Removing Urine Stains From Marble

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Preface: The cleaning or removal of stains from stone may involve the use of liquids, detergents or solvents which may run off on adjacent material, discolor the stone or drive the stains deeper into porous stones. Use the products and techniques described here only for the combinations of dirt/stain and stone specified.

  1. This procedure includes guidance on cleaning marble stained with urine.
  2. See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines cover the following sections:
    1. Safety Precautions
    2. Historic Structures Precautions
    3. Submittals
    4. Quality Assurance
    5. Delivery, Storage and Handling
    6. Project/Site Conditions
    7. Sequencing and Scheduling
    8. General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)

These guidelines should be reviewed prior to performing this procedure and should be followed, when applicable, along with recommendations from the Regional Historic Preservation Officer (RHPO).

  1. For additional information on poulticing, see 04455-02-R.
  2. For general information on the characteristics, uses and problems associated with marble, see 04455-01-S.

NOTE: Chemical products are sometimes sold under a common name. This usually means that the substance is not as pure as the same chemical sold under its chemical name. The grade of purity of common name substances, however, is usually adequate for stain removal work, and these products should be purchased when available, as they tend to be less expensive. Common names are indicated below by an asterisk (*).

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide (H202):
    1. An unstable compound used especially as an oxidizing and bleaching agent, an antiseptic, and a propellant.
    2. Other chemical or common names include Peroxide of hydrogen*; Solution of hydrogen dioxide*; Superoxol*; (hydrogen peroxide is commonly sold as a 3% solution; Superoxol is a 30% solution; Superoxol causes flesh burns; 3% hydrogen peroxide does not).
    3. Potential Hazards: Toxic (when concentrated); Caustic to flesh (gasoline, kerosene and mineral spirits are each a mixture of compounds from petroleum, all of which fall within a specified range of properties); Flammable (in high concentration).
    4. Available from chemical supply house, drugstore, pharmaceutical supply distributor, or hardware store
  2. White absorbent material (molding plaster, untreated white flour, white tissue, paper towels, powdered chalk, talc, fullers earth or laundry whiting)
  3. Mineral water
  4. Plastic sheeting
  5. Clean dry towels for blotting the area after treatment


  1. Glass or ceramic container for mixing the solution
  2. Wooden utensil for stirring the ingredients
  3. Wood or plastic spatula
  4. Masking tape


  1. Examine the marble surface CAREFULLY to determine the cause of staining before proceeding with any cleaning operation.


NOTE: Do not use bleach on dark colored stones as this will cause the stone to lighten.

  1. Urine stains can be prevented by scattering an abrasive compound around the urinal or toilet and left overnight.
  2. For a neglected stain, apply a poultice of hydrogen peroxide and whiting:
    1. Thoroughly rinse the area to be treated with mineral water.
    2. Pour hydrogen peroxide in a glass or ceramic bowl. Use an amount adequate to fully cover the affected area.
    3. Thoroughly moisten the stained surface with this liquid. Be sure to dampen well beyond the stain.
    4. Mix the remaining liquid with the white absorbent material to form a paste the consistency of oatmeal or cake icing. (Approximately one pound of paste is needed for every square foot of surface area to be treated.)
    5. Using a wooden or plastic spatula, apply the paste to the stained surface in layers no more than 1/4 inch thick. The poultice should extend well beyond the stain to prevent forcing the stain into previously clean stone.
    6. Check the coating for air pockets or voids.
    7. Cover the poultice with plastic sheeting and seal with masking tape.
    8. Let set for 48 hours (unless otherwise specified).
    9. After set period, dampen the poultice with mineral water. Remove the poultice with a wooden or plastic spatula to avoid scratching the surface.
    10. Again, thoroughly rinse the cleaned area with mineral water, blot with clean towels and allow the surface to dry.
    11. Once the surface has dried completely, check foremaining residue and repeat the treatment if necessary.

Last Reviewed: 2017-08-13