Removing Stains on Countertops

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Spills and general use can leave stains on your countertops. This is a page about removing stains on countertops.
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October 6, 2013

Dampen the counter top and sprinkle some good ol' baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) on the stain, just enough to cover it. With a little elbow grease, the stain will vanish.

Source: Baking soda is great for so many things - from being a natural tooth paste, to natural deodorant, and stainless steel sink shiner!

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June 4, 2005

A paste made with baking soda and water will take Kool-Aid stains out of counters.

By Tara

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September 30, 2013

Lacquer thinner will easily remove stains from Formica countertops. Be careful not to get it on the wood edge as it will also remove the finish on the edge.

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January 9, 2005

To remove a stain such as food color or fruit stains from a light-colored cabinet top, try putting some dishwasher soap, preferably gel, on a wet cloth and lay it on the stain. The stain should disappear within a few minutes. By Peanut Patty

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November 18, 2013

I used to decorate cakes for fun and always ended up with red food coloring on my counter tops. Then I discovered it could be removed by making a paste of cream of tartar and water.

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March 26, 2013

For wine stains, I just mix a molding plaster and then bleach it to form paste. Apply the paste on the stain and leave for 30 minutes then rinse with water.

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For organic stains like juice, tea and coffee, I use 3 drops of ammonia and 12 percent of hydrogen peroxide.

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How do I get coffee stains off of my white kitchen counter tops? It's worse than Kool-aid.

By Trudy from PA

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March 12, 2014

I used a kitchen mat to dry wet utensils, but the kitchen mat has left a dark print on the white counter top. How do I remove the dark stain? Please help.

By PB

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March 13, 20140 found this helpful
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The marks are from the dyes in the towel. You may want to try scrubbing the area with a moist sponge and baking soda.

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Then, if there are any marks left, bleach area and let set. Depending on the dye, it should come up.

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April 1, 2004

Does anyone know how to remove a coffee stain from a countertop? I have tried bleach, baking soda (it was old so I might need a new box), and oxyclean. Nothing has worked! Please help!

Becky

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By Diane (Guest Post)
April 4, 20040 found this helpful

That's a tough one. What I normally use is just soapy water. If that didn't work I would rub a little baking soda paste directly on the stain. Then if that didn't work I would work a little bleach into it. If you have already tried that, I am stumped.

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April 6, 20040 found this helpful

use a mr. clean magic eraser, they really do work, my father gets coffee all over the counter and these things get the stain up , no problem

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By Becki Harris (Guest Post)
April 13, 20040 found this helpful

Lay a plain white napkin or paper towel, folded, directly over the stained area of the counter. Pour on hydrogen peroxide to completely dampen the paper. Let it stand for 15 minutes. That should do the trick! Once the stain is off, wipe the counter with soapy water.

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Becki in Logansport, Indiana

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By Jacqui (Guest Post)
April 13, 20040 found this helpful

Ajax or comet (same thing basically) Pour some of the powder on the counter and get a wet rag or sponge and go over the spot until the stain comes off. I dont drink coffee, but when I spill KoolAid nothing takes it off better than comet! PS. GET THE AJAX OR COMET WITH BLEACH IN IT. IT works like a charm for koolaid. The best thing is, it is CHEAP and it works. I have tried baking soda and bleach before too, with no luck. I think the granules in the ajax/comet are just enough to take the grime and stain off with out scratching the counter.

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By pam (Guest Post)
May 26, 20040 found this helpful

coffee takes out coffee. put a little coffee on the spot on the counter and wipe.

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By suzanne (Guest Post)
October 25, 20040 found this helpful

Trying using oven cleaner from the dollar store. Spray on white counter top and leave it sit for a minute and wipe and rinse with a wet rag.

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It will leave your counter top white again

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By drew (Guest Post)
December 6, 20040 found this helpful

how bout out of carpet

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December 7, 20040 found this helpful

I had great luck removing coffee stains with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It seems to get stains off surfaces where nothing else has worked.
Susan from ThriftyFun

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By Sandy (Guest Post)
June 17, 20050 found this helpful

I use liquid Cascade dishwasher soap mixed with hot water. let sit for 15 minutes and coffee and tea stains are gone. This also works well for ice tea pitchers that are stained.

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By Genevieve (Guest Post)
September 6, 20060 found this helpful

I spilled some coffee on someones carpet at their beachhouse! I really need to know how to get it out! Please help!

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By Roni Simmona (Guest Post)
November 27, 20060 found this helpful

How to get a coffee stain off of clothing?

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By Leslie (Guest Post)
January 5, 20080 found this helpful

I just tried the Cascade dishwasher liquid tip I found on here and it worked great on both counter and carpet! Thanks!

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By Mrs. Jensen (Guest Post)
January 4, 20090 found this helpful

Any Carpet stains you can use shaving cream and a little elbow action. Takes it all out.

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September 21, 2010

I have a stain on my kitchen counter top that I am unable to remove. I think it is coffee or rust. I am sure the counter top is either Formica or a laminate.

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By Marlene from Phoenix, AZ

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August 21, 2019

How can I take this stain out? Lemon, WD40, and baking soda do not work.

Please, I need help.

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What can I use to remove stains on kitchen counter laminate? I've tried Oxy Clean paste, Clorox, Windex, Grease Lightening, baking soda paste, etc.

By Deborah Seeley from Vero Beach, FL

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October 2, 2011

How do I remove stains on Correll countertops and sinks? I have tried 1/4 cup bleach and filled up the sink with water. I have used Comet and Lime Away. I can a lot and the stain is from that.

By REB

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I have a hard top -counter but porous top in the kitchen. A few years have gone by and there are stains on it, near the sink and I have attempted to remove them and so far nothing has changed. It is white in color so everything shows on it. I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to remove them. I have used everything I can think of. Thanks so much!

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April 27, 2015

What can I use to remove toothpaste stains from a laminate bathroom counter top? Thus far I've used peroxide, bleach, various bathroom cleansers, ammonia, and CLR. Any one with experience with this stain problem? Thank you.

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August 17, 2014

I have a small (quarter sized) burn mark and 1.5 inch crack on my white countertop. Any suggestions to either replace the counter cheaply or repair it without any noticeable difference? I've already tried Magic Eraser, vinegar, baking soda and other cleaning products. The stain has faded, but still is somewhat visible and crack is still visible.

Thanks!

By Jackie

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November 7, 2013

I have pink Joss stick stains on white laminate. The sticks were laying on the counter behind sink at GD's residence and got wet, leaving behind bright pink staining. What is the best advice for removal of the stain, please?

By Carole M.

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June 7, 2013

I have coffee stains on my white kitchen countertop that will not go away. I have tried so many things on it, but am afraid to try anything industrial as I live in an apt.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

By Kat from PA

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How do I remove stains from the counter? I have tried vinegar and Ajax. I am not exactly sure what type of food stain it is.

By Marge B

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March 10, 2014

I have a grey shellacked countertop. It has a white cloudy discoloration on top from water. How can I fix it?

By Natasha

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