If you do not want to pay the cost of granite counter tops, buy quartz instead. Quartz counters have the look of natural stone. Quartz is engineered stone that is combined with resin, binders and other materials for colour and consistency. Homeowners opt for quartz over granite because it is less porous and resistant to bacteria. Although it is less porous than its rival granite, it still stains. When you discover a stain there is no need to fret because you can remove it quite easily.
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Things you need
- 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide
- Dish-washing liquid
- Flour or talc powder
- Plastic putty knife
- Cling film
- Painters tape
Combine 1 cup of flour with 2 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide and enough water to make a paste the same consistency of creamy peanut butter. Hydrogen peroxide works for most food stains. For oil-based stains, use dish-washing liquid in place of hydrogen peroxide.
Apply a 1/4-inch layer of the mixture to the stain using a plastic putty knife.
Cover the area with cling film, and then seal it with painters tape. The cling film slows the drying process of the mixture. Poke several small holes in the plastic using a toothpick to allow some air circulation for the mixture to dry slowly and draw the stain out.
Allow the mixture to dry for 10 hours if the stain is less than one day old. For older stains, leave the mixture on for 24 hours. Once the mixture is dry, it is no longer useful.
Remove the painters tape and cling film, and then scrape the mixture off the quartz using a plastic putty knife. The plastic putty knife will not scratch quartz. There may be a ring left behind from the moisture that will evaporate within a few weeks.
Wipe away any residue with hot water and a towel.
Tips and warnings
- Use coasters with drinks and hot pads for hot cookware to protect your quartz to increase its lifespan.
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