How to Remove Stains from Counter Tops. Keeping your counter tops clean is a snap if you know a few tricks. Follow these steps to remove even the most stubborn stains.
General Counter Top Cleaning
Clean your counters regularly. Once stains set, the removal becomes more difficult so equip your counter with a paper towel roll that's in a handy spot for quick cleanups when something is spilled. Spot clean the counter as messes happen and do a thorough cleaning each evening at your post-dinner clean-up.
Use harsh cleaners sparingly but some harsh cleaners are the only thing that will clean a certain type of mess. If your counter is a sealed surface such as laminate or acrylic, bleach can do wonders for instantly taking out coffee stains or juice stains. It's also good for disinfecting after handling raw meat on the counter tops.
Move everything off the counter when cleaning it so you can clean behind appliances, decorations and canisters. This gives you a good chance to wipe that item down as well to keep it stain and dust free.
Spritz your counter with lemon juice or vinegar for an eco-friendly cleaning and odor removal alternative if you choose not to use a harsh cleanser. Lemon juice can bleach out many stains. You can also use a foam white stain eraser that's designed to clean counters. Clean your back splash as well. A vinegar and baking soda mixture can remove mildew stains on your back splash or in your grout.
Clean around the tap. Dirt, stains and bacteria can build up around the tap. Use an old toothbrush or scrub brush to get into all the grooves and get everything clean.
Wood Counter Tops
Dilute bleach with water and pour on stains.
Dry the area to prevent water stains.
Rub dried counter tops with linseed or salad oil to preserve the wood.
Spritz with lemon juice or vinegar regularly and dry the counter afterwards to keep it smelling fresh.
Marble Counter Tops
Clean messes as soon as possible as marble is porous. Mild and non-abrasive cleanser will generally clean most stains from marble as well as commercially available white stain eraser pads.
Use of Borax for marble counter top stains is generally considered safe. Rub the surface with a soft sponge and rinse and dry after removal of the stain.
Follow manufacturer care instructions for your marble or stone counter tops and seal the counters with specified sealant regularly.