Making & Using Poultice
A poultice is a liquid cleaner or chemical mixed with a white absorbent material to form a paste about the consistency of peanut butter. The poultice is spread over the stained area to a thickness of about Â¼ to Â½ inch with a wood or plastic spatula, covered with plastic wrap, taped down, and left to work for 24 to 48 hours. The liquid cleaner or chemical will draw out the stain into the absorbent material. Poultice procedures may have to be repeated to thoroughly remove a stain, and some stains may never be completely removed.
Poultice materials include kaolin, fuller’s earth, whiting, diatomaceous earth, powdered chalk, white molding plaster, flour, or talc. Approximately one pound of prepared poultice material willcover one square foot. Do not use whiting or iron-type clays such as fuller’s earth with acid chemicals. Thereactionwill cancel the effect of the poultice. A poultice can also be prepared using white cotton balls, white paper towels or gauze pads.