Hair Dye Stain on Marble Vanity Top


I have a hair dye stain on my marble countertop that has been there for a long time.

A bottle of Loving Care hair dye turned over behind a basket I had on the counter and I didn't notice it until I removed the basket.


Long time?... not good, but you may still be able to get it out with several applications of a poultice.

Different stains require different chemicals to remove them. It's too much info to go into here, but for complete details see the Removing Granite & Marble Stains e-book.

But here's the basic idea:

Make a Poultice

1. Mix the chemical needed for your particular stain (depends on the substance that did the staining) and some talc powder.

Talc is easy to find and most of the other ingredients you may need are common and cheap.

2. Mix the chemical and talc into a paste like peanut butter.

3. Apply poultice to the stain about 1/2 thick and 1/2 border.

4. Cover poultice with plastic wrap, seal edges with masking tape and let sit 48 hours.

5. Remove plastic, but don't touch poultice. Let it dry another day until hard.

6. Remove with plastic/wood spatula.

7. Repeat process until stain has been drawn out of the stone.

This process may leave a dull spot from the hydrogen peroxide etching the polish. Can't be helped if you want the stain out. Nothing else will remove it. If this happens, use ETCH REMOVER / Marble Polishing product.

Be patient and keep at it. You should have some luck, but yes... it may be that you can't get all the stain out if it's too deep into the stone. Not unless you want to re-surface and re-polish the entire marble countertop. Ouch!

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Sucess in removing black hair dye from white quartz countertop
by: Anonymous

I put a few drops of bleach on the stain and applied baking soda paste (baking soda + water) on top. I left it on until the paste dried. The 1st and 2nd application, each for less then 2 hourse, lightened the dye. The 3rd time I left it overnight and voila, not a trace of the hair dye. I was very relieved. Mine is a white enginerred stone countertop, the kind like ceaserstone.

used a Clorox Bleach Pen and it worked on ink
by: Anonymous

Just in case someone comes across this searching for an ink stain solution (which I couldn't find) my man-made white bathroom vanity top got dyed with magazine cover ink that mixed with rubbing alcohol (shockingly fast and deep stain!) that had spilled on the countertop.

I created a similar poultice using a Clorox Bleach Pen (for laundry) by making a puddle of the pen solution and covering it overnight with a glass upside down (to keep it wet) two nights in a row and it worked.

thanks ryan
by: Anonymous

thanks ryan, ur a gem. used hydrogen peroxide the developer from hair dye, johnson talc and bread soda and was removed just as u said. am in rental accommodation, so twas really worried but was perfect on day 3/4.
thanks marie

Thanks Ryan
by: Anonymous

Ryan, thanks for the prompt response and I appreciate the help. I'll let you know how it turns out.

by: Ryan


The 20 volume is not as strong as 12% but it can still work. 12% is the same as 40 volume. Very often you need to repeat the procedure several times.

You could order the 12% HP online or just try what you have a few more times and don't rush the process. Let it sit and dry out before removing.

What kind of Hydrogen Peroxide?
by: Anonymous

Hello Ryan.

What kind of Hydrogen Peroxide did you use? I used a product called "20 Volume Clear" by Salon Care, a stabilized formula. It was the only Hydrogen Peroxide I was able to find in a retail store, without getting it online. I followed your instructions, but unfortunately it did not work very well. I can order a 12% Hydrogen Peroxide solution over the internet and try it again, but I wanted to check first and make sure I was using the correct ingredients.

Thanks for your help.

Dye on Marble
by: Anonymous

I went to Sally's and got a bottle of peroxide for $4 then went to dollar tree and bought foot powder with the first ingredient being talc. And mixed as mentioned and covered and this worked perfectly

This Worked... Again!
by: Ryan


Glad to hear you got some positive results. If you didn't know, hydrogen peroxide can be a dangerous chemical when concentrated, so be careful using the 40% solution. You probably have a "stabilized" solution so it's ok, but use rubber gloves, skin and eye protection.

And good luck knocking out that stain!

Wow, this worked great
by: Ryan

Great! Glad to hear it. Now you are a real natural stone pro!

Wow, this worked great
by: Gina

I had dripped hair dye on my brand new travertine floors!!! Yikes! But your advise worked really well. Thank you so much!

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