Step 4: Scrape of poultice remains

scraping off the dry poultice witha  putty knife
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Once the poultice is dry, its useful life is over. He scrapes the remains off the counter with a putty knife. The result gradually becomes apparent — like the classic movie scene where the doctor unwraps the gauze after plastic surgery. Hueston wipes the surface with a dry towel and is pleased to see that the stain has disappeared. If there's a ring around the newly cleaned area, it's residual moisture that should evaporate within a few weeks. To expedite the drying process, Hueston sometimes will sprinkle a bit of dried poultice over the spot.
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    Tools List

    • putty knife
      Putty knife
    • polishing tool
      Polishing tool

    Shopping List

    1. HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
    to mix with flour for food stain poultice

    2. DISHWASHING LIQUID
    to mix with flour for oil stain poultice

    3. HOUSEHOLD BLEACH
    to mix with flour for biological stains, like mold or mildew

    4. SODIUM HYDROSULFATE
    to mix with flour for rust stain poultice

    5. PLASTIC WRAP
    to cover poultice as it "wicks" out the stain

    6. BLUE PAINTER'S TAPE
    to secure plastic wrap

    7. MARBLE POLISHING POWDER
    to refinish the surface

    8. POLYESTER POLISHING PAD

    9. SEALANT