Coffee, Tea and Wine
Considered some of the "organic stains," wine, tea and coffee are dark-toned beverages leave a mark while keeping us happy and/or hydrated. They hydrate marble, too, though but only to the extent that the marble holds the memory of the drinks in its porous surface.
A pasty poultice applied and left on the marble works well, and hydrogen peroxide or hair bleach is effective as with other stains. Floors, counters and tables of marble are coveted because they look so good in just about any home, but using them can be a little intimidating if you're worried about cuts, stains or dulled finishes.
Fortunately, it's not hard to take care of marble without losing your marbles. So, err, shine on!
- Field, Anne. "Marble Stain Removal." MSUE.MSU.com. June 24, 2003. (June 1, 2012) http://www.msue.msu.edu/objects/content_revision/download.cfm/revision_id.495405/workspace_id.-4/01500435.html/
- Hueston, Frediric M. "Removing Stains from Marble and Other Natural Stones." EuroTechMarble.com. 2010. (June 1, 2012) http://eurotechmarble.com/removingstains.htm
- Hueston, Frediric M. "Removing Yellow Discoloration from Marble." GSA.gov. Feb. 24, 2012. (June 1, 2012) http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/112906
- Marble Institute of America. "Stain Removal." Marble-Institute.com. 2012. (June 1, 2012) http://www.marble-institute.com/consumers/stains.cfm
- Osborne, Terry. "Removing Stains from Marble." ChicagoTribune.com. Feb. 28, 1986. (June 1, 2012) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1986-02-28/entertainment/8601150564_1_marble-owners-marble-institute-stain
- Warde, John. "Marble Responds to Cleaning, Polishing, and Stain Removal." ChicagoTribune.com. Dec. 23, 1988. (June 1, 2012) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1988-12-23/entertainment/8802260831_1_marble-chlorine-bleach-stains
There are thousands of reported uses for WD-40, an aerosol lubricant that's as handy as duct tape. We look at 12 of the more creative ones we've found.