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Don

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658 days ago

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Someone left strawberries on a clients cutting board and now she has a nice red stain on it.

Any ideas on how to get rid of the stain??

Thanks….Don

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca


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madts

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#1 posted 658 days ago

Use wood bleach, AKA oxalic acid. Just follow instructions

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#2 posted 658 days ago

call it patina instead of a stain. It raises the value of the board. or do as described above.

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bobsmyuncle

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#3 posted 657 days ago

Try it first with hydrogen peroxide. It’s a mild organic stain remover. I use it to get berry juices out of my Formica counters. I also use it to remove organic stains from upholstery fabrics. After it does its thing, it converts to water and evaporates away.

Oxalic acid has its own dangers and must be removed before you use it for food use. Even sanding an un-neutralized oxalic acid treated wood can cause respiratory problems.

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Tennessee

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#4 posted 657 days ago

Another problem with oxalic acid is it only removes the first few thousandths of an inch of the stain. If you go back to resand, you might re-reveal the stain, if it went deep enough.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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