How to Remove Ink Stains From Countertop

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Ink stains on countertops are inevitable if you have pens lying around.
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Ink stains on countertops are inevitable if you have pens lying around. But you want to make sure you don't clean them up with cleaning agents that will do more harm than good. You can use products like bleach and baking soda, but you always need to test them out first, or else you'll end up with a bigger problem, like a bleach stain, on laminate countertop spaces.


Small Ink Stains

If you get ink stains on a natural stone countertop you first need to take into account the color of the surface before cleaning the ink. If the stone is dark colored, you can use acetone as your cleaning agent. If your stone is light colored, then you can use 20 percent hydrogen peroxide.

After you choose your cleaning agent, you can use a cotton swab that is dipped in the appropriate liquid. Make sure that you keep a soft cloth or sponge nearby so you can immediately wipe up any residual liquid with water.


To a remove small ink stains, first soak a cotton swab with your cleaning agent and apply it directly to the stain. Then, start cleaning in sections. After each section, wipe the area with your damp cloth or sponge. The reason why you need to wipe the area clean periodically is to prevent the cleaning agent from seeping into the natural stone. This could damage the material, potentially.

You can repeat the steps until the ink stains are all gone. When the ink stain is removed, wipe the entire area with a clean sponge and water. Then, dry the space so the stone doesn't form watermarks.


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Bleach on Countertops

A lot of people recommend that you can use bleach on countertops, and that is true. You just want to make sure that you don't leave the bleach on for a long time, or else you'll end up with a bleach stain on laminate countertop spaces. When you clean with bleach, some manufacturers recommend that you use undiluted bleach on stains, while others suggest that you don't even use bleach.


That's why it is super important that you read your manual. For the most part, you can use bleach, but if the manufacturer states explicitly not to, then don't even attempt to use it on your countertop. Always test bleach before using it. To do this, wipe a little bit on a less visible area. If you get any bleach stains, then do not use it in the future.

Baking Soda Quartz Countertops

Baking soda is a fantastic product if you have deep-set stains, especially if you need it for white quartz countertop stain removal. Standard household sprays do remove stubborn stains, but nothing works just as good as baking soda. Also, most likely, you already have some in your kitchen.


When using baking soda, it will work better if you make a paste out of a little bit of baking soda and water. Baking soda is a bit abrasive, so don't scrub it when trying to use the baking soda quartz countertops removal method. After you let the baking soda and water paste sit on your stain for about one to two hours, wipe it off gently. This paste also works well at getting rid of any bleach stain on laminate countertop spaces.

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Cautionary Cleaning Tip

When cleaning up your kitchen, whether it's a bleach stain on laminate countertop spaces, metal marks on or a rust stain on quartz countertop, you have to make sure that you never mix cleaning agents or chemicals. Not only can mixing cleaning agents or chemicals be dangerous, but also deadly as well.



Allanah Dykes is a freelance writer and her work has been featured on Elite Daily, Levo League, Popsugar, Complex, Gurl, The Kitchn, HelloGiggles, Revelist, and Food 52.