintenance tips here.

Here's a short list:

  • Use a cutting board and don't cut directly on the surface of your quartz worktops
  • Don't place hot pans or pots directly on the surface of your worktops
  • Wipe up spills immediately before they get a chance to settle on the countertop surface
  • Use coasters when serving wine or tea to avoid drips or spills
  • Wipe your counters everyday, it helps it stay clean all year long. 

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Hey you, I’m Torera

Hey there! I am Torera, a home care and cleaning enthusiast with a mission to make cleaning as fun and easy as possible for women like you. As someone who had to learn everything from scratch, I have the mindset of a beginner and know exactly how to take you from A to Z. Let us ditch the overwhelm and create a space that is clean, cozy, and totally you!