If the marble has been waxed and the surface has not been neglected for too long, the smoke or soot can usually be washed off with detergent and warm water. Can you suggest a company that deals with unusual sizes or bespoke? Remove the poultice by rubbing with a dry cloth, and repeat the process if some stain still remains. Rinse thoroughly with clear water and a second cloth or sponge until all detergent residue is removed.

However, if the surface has also been etched (you can feel this with your fingertips), polishing will be necessary to restore the luster.

This keeps the paste from drying out too fast so it will keep working that much longer. Ink stains that do not respond should then be treated like rust stains. To remove oil and grease stains, apply a paste of whiting and acetone or mineral spirits, available in hardware stores. Of course, marble is a natural stone and variations do exist, but most marble is quite dense and does not readily stain. Marble surfaces, in addition to being beautiful, are extremely durable and versatile. WeÂ’ve tested them all, and this is the best product of its type available in the industry.


Removing Oil Stain From Marble



The paste will lighten and it will start to crack when it dries. It is mainly made up of calcium carbonate which reacts with acidic liquids forming permanent stains. Clear an area of the countertop so that you have room to work and a enough space around the stain – you need to clear an area that you won’t disturb until the remover has worked (this can take a couple days). Tear a piece of clingfilm to a size that will cover the paste.

Used it on plumbers putty stain from hand held spray installed with the granite. However, marble is a soft sedimentary rock which is porous and so it tends to stain very easily. Apply a heavy layer (about a half-inch thick) over the stained area, then add a few drops of household ammonia to the paste. Wet the stained surface and a small area around it with the same liquid used to make the paste. Wash in overlapping circular strokes, and allow the suds or cleanser to remain on the surface for several minutes while the bleaching agents work.

To remove ink stains on marble, place this towel on the stain, and cover it with the help of plastic. When this tile is used in the shower it often accumulates moisture and rusts from the back of the tile to the surface. Wrap this area with plastic using a masking tape to make sure that air canÂ’t pass through.

Even newspapers and magazines can cause stains, especially when wet or damp. Before waxing a freshly washed surface, allow it to dry for an hour or more so that no moisture remains in the pores of the marble.


In this episode we test the effectiveness of 2 different stain removal methods. We attempt to remove an oil stain using the DuPont



Great for deep cleaning granite and marble counter tops, glass shower doors, and shower tiles. It is a material in the form of paper or powder, which is used to reabsorb the stain. Wait for about 24 to 48 hours, remove the plastic, and rinse with water. There are many chances of marble getting stained in such places. Iodine and some ink stains can be removed by applying a paste of whiting and isopropyl alcohol, also available in hardware stores or pharmacies. In the natural stone world, a poultice is a mixture that can actually help “reverse” the staining process. We’ll bring our highly talented restoration team to your property and make your natural stone look new again.

For a natural stone surface that is well sealed, soak up and remove the stain with clean dry paper towels. Add water to the cornstarch 1 tsp at a time, working into the cornstarch gradually to form a paste. Use a squeegee to wick away extra moisture and avoid over-wetting and pooling that may damage your countertop and encourage build-up. IÂ’ve tried marble cleaner, but it wonÂ’t go away. These are available in some department stores and from marble dealers. Marble should be washed regularly with a mild detergent and warm water, but donÂ’t use an abrasive detergent or cleaner since this could leave scratches on the surface.

Using a plastic or wooden spatula, stir the ingredients thoroughly to mix. Since the stone has literally absorbed the stain, a poultice simply re-absorbs the stain into a different material. The usual method for removing marble stains is to apply a poultice. Continue buffing until the etch marks disappear, then rinse with water and wipe dry. Remove the plastic and the poultice, then wash off with warm water. Applying it “just to be safe” is a recipe for trouble possibly leaving a hazy film on the surface.

Spread this over the stained area in a thick layer, then cover with damp cloths. Reinstating the fireplace in a period property will bring warmth back into your bedroom without the mess of coal and ash, and if done carefully can look suitably authentic. In each case, after the poultice is applied, it should be covered with a piece of plastic kitchen wrap that is then taped down with masking tape. If the stain is still there, you need to use a scouring powder. For this demonstration, we have chosen to stain a tan coloured travertine tile. It smells like orange gojo hand cleaner, we left it on for 72 hours and it took every bit of staining out of the granite. This gives the poultice time to penetrate the surface and attack the marble stain from deep within the stone. Familiarize yourself with the materials in and near the area you wish to clean to avoid damaging the material. On honed marble, scrub the area with scouring powder between applications of remover. Make sure the paste extends at least one to two inches beyond the edge of the stain. Leave it in place overnight, then wash it off with water or scrape it off with a wood or plastic spatula. The fireplace is ‘bedroom size’, ie, the inset space is smaller than standard. If the stain is lighter but still noticeable, repeat the application. The radiator in my bathroom needs painting because the old paint is chipping and there are rust spots in the metal, plus lots of dirt. Some smooth grades of honed marble are used on furniture, but it is most often used for floors because polished marble is slippery when wet and heavy foot traffic dulls its gloss. Set the record straight about how to clean marble stains.

However, because it will withstand harsher cleaning materials, it is easier to maintain. Stains that are more stubborn are often caused by foods or metallic substances, or by substances containing oil, grease or fat. If the stain isnÂ’t completely re-absorbed, repeat the process.

Read this article to gain important information regarding removing any kind of stai from a marble surface. Now, wash off the area with hot water and regular dish detergent. Oily stains (vegetable oil, motor oil, butter, margarine, etc). Gently press a clean sponge dampened with water to the oil affected area. As a family owned and operated business for over 40 years, we understand how important it is to provide trustworthy service and top-value results. If the oil or greasy substance that caused the stain is still on the surface, clean the surface of residue before applying the remover. When confronted with an oily stain on a natural stone surface, it may be tempting to use a citrus-based degreaser to try to lift and remove the dark blot. To avoid causing scratches, use a plastic or wooden spatula as a spreader. It stains easily because it tends to absorb greasy liquids or foods dropped on it, and it can be easily marred by the mild acids found in many foods such as orange juice, tomato juice or lemon juice. Cover with plastic as described above, then leave in place for at least 24 hours. Big backsplash tile/grout problem from oil spatter above stove. Allow this to dry overnight, then apply a flat or low-luster paint in the color of your choice (do not use a gloss). It is most often used as a wall veneer or as tops for furniture. Before using a sealer, however, test first to see if it will darken the color. Wet the cleaned marble, then sprinkle the powder lightly over the surface. When cleaning a vertical surface, such as the front of a marble fireplace, it is best to work from the bottom up so dirty water runs down onto a wet surface that has already been cleaned. Honed marble has a satin finish, less reflective than polished marble. Cover promptly with plastic as described above (acetone evaporates very rapidly and is also highly flammable), and leave this in place for at least 24 hours. ItÂ’s a white powder that you make into a paste and apply to the stone. Use a vacuum and any kind of brush with a long handle to reach between the sections for scrubbing out the dirt.

You will need to take careful measurements or make a cardboard template of the space the fire is to fill. However, they require modest care to protect them from stains, scratches and loss of luster. Often rust won’t come out in this scenario because it has just penetrated the entire depth of the stone. Leave it for 1 hour – 2 days, depending on how old the stain is. It is popularly used for flooring, kitchen countertops, and table tops in the house. Marble, while lovely, does stain very easily in the kitchen or bathroom.

Since marble and granite are porous materials, if not treated properly, they can stain. If the surface is merely dull, waxing may be all that is needed to restore the luster. Then cover the paste with a layer of plastic wrap, taping the wrap on all four sides to prevent the paste from drying too rapidly.

Go back to the beginning and attempt the entire process again – some oil stains can take 3 or 4 applications to remove fully. The counter top had a perfect imprint of a witch, a ghost, and a skeleton where the clings were.

Do not interrupt the drying process – this is when the magic happens! If stains persist, cover with a poultice made by mixing baking soda with fresh liquid laundry bleach to form a thick paste. Often times a natural stone “poultice” can help bring your stone back to its original condition. Probably the best procedure, if possible, is to take the marble to a dealer so it can be done by machine. The type of liquid agent to use will depend on the type of stain. Wet the surface thoroughly, then sprinkle on the polishing powder. This will remove the stain and the top protective surface layer of the stone, which will then need to be resealed and repolished. If washing with ammonia does not remove the stain, apply a poultice using acetone mixed with whiting to form a thick paste. If this doesn’t work, use a poultice made by mixing a liquid rust remover sold in hardware stores with powdered whiting. If there is a lot of dust or dirt on the surface, rinse out the brush or sponge frequently to avoid spreading the dirt around or rubbing it deeper into the pores. Once the poultice has thoroughly dried, remove the plastic and clean away the leftover material. As it dries it re-absorbs the stain from the stone pulls it back to the top. Use only a cleaner that contains no soap; dishwashing detergent works well. The most important step in the maintenance of marble is keeping it clean.

The entire process takes 48 hours, and even longer for stains deep within the stone. After the required duration, remove the poultice with the help of water. In addition, the cooling vent plates can be removed for cleaning. Rinse the area with household ammonia after removing the paste, then flush with clear water. If noticed promptly and if the surface has been properly waxed, the stain can often be rubbed off with a dry cloth. Whether itÂ’s holes in your travertine, or marble etches, we have what you need to fix it. To restore the gloss, repolish the surface by rubbing it with tin oxide polishing powder, available from hardware and automotive stores and stone-supply companies.

To wash polished marble, first wet the surface with clear hot water (not boiling). Because honed marble is more porous than polished marble, it is more easily soiled.

The ideal way to deal with a stain is to clean/blot it immediately. Any time you use solvents you should make sure the area is well ventilated and youÂ’re not working next to an open flame). This product removed a week old butter drip on light colored granite backsplash. The longer it remains, the more difficult it becomes to remove stains from marble. Within a week of getting my new granite countertops, a bottle of olive oil had leaked on the bottom. Apply the cornstarch poultice to the area with plastic spatula or spoon. To keep the poultice damp, wrap a plastic bag over the stain, and use a masking tape to hold it in place.

Dampen the stained area of the marble surface with water and then apply the paste. After sopping up any mess sitting on the surface, and with good ventilation (the product is a mixture of plaster and solvents, as the plaster dries the solvents dissolve the oil near the surface and the plaster absorbs the stain. After applying the poultice to the stained marble surface, cover the area with plastic and tape down the edges. Make sure surface is clean, dry, and free of waxes and coatings. Ensure that area is well-ventilated and keep children and pets away from the area during application and until surface is clean and dry.

Use blotting, rather than wiping motions in the cleaning process to avoid spreading the stain. You can easily make a homemade marble cleaning poultice by following these steps. Leaving the paste uncovered, allow it to completely dry to a powder. IÂ’m tying to get an electric fire inset [with convection heat and glowing coals].

Use on counter tops, tub surrounds, bathroom vanities, glass shower doors, shower walls floors. Do not use wax on surfaces where food will be prepared or on floors. In addition to regular cleaning, marble surfaces subjected to hard wear – such as table tops, counter tops, vanities – should also be protected with a coat of white paste wax or one of the special sealers sold for marble. The stain removal procedure depends on the staining substance.

Deep-seated stains can be removed from polished and honed marble by mixing and applying pastes of various cleaning compounds. Questions of general interest will be answered in this column; unpublished letters cannot be answered individually. To remove the stain, you will need to apply a poultice powder (mixed with some thick bleach) to the surface, wrap with clingfilm and then leave to dry for 24 hours. Provides a very high gloss, enhances color, and helps protect against etching and water spots. Also, never use a detergent or an applicator that contains abrasives, which cause scratches.

First soak up and remove any excess oil that has not yet soaked in with clean dry paper towels. After the initial drying period, you must lift one corner of the plastic wrap to allow for the medium to dry.

More poultice will have a better shot are removing the marble stain, but it will also take longer to dry. Although natural stone is itself porous, the sealants are often applied after installation and are recommended to be re-applied regularly to help maintain the stain resistance of the surface. For an unsealed surface, or otherwise set-in stain, use a neutral poultice made from cornstarch. Stains resistant to removal through normal methods and stains of unknown origin may require the assistance of a professional. Where a poultice has been used, the surface may also have been dulled or slightly etched. Thoroughly wash off all the material causing the stain, then wash the surface with household ammonia and rinse with plenty of hot water. Once the stain is removed to your liking, clean up the residue and tools with the mineral spirits. If a second treatment is necessary, spread more of the paste on the spot and add household ammonia on top (10 drops of ammonia per cup of paste) just before covering it. You might be able to send a picture of the stone and the stain and have them give some recommendations. Allow the paste to remain on the marble for 48 hours, then remove it by dampening it with water and scraping it up with the spatula. They are often very difficult to remove since the grease or oil penetrates the surface more than other stains do. Wet the marble with plain water first, then scrub with a soft brush or sponge and rinse with lots of water. Discuss sealers and how to test for proper application . If the stain is deep-seated, apply a thick coating of a rust remover such as naval jelly and follow the manufacturer`s instructions. To maintain polished marble, wash it regularly-weekly, or as necessary-with clear water and mild detergent, applied with a soft cloth or sponge. CanadaÂ’s leader in natural stone protection, restoration, repair and maintenace. Once all the edges are taped down you must wait for at least 24 hours. Once dry, remove and discard the plastic wrap and poultice.

Use a damp cloth to clean up the powdery residue that remains. If your stain is particularly stubborn you may need to apply another coat. Once the entire area has been cleaned, remove the soap residue with a clean soft sponge, free of soap, wet with water.

This method is effective in case of simple stains like that of oil or water.

Though available in many colors, the white ones is quite popular and are adored the most.genaMarble Images
If the marble has been waxed and the surface has not been neglected for too long, the smoke or soot can usually be washed off with detergent and warm water. Can you suggest a company that deals with unusual sizes or bespoke? Remove the poultice by rubbing with a...