How to Remove Stains from a Solid Surface Countertop

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-75
What You'll Need
Mild dish soap
Non-window ammonia-based cleaner
Mild household/abrasive cleaner
Bleach or disinfectant
Scrubbing sponge
Clean cloth

Stains on your solid surface countertop, whether liquid spills or food residues, are a disagreeable sight in your kitchen. Do not fret: these types of counters are best known for easy maintenance. Apart from being non-porous—which means stains do not penetrate the surface and become permanent—this type of countertop does not require over-the-top cleansers and materials for cleaning. Cleaning materials for your solid surface countertop are readily available right in your home.

Step 1 – Know the Surface of Your Countertop

Based on their finish, solid surface countertops are classified into 3 types: high-gloss, semi-gloss and matte finish. Know which type you have and what stained it before getting started. This helps you identify and use the appropriate cleansing agents for removing stains. Mild soap solutions are usually used for glossy finishes, while mild abrasive cleansers and even baking soda can be used for matte finishes.

Step 2 – Use a Mild Soap Solution

Dampen a cloth with a solution of mild dish soap or a non-window ammonia-based cleaner. Wipe down the stained surface in a circular motion until the stain is removed. Thoroughly rinse the area and dry completely with a clean cloth. Use this technique for everyday cleaning and maintenance.

Step 3 – Use Special Cleansers

Remove difficult stains such as hard water marks or food residues by washing your countertop with special cleansers. Soak the affected area for about 10 minutes using a mild household or abrasive cleaner. Windex or Lysol solutions are commonly used as cleansing agents. Then, using a scrubbing sponge such as Scotch Brite, rub the area carefully in a circular motion and rinse thoroughly. Be careful in choosing cleansing agents, never use floor stripper cleaners and oven cleaners as they have harsh chemicals that can diminish the color of your countertop. Also, be careful with scrubbing sponges as they may scratch the surface of your countertop if used excessively.

Step 4 – Disinfect Your Countertop

Use a mild household bleach solution disinfecting your countertop. Dilute it with water of equal parts and apply it using a damp cloth. Bleach may also be used in removing tougher stains. You may also use disposable disinfecting kitchen wipes. Wipe the surface thoroughly with a clean cloth afterwards.

Step 5 – Rinse Thoroughly

In almost every instance, rinse your countertop with water thoroughly and dry completely. Finish the procedure by polishing dry your countertop with a clean cloth. This is to restore its normal luster and remove hard water marks after cleaning.

Remember, however, to always refer to your countertop manufacturer’s cleaning guidelines and recommendations. It is also important to never expose your countertop to harsh chemicals such as paint removers, lacquer thinner, oven or drain cleaners to avoid further damage. If contact with these chemicals does occur, flush the area immediately with water.

And there you have it! Your solid surface countertop looks as if it has never been used or touched.