Marble poultice

Jean PopowitzMay 1, 2008

I'm trying to get a stain out of my 50+ year old marble window sill. I know I saw the recipe here a while ago and I did a search, but can't find it. Did anyone save it? I did try letting corn starch sit on it overnight. It is polished carrara if it matters. Thanks!

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I cut and pasted some info into a Word doc that I saw on this forum - I can't give specific credit to anyone but here it is:

"Here's a poultice formula for coffee:
Make a solution of 20-30% peroxide (available at beauty supple places...wear gloves Mine is called Salon Care 30Extra Lift Volume Creme. Bought it at Sally's Beauty Supply Store.) and a few drops of ammonia. Then mix in some sort of WHITE "material;" e.g., paper towel, napkin, tissue. Make only enough to cover the stain. It should be paste-like (consistency of peanut butter).
Wet the stained area with distilled water. Pre-wetting fills the pores of the stone with water isolating the stain and accelerating the removal by the chemical.
Apply the poultice to the stain being careful not to spill any on the non stained areas. Apply approximately 1/4-inch thick over-lapping the stain area by about one inch.
Cover the poultice with plastic (food wrap works great). Tape the plastic down to seal the edges. It also helps to poke several small holes in the plastic so that the powder will dry out. Failure to do this may result in the poultice staying wet.
Allow the poultice to dry thoroughly. This is a very important step. The drying of the poultice is what pulls the stain from the stone into the poultice material. If the poultice is not allowed to dry, the stain may not be removed.
Drying usually takes from 24 to 48 hours.
Remove the poultice from the stain. Rinse with distilled water and buff dry with a soft cloth. If the stain is not removed, apply the poultice again. It may take up to five applications for difficult stains.

Here's some additional tips!
For the "white stuff" you are going to use for your poultice powder base ... get some diatomaceous earth ("DE"). You can get this really CHEAP at a pool supply store or free if you know someone with a pool that uses it. It is used in some pool filtering equipment. I went to the pool supply store and they gave me some since all I wanted was a small amount.
Good info on stain removal:
Iron (rust) - Poultice with Oxalic Acid + Powder + Water. May also try a product called Iron-Out (available at hardware stores). Both mixtures may etch polished marble, so re-polishing will be necessary.
Ink - Poultice with Mineral Spirits or Methylene Chloride +Powder.
Oil - Poultice with Ammonia+ Powder Methylene Chloride can also be used on tough oil stains.
Coffee, Tea & Food - Poultice with 20 percent Hydrogen Peroxide + Powder.
Copper - Poultice with Ammonium Chloride + Powder
Paint (water-based) - poultice with a commercial paint remover + Powder
Paint (oil) - Poultice with Mineral Spirits + Powder. Deep stains may require Methylene Chloride.

Hope that helps!! Good Luck!!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 7:14AM
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Jean Popowitz

Thanks so much! From this I gather that you start with a wet mix, wet marble & let it dry which causes the stain to pull. I didn't wet the cornstarch. I'm going to try that first since it'll take me a day or so to gather up the other stuff & it can't hurt.

I have now added this to my clippings, just in case, although I will have my counters sealed properly when they're installed. Right now, I'm arguing with fabricators who think I'm nuts for wanting honed marble in my kitchen. YOURS are beautiful, by the way!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 11:02AM
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i used whiten available at paint stores and mixed with hydrogen peroxide until consistency of pancake batter. put on stain i sealed area with plastic wrap and allowed to dry. pulled the stain right out. took about 6-7 hours you can keep applying if you need to. good luck

    Bookmark   May 1, 2008 at 12:31PM
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I would like to say a huge Thank You for asking this question and, to my hero, mnhockeymom, for posting the poultice recipes and tip for Iron Out.

Today I went to wipe down our (Calacatta Extra) countertop and, like an idiot, didn't look at the sponge before wiping. Stuck to the bottom of it was a rusted Brillo pad, and it proceeded to stain the marble with a big yellow splotch. I was in shock!

I immediately checked here and found this post: within forty-five minutes of the stain occurring, it was gone! My sweet husband and three year-old went off to Lowe's to fetch Iron Out and it worked instantly.

Thank you!!!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 7:56PM
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So...will these also work on granite?

    Bookmark   July 14, 2008 at 10:30PM
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It is work well on any material with pores; depending of age of stain it can be not removable.
To avoid staining it's always recommended to seal a stone on regular base.

Here is a link that might be useful: here is a stain removal service

    Bookmark   August 7, 2012 at 12:26AM
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