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Removing Tomato Sauce Stains From A Marble Countertop

Marble is a popular material for use in kitchens due to its shimmering and patterned surface. However, marble is a porous material, and spills can easily seep into the surface. Some substances can actually stain and etch the rock. This happens when an acidic food, like tomato sauce, comes into contact with the stone. If you have recently spilled the sauce, then keep reading to learn how to remove the stain.

Create a Poultice

To remove the tomato sauce, you will need to create a poultice. A poultice is a thick cleaning paste that absorbs and cleans stains out of surfaces. To get rid of an organic stain, you can use hydrogen peroxide as your cleaning agent. Hydrogen peroxide will break down the bonds within the food item so the absorbing material can suck up the stain. You can make a poultice out of a variety of powders that include diatomaceous earth, baking soda, talc, plaster, or fuller’s earth. Place about two tablespoons of the powder in a small dish and add one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Mix the ingredients and add more powder until the poultice is the same consistency as peanut butter.

Place a generous amount of the poultice on the stain and use tin foil, plastic wrap, or a paper towel over the poultice. Allow the cleaning solution to work for a full day. You should start to see the poultice turning a red or pink color as the tomato sauce is pulled from the pores of the marble. Wipe away the poultice after one day. Reapply the cleaner if you still see the stain.

Polish The Marble

You will still be left with a small area along the marble that appears etched. To remove the etching, you can polish the area. One of the easiest ways to do this is to wet sand the marble. Use a piece of fine grit sandpaper. To minimize scratches and the appearance of an uneven surface, purchase a piece of 400 grit sandpaper. Place some water in a spray bottle. Spray the etched area and use your sandpaper to gently sand the area for about 30 seconds. Wipe the area with a microfiber cloth. Keep wetting and sanding until the surface appears smooth.

When you are done sanding, work with a professional to have a sealer placed over the marble. Sealers will fill in the pores on the surface of the marble so spills cannot seep into the stone. When picking out a sealer, opt for a water-based variety. These products are often VOC free, and this will mean that the counters will be food safe. 

For more information, contact a marble cleaning company in your area.