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Does Turmeric Leave Stain On Quartz?

Does Turmeric Leave Stain On Quartz?

Yes. Turmeric seems to leave a stain on just about everything it touches. That yellow stain lingers behind and can be tricky to get rid of. But no fear, there are three possibilities to try and eliminate those pesky malingerers.

Before you resort to a more heavy-duty cleaning regimen, it’s worth noting that routine and regular maintenance is the most important aspect. Keep the counters as clean as possible while in use, and be sure to wipe off things that can stain quickly (like wine or turmeric). However, if the damage is already done, here are three hacks to restore your counters to their best. In all cases, it’s best to use a non-abrasive cleaning tool to ensure you don’t accidentally scratch or dull the counters. First off, try using a little acetone or nail polish remover on the spot. Pour it on and slowly work the stained area with a soft cloth. Some suggest using rubbing alcohol instead. The second solution is making a poultice from baking soda and water.

This hack is typically used on granite, but some have had success with it on quartz countertops as well. You want to make a thick paste out of baking soda and water, then smear that over the stained spots, cover it with plastic wrap (taping down the edges) and let it sit for at least a half hour. You can let it sit for up to 24 hours if the stain doesn’t budge after a short while. Then scrape off the paste and wipe the area clean with water. If, after all that, the stain won’t be lifted, there’s one last ditch effort, but you have to be careful while doing it. It’s using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. While this product feels light and fluffy, it’s a fine abrasive scrubber. Think of it like using really, really fine sandpaper.

The approach here is to dip it into warm water and very gently scrub in small circular motions for a few minutes. You don’t want to go too long or too hard because that could result in some damage to the quartz. A few people have had success using a small amount of bleach on the affected areas, but that’s typically a last resort option. It can mess with the resins in the countertop, causing discoloration or even damage to the countertops. So embark on that journey at your own risk. At the very least, you’d want to try it on an inconspicuous test spot first and give it at least 24 hours to see how the stone reacts before going hog wild with that approach.