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We are replacing a bathroom faucet. Under each handle is a

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Hi. We are replacing a bathroom faucet. Under each handle is a circular yellow stain that we can't remove. The new faucet handles aren't wide enough to cover the stains. Do you know how to remove the stains? I think the vanity top is cultured marble?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Daniel Plourde replied 1 year ago.

hi i am dan, i can help you with this, is the stain on a smooth surface?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I can send a picture if that would be helpful.
Expert:  Daniel Plourde replied 1 year ago.

ok what i would recommend first is using a pumice stone to scrub it you can also use any of the other cleaning solution with it too just as long as it stays lubricated

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
that won't scratch?
Expert:  Daniel Plourde replied 1 year ago.

no pumice is very soft. i use it on porciline a lot but just to be safe you can test it on a small area to be sure.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I've been trying it for several minutes and nothing is happening. How long do you think it will take?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Is it an oil stain from the plumber's putty?
Expert:  Daniel Plourde replied 1 year ago.

it should not take too long, if that does not remove it the next step would be very strong cleaning chemicals. it may be the oil stain or a water stain if water got trapped under it but if it is very dificult then most likely oil. in that case a good degreaser is probably the next step.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's not a water stain. It's a yellow perfectly circular stain under where each handle was. No grit. Perfectly smooth surface.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Tried Goof Off, mineral spirits, baking soda, vinegar, Bar Keeper's Friend. Nothing is working.
Expert:  Daniel Plourde replied 1 year ago.

the next thing you may want to try is acetone. just be careful with it and wear good rubber gloves.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That didn't work either. I'm off to Home Depot to see if I can buy a different faucet that will cover it.
Expert:  Daniel Plourde replied 1 year ago.

ok if none of that worked then it may nit even be posible to remove. a different faucet is your best option at that point. if you have any more questions please let me know. if not i would appreciate it if you could rate me on my service and thank you for using just answer.

Expert:  Daniel Plourde replied 1 year ago.

do you have any more questions about this?

Expert:  Daniel Plourde replied 1 year ago.

If you don't have any more questions I would appreciate it if you could rate me on my service by selecting one of the 5 stars. Thank you