How long can you leave bleach on a counter?
March 13, 2012 8:45 AM Subscribe
How long can I leave bleach on a countertop?
posted by Polychrome to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
Okay, I know this is very stupid but before I left for work this morning I bleached my kitchen countertop to remove some wine stains. Then I forgot to rinse it off and left. I don't want to bleach-stain my countertop or cause any other damage to it, though I realize it may be too late for that. I have searched and searched the internet but can't find anything saying just how long it takes before bleach starts ruining your countertop.
I have plans after work but will skip them if it means I can get home and save the countertop. So, does anyone know:
How long it might take for bleach to ruin a countertop of unknown material? It is grey, possibly laminate. It's not granite or concrete but something cheap. Is this something I even need to worry about?
If I should be worried and there is a chance I can save it I will rush home. It's been on the counter for about 7-8 hours already and I won't be able to get home for another 2 at the earliest.
I've never done this before, but I have left bleach on the bathtub/sinks/painted walls and nothing bad has ever happened, so I'm not sure if I should be freaking out right now or not.