Whether your bathroom counters are new or old, it’s incredibly frustrating when something stains them. You can notice the marks even if nobody else does, and that’s enough of a reason to try and remove them. The trick is to remove them as soon as they happen because the longer they’re left, the harder they are to repair.


If you have marble, granite, quartz, or laminate countertops, we’ve made a compact guide on how to tackle stains from hair dye to burn marks so it’s all in one place for you.


Here’s how to keep your beautiful bathroom countertops looking sparkling new.

How to get hair dye off your bathroom counter


There are so many different ways to accidentally spill hair dye on your bathroom counter. Whether it’s when you’re applying the dye to your hair, or when excess dye runs off your hair after washing it, the bottom line is that it stains easily. Here are several ways to remove hair dye stains off your bathroom counter:


  • Mix baking soda and warm water together until it’s the consistency of toothpaste and rub it on the stained area. Leave it for an hour and then wipe it off gently with a warm, damp cloth.
  • You could also use vinegar and baking soda, or washing up liquid and rubbing alcohol instead of baking soda.
  • Gently rubbing nail polish remover on the stained area can sometimes help remove stains. We advise that you try this technique on a smaller area of the surface before committing to a larger area. 


How to get rust off your bathroom counter

Rust is quite unsightly but is usually difficult to remove. Factors that contribute to how easy it is to remove include how long the rust has been there and what material it needs to be removed from.


  • To remove rust stains, you can begin by using an abrasive scouring pad to gently scrub the rust with water. If this doesn’t work, instead of using water, use one of the alternative options below.
  • By mixing two parts cream of tartar with one part hydrogen peroxide, you can create a paste that works as a natural rust stain remover. Rub the paste into the stain and leave it for 2 hours.
  • Take a warm, damp cloth wipe it gently and repeat until the paste has gone. The rust should have eased or disappeared entirely.
  • If this doesn’t work, you can mix lemon juice and salt to create a paste and leave it on the stain for 2 hours again.
  • Another alternative is baking soda, or baking soda mixed with vinegar.


How to get burn marks off your bathroom counter


If you were in a rush and knocked your straighteners over or left the tap running for too long, a burn mark is going to look obviously out of place on your counter. If you don’t want to replace your entire countertop, here’s what you can do to try and remove the burn stain:


  • Begin by sanding the surface with a low-grade sandpaper, moving in circular motions and not pressing on too hard. The burn should eventually fade away. Scratches and further damage can occur to your countertop if you apply too much pressure to the area of the burn so it’s important to be gentle.
  • Then, use a finer sandpaper to make the counter feel smooth again as the burn should be gone.
  • If this doesn’t work, try a more coarse sandpaper, but stay mindful that a coarse sandpaper is more likely to further damage your worktop. Be gentle!
  • To leave your work surface looking as good as new, you can buy protective gels and finishes to apply after you’ve finished sanding. This will also prevent it from future damage.


If your stains remain and nothing seems to be working, it may be suitable to work with professionals who specialise in removing them. 

How Mo’s StoneX can help


Now you know how to repair and remove stains from your bathroom counters, you’ll know what to do if the issue arises again. But if you decide you want a whole bathroom makeover, or get tired of constantly removing stains, Mo’s StoneX are professionals at designing and installing stunning bathroom worktops. From quartz, to granite, to Dekton, our team specialises in a wide range of bespoke countertops. We will transform your home into everything you’ve ever wanted it to be.


Contact our team to find out more about our wide range of high-quality worktops.