Remember when I said we weren’t worthy of these fancy new counter tops? These counter tops I’ve wanted since we moved in but just installed? And you all were probably thinking ‘oh give me a break with your worthiness’….. but I meant it. We just can’t have nice things, because we ruin them. And by “we” I usually mean “him”…. but this time it was my fault. All. My. Fault.
See that? That is a set-in stain, deep in the stone. I was trying to do the right thing by putting out a trivet that my MIL gave me. You know, to protect the precious white marble that’s too good for us. A granite trivet on the back of which she glued bright green felt. Well, the trivet got wet and I didn’t notice. The next day I saw a little blue halo peaking out from under it and low and behold…. a bright blue dye stain. I called the installer, the installer that had just been at my house 2 days ago, and he said it would be about $500 to grind it out and re-hone the stone. So to Google I turned!
At first I made a poultice of 12% hydrogen peroxide (at the beauty supply store this is called ’20 volume’) and baking soda and let it sit for about 3 days under saran wrap. This was the stain after 3 days:
Not much difference, so I took it up a notch. 20% Hydrogen Peroxide (note: at the beauty supply store this is called ’40 volume’) and applied it directly with cotton balls as the poultice. This is serious stuff, so you must use hand protection and caution.
I let it sit for an entire week and risked the poultice etching the stone. I checked my little experiment each day and lo and behold (sounds trumpet):
It’s not perfect, but it is so damn close.
I wanted to put this out there to give others hope: it is possible to get out fabric dye from white marble. This method works on sharpie markers too! Don’t ask me how I know that!