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olive oil stain on unsealed natural stone


I just got a new natural stone backsplash and got olive oil splatter stains while cooking. Any ideas on how to get them out before sealing?


Hi David,

Try treating the backsplash with a degreaser. You can find degreasers at Lowes or Home Depot.

Because the splatter marks are on a vertical surface this could be a little more difficult. Keep the surface wet with degreaser for as long as you can before rinsing.

If this doesn't work, try wetting some paper towels with the degreaser and sticking them to the vertical surface and leaving for several hours.

After a day or so, remove the wet towels and let the stone dry to see the progress. If the splatter marks are still there, try this process again.

Remember to rinse and allow a few hours to dry between applications to see your progress.

Keep doing this application until you're satisfied. It may take a week or two of doing this, so have some patience, it will eventually pull the oil out.

I hope this helps.


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Jan 03, 2016
Olive Oil on Natural Stone
by: Pedro

I can only assume that the olive oil penetrated into the natural stone giving an enhanced look.

If you used an enhancing sealer it would do the same darkening the olive oil did.

The difference is the enhancing sealer is a sealer, the olive oil is a cooking oil.

I'm not sure if you will be able to remove the oil very easily. I guess you can go ahead and seal on top and hope it stays that darkened color.

I don't have any experience with using olive oil as an enhancer.

I hope it all works out for you.

Dec 27, 2015
olive oil looks good on natural stone
by: Anonymous

My wife put olive oil on part of my newly installed backsplash with natural stone while I was out buying sealant. It looks awesome, brings out the color. Can I put sealer on top of it? Do I need to remove it or should I finish the rest of the kitchen?

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