White marble counters are all the rage for many areas of the home, including the kitchen. These countertops look beautiful, but come hand in hand with a lot of additional maintenance necessary to keep their good looks. Many of the liquids and foods found in the kitchen can easily penetrate the porous surface of the marble. And when that liquid is deep in color like many red wines, the resulting stain may leave a mark that’s difficult to conceal. While you may not be able to remove all traces of the wine from your counter, if a spill occurs, it may be possible to help reduce its impact.
Start by blotting up as much of the liquid as you can. If your marble has been sealed, this may help a lot of the wine to remain on the surface where it can be more easily wiped away. If the stone has not been sealed, it may absorb more of the liquid. Do not rub at the spill, as this may push the liquid deeper into the stone.
Once you’ve removed the excess liquid, soak a cloth in hydrogen peroxide and place it on the stain. Cover this with plastic wrap and set a heavy book on top. Leave it for a few hours to give the peroxide time to lift the stain. Wipe away the excess with clean water.
If the stain remains after the peroxide treatment, you may need to use a poultice to bring up the rest. Purchase a poultice made specifically for marble, and if possible, use one that is intended for organic stains like wine. Spread the poultice paste onto the stain and cover with fresh plastic wrap. Leave the poultice overnight, then rinse with clean water. Two or more applications may be necessary to finish lightening the stain. Poultices work by pulling the stains up to the surface of the stone where they can be wiped away; stains that were left to sit too long may have penetrated too deeply for the poultice to reach.
Always do your best to wipe up spills as soon as you notice them to help prevent deep staining. Protect your marble with regular sealings, and try not to worry about ordinary spills in the kitchen.