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How to Remove Wine and Other Stains from Quartz Countertops

wine spilled on quartz countertop

Background Information

Quartz countertops are engineered stone that combines 90% ground quartz and 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. Quartz is a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom countertops due to its durability and ease of maintenance. A lot of homeowners and designers also like the versatility of its color and design. Since quartz is a manufactured stone, it can come in all sorts of colors and patterns, making it aesthetically suitable for any kitchen.

However, the most popular quartz countertops colors are of the light variety. This is because light-colored quartz countertops will suit any design and color scheme. 

Unlike quartz, Quartzite is a unique, mined, and naturally occurring rock that is mined in blocks and cut into one-of-a-kind slabs that are then fabricated into countertops.  Often, quartz is misrepresented as an "all-natural stone" when the facts are only "Quartzite" is 100% natural.

Do Quartz Countertops Stain?

Quartz and Quartzite countertops are highly stain resistant, but it is not true that they do not stain. Like any countertop, quartz and Quartzite is vulnerable to staining from red wine, coffee, tea, tomato sauce, juice, etc., if the spills are not cleaned up right away. But unlike granite (which is a natural stone), the staining in quartz does not happen because the countertop surface absorbs the staining liquid.

The staining occurs when the liquid reacts to the resin, one of the quartz countertops' main components. Resins help make quartz countertops non-porous, but some cleaning agents, wines, heat, and chemicals can damage the resins.

How To Prevent Stains on Quartz Countertops

Stains on quartz and Quartzite countertop surfaces are easily preventable. Just clean the spills immediately, make sure your countertop is sealed with a quality sealer, and use protective surfaces like trays, coasters, trivets, and cutting boards.

Stains can also occur on white or light-colored quartz and Quartzite countertops due to improper cleaning. Don't clean your countertop using cleaners that have bleach or vinegar, and keep solvents such as detergent and paint thinners away from the quartz surface.

How To Clean White Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops may be stain and heat "resistant," but they still need proper maintenance to keep their beauty for life.

Stone Pro's Quartz Countertop Cleaner is specially formulated for quartz and Quartzite surfaces. Simply spray and wipe.  Everything you want in a quartz and Quartzite cleaner without the harsh agents found in some cleaners purchased at grocery and hardware store outlets.

Quartz Countertop Cleaner is streak-free, leaves behind no residues, is non-abrasive, and will not react negatively with the resins in your countertop.  This product is used by stone fabricators, commercial and retail sellers of stone and countertops, high-end restaurants and hotels to keep their countertops looking their very best.  This product is safe for food preparation surfaces and should be your go-to cleaner to keep your quartz countertop looking phenomenal. 

And for a one-two punch, Quartz NanoGuard Protection Kit provides quartz and quartzite owners with a cleaner and spray-on protector.  NanoGuard helps prevent stains and repels spills in one simple wipe-on application.


Stains can be removed from natural stone surfaces, including quartz and Quartzite countertops, but the whole process can easily be avoided by prevention, maintenance, and a quality stone sealer.

Pro Cleaning Products is a national distributor of the industries leading StonePro line of professional-grade natural stone cleaning, sealing, and repair solutions.  Our sister company, Tru-Clean Surface Care, exclusively uses StonePro products in hundreds of homes annually to clean, repair, and seal commercial and residential countertops and natural stone flooring, pool decks, and shower walls.

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