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Dec 19, 2006 03:07 AM

How to remove yellow curry (tumeric?) stain from kitchen countertop??

A delicious Indian take-out dish -- cauliflower in a ground sesame and yellow curry sauce, for the record -- left behind patches of yellow that don't respond to conventional cleaning. Any ideas?

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  1. Not sure what your surface is, but my Corian responds to any cleanser with bleach in it.

    1. If your surface is natural stone, try a poultice of baking soda, mixed to a thick paste. Let dry. Clean off. Repeat. (Sounds like a shampoo bottle...) It can take repeated applications.

      1. I had this problem once. I just used good ol'lysol antibacterial spray for the kitchen. I have crappy counters though so you might want to test out a wee spot before you spray a massive amount of lysol on your counter

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        1. re: bitsubeats

          I agree. Lysol antibacterial spray works every time I have a tumeric stain on my counters, and I've had an unusually high number of tumeric stains on my counters.

        2. You might try the Magic Eraser sponge if none of that works. It works great on tea and kool-aid stains on my counters.

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          1. re: kwatz

            Magic Eraser rocks. It removed red paste food coloring stains from my ancient formica.

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              Just so you know - the Magic Eraser is essentially sandpaper (albeit very, very, very fine-grit sandpaper). It tends to remove some of the "shine" from my ancient formica countertops. So, test it somewhere inconspicuous first.

              Me, I keep a Magic Eraser under the sink and use it all the time. Shiny countertops aren't everything...


              1. re: AnneInMpls

                My formica is so old it no longer has any shine whatsoever, so ME is no threat to its "beauty"...

            2. re: kwatz

              Magic Eraser also works on turmeric stains.

              1. re: wally

                I idly tried one out and it got out all the ballpoint ink stains my kids have made on my kitchen table -- not the gel pen stains from 2 years ago, but hey, I call it a victory.

                I use bleachy scrubs on most stains but I did try that magic eraser and it got a surprising number of stains off my countertop (tea, pomegranate). Hooray!

                Rubbing alcohol gets out a lot of inky stains. I use it for ballpoint pen on clothes (much faster than that hairspray "trick" that takes scrubbing all day long).

            3. ---First: always test surface in an inconspicuous area before trying any cleaning agents. ---

              I removed yellow mustard from my sister's counter-top by a quick spray of oven cleaner on a damp towel, then wiping it directly into the stain. The stain came up by sponging the area down with plain water.

              The process however, did require a full counter cleaning as we discovered the entire top to be dingy from a buildup of kitchen grime that never responded to anything else. Adding up each length of counter space she had about a 25 feet that cleaned up like a charm in less that 5 minutes even with a good surface rinse

              BTW- Some floor strippers contain almost the same chemicals found in oven cleaners. Weaker forms do include some more stronger countertop cleaners. Neither should be used on aluminium or silverware as they are lye based. Throughly rinse areas with a sponge with fresh water.