What is a poultice: Potential solution for stubborn staining
Persistent stains can be a nightmare to deal with, especially if they affect your natural stone. Surfaces like granite and marble countertops can be difficult to clean, and sometimes require professional products to aid the removal of blemishes.
However, one option that could be worth investigating is a poultice. These products are effective at removing stains from porous surfaces due to their own degree of porosity.
They are often liquid cleaners or chemicals mixed with an absorbent material in order to form a paste, which is then spread across the surface of a stain and left for a period of time between 24 and 48 hours.
Choosing the type of detergent or chemical to use will depend on the stone surface you have, as well as the type of stain you find yourself dealing with.
After applying, cover the poultice with a damp paper towel and plastic wrap. Leave it alone for the allotted period of time before removing the cover and lightly scraping the poultice off the stone surface. You may have to repeat this process multiple times to achieve perfect results.
Some of the materials that can be used to create a poultice include powdered chalk, white molding plaster, kaolin and talcum powder. These white materials will draw the stain into their own porous surfaces, thereby moving the affliction from one surface to another.
When mixing up the product, remember that when combined with a cleaning agent, one pound of poultice will cover about a square foot of surface area. Keep this in mind when creating your mixture to ensure you mix enough product.
Finally, try to avoid the need for a poultice in the first place by improving surface protection with a high-quality impregnating sealer. Products like STAIN-PROOF Original™ will help you keep your stone looking great, protecting from both stains and structural damage caused by liquids.
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