Getting ready in the morning can have you in a rush and the last thing you want to do is get makeup all over your beautiful natural stone counters in the bathroom. If you do get makeup on your beautiful counters do not fret, there is a way to remove it, read on to discover how.
Though it seems like powdered makeup would be easy to clean up because it is dry, it can get into the pores of the stone if you just wipe it with a cloth. If you have smudged powder makeup residue on your stone countertop grab some acetone, baking soda, and a clean dry cloth. Make a poultice (paste) made from the acetone and baking soda. A 50/50 ratio of acetone and baking soda should work well. Leave the poultice on the stain for 24 hours and then dampen the rag and use to clean the poultice away. The counter should be clean and makeup free.
Cream makeups should easily be cleaned up with the use of a daily cleaner made just for natural stone. As long as your stone is properly sealed and not due for another application of sealant. If a stain has resulted from a weak or overdue stone sealing then you will want to make a poultice with acetone and baking soda as described in the powdered makeup section and then call a professional stone cleaner to reapply your seal.
Be very careful when cleaning lipstick from your natural stone counter. You will want to gently pick up any solid pieces, if there are some, to get them out of the way. We suggest scooping it up with a spoon. Be careful not to apply pressure when cleaning up lipstick stains; you don’t want to drive brightly colored makeup into the stone’s pores. After picking up as much lipstick from the counter as possible, clean any remaining stain with acetone and baking soda poultice.
Etched Makeup Marks
Etched stains occur when the stain looks like it is trapped beneath the seal and deep into the pores. This is not a stain you can clean up on your own. You will need to call in the help of a professional stone cleaner for etched stains.
Preventing Future Makeup Stains
The best way to prevent stains of any kind on your natural stone counters is to stay current with professional cleaning and sealing. Ideally, it should be done once a year. A strong and proper seal will do wonders to prevent things from soaking into the pores of the stone. Polishing after sealing will also keep them looking shiny and new.
For natural stone care in Snohomish and surrounding areas make an appointment with All Kleen.