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Proper stone maintenance practices that are performed daily will help prevent staining problems. The best two methods of stain prevention are to treat the stone with Stone Savior Sealer and to immediately pick up spills before they are absorbed into the stone.
The objective of a penetrating sealer is to prevent liquids from absorbing through the stone surface. However, if a spill sets for a long period of time the stone may absorb the liquid even with a sealer. Natural stone is porous by nature. Stone stains very easily because its pores will absorb the liquid like a sponge. The older a stain gets, the more difficult it is to remove.
One question that is often asked is how are stains removed from stone? The only safe way to remove a stain is to reabsorb it out of the stone. Since the stain was absorbed through the pores, it must be reabsorbed through the pores. The natural absorption process must be reversed.
In order for a stain to be removed, the type of stain must be identified. Different types of stains have various removal processes. There are five common types of stains:
To determine the type of stain you must ask the correct questions and be aware of the following:
What is the color and pattern of the stain?
What sat near the stain previously?
Are there plumbing pipes or air ducts near the stain?
Was there a plant near the stain?
Is the stain associated with a certain location?
How old is the stain?
Once the stain is determined, an appropriate stain removal method must be utilized. Knowing the absorption level and chemical sensitivity of the stone will help determine the method to be used. If the stain cannot be identified, then a test patch with different methods should be used. The process that works the best should be used for the area affected.
The first step try using a commercial cleaning product or household chemical
Types of Stains And Removal Procedures
If this process did not work to remove the stain, an absorbing poultice must be used. A poulticing material can be anything that absorbs from a cotton ball to a paper towel or even a cotton shirt. In most cases, an absorbing powder poultice is used to extract a stain.
In the poulticing process, the stone will absorb the chemical from the poultice, then the chemical loosens the stain, and the poultice reabsorbs the stain from the stone. During this process, it is important, to begin with, the gentlest method first.
Second try and remove the stain with Stone Savior Poultice Powder mixed with Countertop cleaner. If the stain still remains, then begin the poulticing process.
Poultice Mixtures For Various Stains
Applying The Poultice
Do not place the paste on to any unaffected area
Always wear safety goggles and gloves when mixing chemicals together
Mix chemicals in a well-ventilated area
If stains are very large in size or are serious, consult with a representative of Stone Savior
Do not reapply used poultice powders
Never mix more than one chemical together in the same poultice
I have an outdoor kitchen made of large patio blocks and had dumped about a gallon of peanut oil down the side after a fish fry. After trying other concrete cleaners, vinegar, sanding, etc. the stain remained.
After mixing this powder with mineral spirits to a peanut butter consistency, spread on with a putty knife, wrapped with saran, waited two days, scraped off, rinsed and stain is gone!
Would highly recommend.
I have a vessel sink made out of river stone that absorbed some cleaner and turned dark and oily looking. This poultice powder did the trick in pulling out the stain! It was extremely messy, but the instructions on the item’s page were very helpful in identifying the stain and the correct measures to rectify. I would only say that it would help if the instructions had some kind of recommended measurements when adding a balancing chemical (for me, I added baking soda and just had to eyeball it). Otherwise, this was a successful DIY! Thanks for this product - I couldn’t find anything similar at both local and bigger chain hardware stores. Before and after photos are included.