No matter how careful you were putting down tarps and painter’s tape, you spilled some paint on your quartz countertops.
While it may feel like an unmitigated disaster, don’t fret! Quartz and other engineered surfaces such as FriTech™ by Lucciare® are significantly more stain resistant than natural stone such as marble or granite.
With two simple steps, paint can be easily lifted from quartz, leaving your countertops with their original, intended pigments and veins.
Step One: cleaning cream
The first thing you need to do is apply a powerful cleaning cream that won’t leave scratches on your quartz. The best cleaner for this job is Jif Cleaning Cream (marketed sometimes as Cif Cleaning Cream).
Apply the Jif Cleaning Cream onto the surface of the paint. Next, gently wipe off the surface contaminants with a soft cloth. This will prevent the paint from penetrating any further into the quartz.
Ideally, this will remove all of the paint. However, there is the possibility that the paint penetrated beyond the surface of the quartz. This isn’t a problem, but it will require an additional cleaning process.
Step Two: paint thinner
For stains that penetrate beyond the surface, you’ll need to apply paint thinner.
Select butyl acetate-based paint thinner (though ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol can work in a pinch), and apply with a white cloth to the stain on the quartz. Ensure that you wear gloves while applying paint thinner, and make sure that your work area is well-ventilated.
Do not use acetone, as it is too strong and can damage the quartz. Similarly, do not use a leather cloth, as the leather can stain the quartz.
After applying the paint thinner, wipe away the surfaced stains with a cloth.
Finally, clean your newly stain-free countertops with clean water.
You may need to repeat this step a few times to remove all the penetrated paint. Ensure you keep your gloves on and your room ventilated while you work.
Staining your countertops is always disappointing, but it doesn’t have to be permanent. By following our two-step process, your quartz countertops will be stain-free and lustrous as ever.