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Natural Ways to Remove Stains from Your Vanity Top

 


 
 
Natural Ways to Remove Stains from Your Vanity Top
 
After selecting and installing the perfect vanity top, you might begin to notice some signs of normal wear and tear. Regular cleaning and maintenance will keep your vanity looking new but things like hair dye, and makeup can leave stains on your vanity top. There are natural stain remedies, composed of common household items that will bring your vanity top back to its best condition.

The stain removal method will depend upon the material of the vanity top, and the type of stain you are treating. We'll go through stain removal recipes and instructions for our most common vanity top materials.
 

How to Naturally Remove Stains from Vanity Top: Natural Stone Edition


   
     
  Natural stone is beautiful and durable, making it an excellent choice for vanity tops and other applications throughout the home. Because natural stone is porous, vanity tops can absorb stains. The following stain remedies can be used on all types of natural stone vanity tops including granite, marble and travertine.  
     
 

Option #1 - Cornstarch Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• Cornstarch
• Vacuum
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Cover the stain in cornstarch.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Let the cornstarch sit for 18-24 hours. At this point the cornstarch should absorb the stain, and draw it out of the vanity top.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
Vacuum up the cornstarch. If the entire stain has not been lifted repeat these steps necessary.
 
   
 

Option #2 - Steam

     
  What You'll Need:
• Iron
• Towel
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Wet your towel with warm water and lay it over the stain.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Place the iron on full steam on the towel. This breaks down the stain and lifts it from the stone. If the stain is not lifted use a poultice to draw it out after is has broken down.
 
   
 

Option #3 - Poultice

     
  What You'll Need:
• Water
• Flour or baking soda
• Hydrogen peroxide for light stone, dishwashing detergent for dark colored stone
• Plastic wrap
• Wooden spoon or other wooden utensil
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Blot the stain with a cloth to lift as much as possible.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Combine the ingredients to form a paste.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
Wet the stain with water and cover it with a thick layer of the paste mixture. Extend the mixture out 1" around the stain on all sides.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Cover the mixture with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out too quickly, and let it sit 24 hours.
 
   
     
  Step 5:
Remove the paste by scraping with a wooden utensil to avoid scratching the stone.
 
   
     
  Step 6:
Wash with mild soap and water and repeat as necessary until the stain is removed.
 
   

HOW TO NATURALLY REMOVE STAINS FROM VANITY TOP: WOOD EDITION


   
     
  Wood vanity tops are available in a variety of wood species such as bamboo, teak, and mahogany. Any wood used in a bathroom should be sealed appropriately but that does not mean that the wood is not susceptible to a variety of stains. Wooden vanity tops should be treated much like you would treat wood furniture, so harsh bathroom cleaners are not appropriate options for stain removal. Here we have some natural, gentle remedies to remove stains caused by standing water, beauty products that are oil based, and other types of common stains.  
     
 

Option #1 - Baking Soda Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• Baking soda
• Water
• Table salt


For dye or other types of stains:
• Baking soda
• Lemon juice or distilled vinegar
 
   
     
  Step 1:
For water spots, combine 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon water, 1 teaspoon salt to form a paste. For dye or other stains, combine baking soda and lemon juice or vinegar.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
With a soft cloth, rub paste on spot in circular motion until spot disappears.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
Wipe clean when finished.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Repeat steps as needed.
 
   
 

Option #2 - Mineral Spirits Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• Newspaper
• Mineral spirits
• Dishwashing detergent
 
   
     
  Step 1:
For oil based stains, press newspaper firmly into the stain to soak up any remaining oil.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Dampen a small section of a towel or other cloth with mineral spirits. Rub the mineral spirits into the stain in small, circular motions.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
Combine warm water and a mild dishwashing detergent and gently scrub the stained area with a soft brush or cloth.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Rinse area with plain water and pat dry with a cloth.
 
   
 

Option #3 - Iron Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• Iron
• Towel
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Remove all water from the iron, make sure it is completely empty.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Lay towel over the stain to create barrier between the vanity top and iron.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
With the iron on low, rub slowly over towel.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Lift towel to see if stain is lessoning, repeat steps as necessary until the stain is removed.
 
   

HOW TO NATURALLY REMOVE STAINS FROM A VANITY TOP: COPPER EDITION


   
     
  Copper vanity tops require regular maintenance and can be refreshed by a variety of specialty products. While copper won't stain in the same way as natural stone, it may start to have dull areas after a period of use. If you do not have a specialty product on-hand, there are a couple household items that can be used to bring the shine back into your copper vanity top.  
     
 

Option #1 - Vinegar Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• White vinegar
• Table salt
• Flour
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir the mixture until the salt dissolves.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Add flour to the mixture to create a paste.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
Apply a thick layer of paste to vanity top in small, circular motions.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Let paste sit on vanity top for 15 minutes to an hour.
 
   
     
  Step 5:
Rinse paste off with warm water and dry using a soft cloth. Use circular motions again to polish copper as you dry.
 
   
 

Option #2 - Lemon Remedy

     
  What You'll Need:
• Lemon
• Table Salt
 
   
     
  Step 1:
Cut the lemon in half and pour salt directly onto the lemon.
 
   
     
  Step 2:
Using the lemon like a sponge, rub the vanity top as needed until the dull spot is removed.
 
   
     
  Step 3:
If necessary, squeeze lemon juice into a bowl and mix with salt to create a paste.
 
   
     
  Step 4:
Apply the paste to the vanity top.
 
   
     
  Step 5:
Let the paste sit on vanity top for 15-30 minutes.
 
   
     
  Step 6:
Rinse paste off with warm water and dry using a soft cloth. Use circular motions again to polish copper as you dry.