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Will Engineered Stone Countertops Stain? E-mail
Engineered stone countertops are designed to resist stain because they are made of nonporous materials. This advantage makes them better and more popular than other countertop materials such as granite, solid surface, laminate, and wood.

Because engineered stone countertops are made with a polished surface, they would not stain no matter what kind of liquid is spilled on the surface – coffee, lemon juice, wine, vinegar, olive oil, makeup, or other common household products. Also, unlike countertops made of granite and other natural stones, engineered stone countertops do not require regular sealing to keep their lustrous shine.

The magic of lemon juice in cleaning countertops stains

The stains on your kitchen countertop can easily be lifted by using lemon juice. Cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice over the stain. Allow it to sit on the stain for a couple of minutes. Once the countertop has absorbed the lemon juice, scrub the area with baking soda. This can make the stain disappear in no time. Remember, do not leave the lemon juice on the surface for a long time because it can affect the engineered stone.

Removing stains on engineered stone countertops

Although engineered stone countertops are designed to resist stain, getting them stained is still unavoidable. A liquid spill that is not cleaned right away can leave an unsightly mark on your beautiful countertop surface. Applying a simple cleaning procedure, however, can solve this problem.

Create a wiping material by folding clean white paper towels and making a thick pad with eight layers. Your pad should be wider than the size of the stain.

Wear appropriate cleaning outfit. Wear rubber gloves and an apron to avoid getting stains on your clothes and skin. Make sure your kitchen is well-ventilated.

Use acetone to remove oil-based stains that come from cream, salad dressing, peanut butter, and hand lotion. Oil stains generally have a rounded shape, a darker center, and the ability to penetrate deeply.

Use a hydrogen peroxide solution to remove organic stains that come from ink, wine, coffee, tobacco, paper, and flowers. These stains generally have irregular shapes. They also cause discoloration that follows the color of the actual product.

To remove a stain, soak your thick pad with the appropriate cleaning agent. Cover the stain with it and tap out bubbles that can form from it. Firmly press the pad to ensure full contact with the surface. After a few minutes, cover the pad with a plastic wrap and tape its edges to the surface of your countertop.

Leave the treated surface for up to 48 hours, depending on the severity and depth of the stain. After one to two days, carefully take off the plastic wrap and leave the paper towel undisturbed until it completely dries.

For severe and large stains, you may be required to do the procedure three to four times before the stain can disappear completely. If the stain still does not disappear after several applications, contact your countertop manufacturer or seller. Ask for advice on how to completely eliminate the stain on your engineered stone countertop.

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