Quartz countertop on kitchen island.

What Can Stain Quartz Countertops?

Your beautiful quartz countertops are your pride and joy. You selected them because they’re durable and attractive — and you want to make sure they stay that way in-between visits from your regular cleaning company in Bucks County. Unlike some countertop materials, quartz doesn’t require sealing when used in the kitchen or bathroom, but it is not impervious to staining. A rundown of common stain offenders can help reduce the likelihood of unsightly stains.


It goes without saying that you need to wipe off any liquid spills on your quartz counters ASAP. This is certainly true of wine. But that glass of Merlot left to dry should be easy enough to remove if you arm yourself with specialty quartz cleaner and polish. Still, if cooking wine is the culprit and it’s made with balsamic vinegar, then the acidity can react with your countertop’s resin. For this reason, grab paper towels and sop up as much as possible as fast as possible when you first spill something.

Coffee or Tea

Coffee and tea both contain natural pigments that give them their iconic colors. These same pigments can wreak havoc on your quartz counters. Never leave coffee or tea spills to dry, or stains are sure to follow.

Nail Polish Remover

Pigments added to quartz when your countertops are fabricated give each slab of quartz its specific color. Pigments are essentially paint and make up to 90 percent of your countertops, so quartz surfaces are easily damaged by nail polish remover (or paint thinner, so keep projects using paint thinner off your counters).

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Whether it’s baking pans in the kitchen or curling irons in the bathroom, quartz is subject to damage and discoloration from heat. An easy solution to prevent unsightly heat stains? A trivet or hot pad.


Common cleaning products are tempting to use when cleaning quartz counters. However, abrasive cleaners can scratch the surface, making it easier for stains to occur when you spill fruit or tomato-based products on your counters. Solvent cleaners can react with the pigments in the quartz, causing additional damage. Only use cleaners approved for quartz.
Make sure your kitchen counters and other areas of the home get the regular cleaning they deserve. Reach out to Minch Professional Cleaning Services for house cleaning in Bucks County.