Removing Stains on Countertops

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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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August 29, 2010

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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August 29, 20100 found this helpful

Have you tried Barkeeper's Friend? It's like Comet or Ajax powder cleanser. I buy it at the grocery store, but it's also sold at Walmart and Target. It's milder than other abrasives.


Good luck! I love white, but sometimes it's so hard to maintain.


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August 30, 20100 found this helpful

I have green formica counter tops in my kitchen and they get stained with coffee and tea. I use clorox to remove the stains and it has not harmed the finish nor the color.

August 31, 20100 found this helpful

I'm a big fan of Mr. Clean eraser sponges. They really are great-I even use them on painted surfaces and all that comes off is the dirt. Wish I had invented them!

August 31, 20100 found this helpful

Just be careful you don't use anything abrasive. That breaks down the surface and it stains all the more easily. Lemon juice and salt has worked on some food stains and baking soda is a mild scrub if you really have to.


I have laminate counter tops (white with a light green vein) that are 40 years old and the surface finish has just recently broken down. I found a silicone sealer that I paint on. When it wears off I re-coat and that has helped maintain them a little longer.


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September 1, 20100 found this helpful

A little bleach water should do it. Rinse with vinegar because it neutralizes bleach.

December 9, 20100 found this helpful

I also use baking soda to clean the white countertops, works good also when you have stains from food coloring or kool-aid, works everytime

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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.



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. 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!



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.

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

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.

Becki in Logansport, Indiana

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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.

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.

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. It will leave your counter top white again

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

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.

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!

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

How to get a coffee stain off of clothing?

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!

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.

By Randall (Guest Post)
January 27, 20090 found this helpful

how about coffee stains on sheetrock wall? thanks in advance.

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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.

By Marlene from Phoenix, AZ


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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

Try chlorine bleach diluted a little.


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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

If you think it is rust, see if you can find a product called "Whink" It never fails to get rid of rust, if it is something else, I don't know if it will get rid of it. I know that the Ace Hardware stores used to carry it but don't know if they do now or not.


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September 22, 20100 found this helpful

Oops or GooGone should work. If they don't, the stain may be permanent.

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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.

Removing a Stain on a Laminate Countertop - orange stains on laminate countertop

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March 3, 2010

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


March 3, 20100 found this helpful

I have used a Magic Eraser on stubborn stains (like beet juice stains) on a light countertop. It was like magic.

March 4, 20100 found this helpful

Hi Deborah, I had the same problem and I purchased Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. It erases every stain I have used it on including counter-tops, walls,floors, soap scum in the shower, faucets, even leather athletic shoes, and very much more. I love this product. Make sure that you buy the eraser either with the scrubber or just the sponge, I buy both. hope this helps. Cathy West Palm Beach, FL


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March 5, 20100 found this helpful

It's not mentioned what kind of stains but I've removed even Sharpie Permanent Marker marks and even super glue with ease from my laminate counters using 'acetone' nail polish remover that I already had on hand.

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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.



October 3, 20110 found this helpful

Do you mean Corian counter top made by Dupont? If so you can try people that sell Corian counter tops in your area for help or try Corian can be sanded to remove stains but check with the counter people first.


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October 4, 20110 found this helpful

I am not familiar with that type of counter top, but I use a paste of baking soda and water to clean many surfaces, so you could try it. Just pour on a little baking soda and add a little water to it and scrub with a sponge or dishcloth. This has kept my counters stain free for over 10 years and is the only thing I have ever used in my oven which is also over 10 years old and looks almost new inside. I shine my stainless steel sinks with the same remedy. Also the porcelain sinks in the bathrooms.
Harlean from Arkansas

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April 29, 2016

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.


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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August 3, 2014

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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November 28, 2013

How do you remove scorch stains from kitchen counter tops?

By Joy

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April 21, 2013

I recently cleaned my oven racks on my counter top on top of paper. Now I have marks from the paper on the counter. I have removed the colour, but still can see the marks from where the paper was sitting. Any ideas? The counter top is stone.

By Jodie

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April 9, 2013

Can I use baking soda to clean non white counters? I have black dye stains which ran from cupcake paper on my dark brownish kitchen bench. How should I clean it? baking soda, vinegar, nail polish remover?

By Kelle

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August 6, 2014

This is a page about repairing marks on porcelain countertop. A porcelain finish can get marked and scratched. Removing or covering these blemishes can help it look better.

Porcelain Countertop


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