If you’ve ever dyed your hair at home and accidentally got dye on your quartz countertops, you know how frustrating it can be to try and remove it. In this article, I will provide a comprehensive guide on how to get hair dye out of quartz countertops.
I’ll cover everything from using basic household items to commercial products that can get the job done. So read on and learn how to remove hair dye from quartz countertops in no time. But first, let’s take a look at what is in a hair dye so as to understand what it takes to remove it.
What’s In A Hair Dye?
Hair dyes typically include a blend of chemicals like dyes, modifiers, antioxidants, alkalizes, soaps, ammonia, fragrances, and wetting agents.
These ingredients work together to soften hair texture or make the dye more/less permanent- plus, they add a nice fragrance.
The ingredients in hair dye, like ammonia, are one of the things in hair dyes that can make the dyes permanent and also difficult to remove from surfaces like quartz and other countertop materials.
But don’t worry, with the right method, you can get your quartz countertops looking new again.
Hair Dye On Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are durable, heat resistant, and non-porous, which makes them ideal for busy households and families with small children.
They’re also beautiful and come in a variety of colors and patterns. Because of this, quartz, as a material, is often used in bathrooms and kitchens as vanity, countertops, backsplashes, and flooring.
So it is very common to have hair dye stains on quartz surfaces like countertops. Although quartz countertops are non-porous and stain resistant, they are not stain-proof.
So if you spill hair dye on your quartz countertop or vanity in the bathroom or saloon, that will definitely leave a mark.
How To Remove Hair Dye from Quartz Countertops
There are a few different ways that you can remove hair dye from quartz countertops, and I’ll go over each method in detail.
1. Using Rubbing Alcohol
One of the basic ways to remove hair dye from your quartz counter or vanity tops is to use rubbing alcohol.
Rubbing alcohol is a common household item that can be found in most homes. It’s also known as isopropyl alcohol and has a variety of uses, from cleaning to disinfecting.
Rubbing Alcohol has stain removal prowess due to its chemical structure. It is composed of Carbon, Hydrogen, and Oxygen atoms.
The oxygen present in rubbing alcohol helps to break the stain molecules into smaller pieces, making them easier to remove from surfaces.
To use rubbing alcohol to remove hair dye from your quartz countertop, here are the steps to follow;
- Start by mixing one part rubbing alcohol with one part water in a bowl or container.
- Next, use a clean microfiber cloth to apply the rubbing alcohol mixture to the hair dye stain on your quartz countertop.
- Rub the solution into the stain using a circular motion and continue until you’ve removed as much of the hair dye as possible.
- Once you’ve removed the hair dye, rinse the area with warm water and dry it off with a clean towel.
- You may need to repeat this process a few times if the hair dye has been on the quartz surface for some time.
2. Using Baking Soda And Warm Water
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a natural cleaning agent that can be used to remove hair dye from quartz countertops.
When mixed with water, baking soda forms a paste-like substance that can be used to scrub away tough stains like hair dye.
The reason why baking soda is effective at removing stains is that it’s a mild abrasive. This means that it can scrub away the hair dye without damaging the quartz surface.
To remove hair dye from your quartz countertop using baking soda, here are the steps to follow;
- Put some baking soda into a bowl and gradually add warm water and stir.
- Stir gradually until you have a paste-like consistency.
- Use a clean microfiber cloth, spatula, or hands to apply the baking soda paste to the hair dye stain on your quartz countertop.
- Gently rub it in as you apply it to the stain.
- Make sure the baking soda paste covers the entire stain.
- Leave the baking soda paste on the stain overnight.
- This will give it time to work on the hair dye.
- After leaving the baking soda paste on the stain overnight, use a spatula or a blunt tool to scrap off the paste.
- You will notice that the hair dye has been lifted from the surface.
- Rinse the area with warm water and dry it off with a clean towel.
- You may need to repeat this process a few times if necessary.
3. Using White Vinegar
Another common household item that can tremendously help you to remove hair dye from your quartz countertops is white vinegar.
Vinegar is an acidic substance that can be used to remove tough stains like hair dye from both porous and non-porous surfaces like your quartz countertops.
The acid present in vinegar helps to break down the hair dye molecules, making it easier to remove from surfaces.
Not only is white vinegar a powerful stain remover, but it is also a good deodorizer. This means that it can also help to remove any lingering hair dye smells from your quartz countertops.
To use white vinegar to remove hair dye from your quartz countertop, here are the steps you need to follow;
- Dilute the vinegar with water in a ratio of one part vinegar to two parts water.
- Apply the diluted vinegar solution to the hair dye stain using a clean cloth.
- Allow the solution to sit on the stain for about a minute or two.
- Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away the vinegar solution.
- Repeat steps two through four until the hair dye stain is gone.
- Use a clean, dry cloth to buff away any remaining residue.
- Enjoy your newly dye-free quartz countertop!
4. Hydrogen Peroxide And Talcum Powder
If you have hydrogen peroxide and talcum powder in your home, then you already have two of the necessary ingredients to remove hair dye from your quartz countertop.
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleaching agent that can be used to remove hair dye from surfaces like your quartz countertop.
The bleaching action can also work to break down the hair dye, making it easier to remove. This method is perfect for tough dye stains.
Talcum powder is a natural absorbent that can be used to help lift hair dyes and stains away from your quartz countertop.
To use hydrogen peroxide and talcum powder to remove hair dye from your quartz countertop, here are the steps you need to follow;
- Pour 12% hydrogen peroxide into a clean bowl.
- Add a generous amount of talcum powder to the hydrogen peroxide and mix well to form a paste.
- Apply the paste to the hair dye stain on your quartz countertop.
- Cover the application with plastic wrap and tape off the edges.
- This will help the hydrogen peroxide and talcum mixture to absorb the hair dye stains from the quartz surface gradually.
- Leave the application for 24-48 hours.
- Remove the plastic wrap and scrap off the Talc mixture and discard.
- Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away any remaining residue. Voila!
5. Quartz Countertop Cleaning or Stain Removers
There are also many commercial products on the market that are specifically designed to clean or remove stains from quartz countertops.
If you have a tough hair dye stain that you just can’t seem to get rid of, then it might be time to invest in one of these products.
One popular product is the Wieman Quartz Countertop Cleaner and Stain Remover. This product is specifically designed to remove tough stains from quartz and other natural stone countertops.
To use this product, simply follow the instructions on the bottle.
For best results, it is always a good idea to test the product on a small, inconspicuous area of your quartz countertop before using it on the entire surface.
This will help to ensure that the product does not damage or discolor your quartz countertop in any way.
How To Prevent Hair Dye Stains In The First Place
Now that you know how to remove hair dye from your quartz countertops, here are a few tips on how you can prevent them in the first place;
- Wipe any hair dye stains immediately with a clean, damp cloth. The longer the hair dye sits on your quartz countertop, the harder it will be to remove.
- Use an old towel or t-shirt when applying hair dye to your hair. This will help to prevent any accidental drips or spills onto your quartz countertop.
- Keep a cup of soapy water close by when applying hair dye to your hair. This way, if any hair dye does end up on your quartz countertop, you can immediately wipe it away with a cloth dipped in the soapy water.
I hope this guide was helpful in teaching you how to remove hair dye from your quartz countertops.
As you can see, there are a lot of different ways that you can go about it, so if one method doesn’t work for you, be sure to try another.
Also, you want to ensure measures are taken to prevent hair dye stains in the first place. A little bit of prevention can go a long way in keeping your quartz countertops looking their best.