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post #1 of 16 Old 09-20-2015, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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So somehow (I'm sloppy) I got danish oil on our quartz counter top. It's an off white quartz and the long streak of dried danish oil stands out.

Wife is mad. How do I get this off without ruining the counter top? I've tried soft scrub and also just mineral spirits.....

Any suggestions?
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You probably shouldn't have used the mineral spirits. It's likely to run any of the danish oil deeper. I believe I would get a professional to tend to it.
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I think stone guys would recommend a poultice. Not sure if there are specific ones for quartz. Here's one from Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Miracle-S...1-LB/100672947

I might be inclined to drop by the local stone store and see if they have any ideas.
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I would start with a Stone Cleaner solution which is available at a big box store. Use white rags or paper towels. Until everything is clear.
After drying completely, use a stone sealer.
The sealer last about 3 years and will help protect it on the next spill.
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The problem is that Quartz being a natural product is very porous , the oil as I'm sure you are aware has soaked into the pores. I would go to a stone store and explain to them what happened. I'm sure that there is a product out there that will help you.

It just might take a pro as they can get their hands on different products them Homeowners can.

There are somethings that are best turned over to a specialist.

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<<<< The problem is that Quartz being a ] is very porous ,

The architectural "quartz" used as counter top material is not "natural". It's a man-made material made by colored stone-like material mixed with urethanes and other material. It is hard, durable and more imperious to water than natural products.

Google "quartz counter-top" and you will find lots of info about the material.

That said, I would recommend getting in touch with one of the manufacturers and see what they recommend.

Howie..........
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If the stain has penetrated....

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The architectural "quartz" used as counter top material is not "natural". It's a man-made material made by colored stone-like material mixed with urethanes and other material. It is hard, durable and more imperious to water than natural products.
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So somehow (I'm sloppy) I got danish oil on our quartz counter top. It's an off white quartz and the long streak of dried danish oil stands out.
Architectural or man made quartz, like Zodiac which my countertops are made, is impervious to stains. So, if the stain has penetrated it would either be Marble or natural quartz. More than likely it's white Marble. Marble can be "bleached" with the proper solution... Oxalic Acid, I believe. Do some research on bleaching Marble.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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It's man made quartz. I'm going to try the stain remover stuff listed above from the big box stores tomorrow and see how that goes. Next step if that doesn't work will be going to the stone shop who installed the counter top earlier this year. I really appreciate all the replies.
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And FYI, it may have penetrated the top, I don't really know, bit I can feel the danish oil on top...it's a rough patch. Maybe that means it's just dried on top???
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And FYI, it may have penetrated the top, I don't really know, bit I can feel the danish oil on top...it's a rough patch. Maybe that means it's just dried on top???
Try scrapping it off with a razor blade.
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Try lacquer thinner.
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So somehow (I'm sloppy) I got danish oil on our quartz counter top. It's an off white quartz and the long streak of dried danish oil stands out.

Wife is mad. How do I get this off without ruining the counter top? I've tried soft scrub and also just mineral spirits.....

Any suggestions?
Sorry, I have no advice to add to this discussion.

I do have advice for next time.....I always cover any surfaces that I don't want stain, paint, oil, glue etc on with 3 mil plastic. I can get a 10' x 25' roll for about $6. I consider it very cheap insurance for a sloppy guy like me.

When I perform maintenance on my chainsaw on my workbench, out comes the plastic...Painting on my workbench, out comes the plastic...cleaning router bits, saw blades, bandsaw blades; out comes the plastic....I even laid down plastic when I was staging my boxes of new wood flooring on the living room carpet. (Turns out some of the boxes had grease on the bottom. That could have been a disaster!) A little preventative thinking, will help keep the home life less stressful.

"A happy wife, is a happy life"

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Try scrapping it off with a razor blade.
I considered this but then wondered if it'd leave or take off some of the quartz's sealer/finish and then I'd need to have the whole giant island top re-polished and sealed.....but that may have to happen anyway.
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Sorry, I have no advice to add to this discussion.

I do have advice for next time.....I always cover any surfaces that I don't want stain, paint, oil, glue etc on with 3 mil plastic. I can get a 10' x 25' roll for about $6. I consider it very cheap insurance for a sloppy guy like me.

When I perform maintenance on my chainsaw on my workbench, out comes the plastic...Painting on my workbench, out comes the plastic...cleaning router bits, saw blades, bandsaw blades; out comes the plastic....I even laid down plastic when I was staging my boxes of new wood flooring on the living room carpet. (Turns out some of the boxes had grease on the bottom. That could have been a disaster!) A little preventative thinking, will help keep the home life less stressful.

"A happy wife, is a happy life"

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I almost always do this. I have a role of rosin paper or I just lay down a thin sheet of Masonite. But this time......man.....the one time I don't...
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Hmm looked it up guess you're right.

Learned something new today
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I almost always do this. I have a role of rosin paper or I just lay down a thin sheet of Masonite. But this time......man.....the one time I don't...
Every time I skip a process step that I know is the correct way to do it, I get bit in the as...

I almost always design my projects in TurboCad or StretchUp. I can agonize over the design sometimes for months. When I have the design finalized, I print out the drawings and use them in the wood shop for construction. When I catch what I think is a "mistake" in the drawings, I have learned to always leave the shop and go back to the design software. Most of the time, the "mistake" is a mistake by the woodworker, NOT the designer! A lot of times the "mistake" has ramifications that affects multiple parts.

I have a twin bed and trundle in my guest bedroom that I built in 2010. The designer designed the posts as 2" squares. The wood worker decided that the posts should be 3" squares. Yes, you guessed it. The frame ended up being 1" too wide and 1" too long for the mattress! One of these cold winter days, I will drag the bed and trundle into the wood shop and take a 1/2" off of each side. I will have to recut the mortise and tenon joints and put it all back together very carefully.

The moral is that if you have a process in place and it works, use it!

I always put plastic down when I am working with any fluids; even a quick spray of WD40 on a bolt. The bolt gets held over my waste container with a plastic bag liner.
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