How to Remove Turmeric Stains from Quartz Countertops [In a Blink of an Eye]

How to Remove Turmeric Stains from Quartz Countertops

Turmeric is a spice that has been used for centuries in Indian cuisine. It is also the main ingredient in curry powder. However, since it contains curcumin, the stain it leaves behind tends to be quite visible. In other words, you got no other option other than removing it. Nevertheless, surfaces such as quartz countertops cannot withstand all cleaners. For instance, alkaline cleaners and acidic ones are more likely to remove the stain but also harm your countertop.

Still, there are some DIY techniques and commercial cleaners that can get the job done. For the most part, these items are low-cost and straightforward to use, with quick payback times. Without wasting too much time, let’s have a look at these cleaners together.

I-How to Remove Turmeric Stains from Quartz Countertops

1-Baking Soda

When it comes to natural cleansers, baking soda will always be regarded as one of the finest. It’s non-toxic, simple to use, and safe for quartz countertops. The first step is to make a thick paste out of baking soda and water. After that, apply the paste to the stained area and wipe it away with a clean cloth.

For better results, you’ll need to combine baking soda with white vinegar. First, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the soiled area. Then, using a spray bottle, spray white vinegar using small quantities.

Once the mixture starts foaming and bubbling, you should stop adding white vinegar. After that, proceed as you’d when using baking soda with water. Please keep in mind that adding too much white vinegar can harm your countertop. As a result, we recommend using small quantities only.

One last thing, do NOT leave this combination on your countertop for an extended length of time. Instead, right after application, rub it with a cloth and thoroughly rinse your countertop.

2-Bar Keepers Friend

If you don’t feel comfortable using a baking soda technique, Bar Keepers Friend can be a great alternative solution. This product is effective, simple to use, and can be purchased either from a grocery store or from Amazon.

However, bear in mind that some versions of this product are pretty abrasive. As a result, we recommend getting the one suitable for quartz countertops.

All right, once you have got the right product on hand, apply it to the soiled area and follow the instructions to remove the turmeric stain. Rinse your countertop and enjoy its shine once again. If the stain refuses to leave your sight, you can repeat this operation a few more times.

3-Magic Eraser

With Magic Eraser, you won’t need to make any combination of products. Simply wet the sponges and start rubbing the stain. Do not rub too hard to not harm your countertop. If the stain is large or too old, then you might need more than one sponge to get the job done.

II-Products that You Should Avoid Using for Cleaning Your Quartz Countertop

While there are several effective DIY techniques, most of the cleaners you got under your kitchen sink shouldn’t be used on a quartz countertop. We urge against using household products simply because quartz is sensitive to high pH levels such as bleach or acidic ones such as vinegar. As a result, before using any product, make sure to check its pH level.

Now you’re probably wondering why we’ve recommended using vinegar with baking soda if vinegar can harm your countertop. Baking soda acts as a neutralizer, canceling out the acidity of the vinegar. At the same time, combining these two ingredients results in a chemical reaction that emits carbon dioxide. This gas aids in the removal of a variety of stains, including those caused by turmeric.

Remark: We highly recommend reaching out to the manufacturer/installer of your quartz countertop to know which products you can use and which ones you should avoid. This simple call can save you a lot of headaches and perhaps money.


Before we go, we’d like to point out that no matter how efficient these techniques are, we still recommend testing them on an inconspicuous portion of your countertop first. They’re indeed safe, yet doing so will prevent you from encountering unpleasant surprises.

In case you’ve missed it, we have recently published a similar guide on how to remove turmeric stain from a bathtub. If you’re one of those who use turmeric skin application, then the tips mentioned in that article can be pretty helpful for you.

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