How To Remove Stains From Marble

 How To Remove Stains From Marble

While marble countertops have a sophisticated and beautiful look, one issue with having them is dealing with spills. Marble is quite porous so any spills will seep into the marble creating stains as well as make it difficult to remove.

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Many types of liquids and sauces can leave their mark including coffee, tea, water, juice, ketchup, vegetable oils, etc.

The best and simplest way to prevent spills from seeping in and creating stains is to wipe the mess up as soon as you can by simply using just a soft damp cloth. Otherwise the longer the mess sits the more time you will have to spend cleaning it. 

Here are five tips on how to remove stains from marble.

1. Dish soap

Wet a cloth with water and dish liquid and wipe over the affected area. Then wipe with a dry cloth to get rid of any moisture or smears. 

2. Baking soda

To clean a marble surfaces with baking soda, sprinkle a little on to the area then rub (don't scrub) this around using a soft cloth. You then need to rinse the area and dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth, trying to not let the baking soda sit on the surface for too long – work quickly. As baking soda is an alkali, the water will neutralize the area again so it is essential you wipe it down well. 

3. Rubbing alcohol spray

Pour 1/8 cup of rubbing alcohol into a 16 oz. spray bottle. Add a couple drops of liquid dish detergent then fill the bottle with water. Shake before use. Spray area then wash.

4. Corn starch

Spray spot lightly with distilled water then sprinkle a thick layer of corn starch over the area. Leave for 24 hours or longer. Wipe up then reapply if needed.

5. Marble poultice

A marble poultice is used to draw stains out of marble surfaces. It consists of a liquid cleaner such as water, hydrogen peroxide, acetone, or ammonia mixed with a white absorbent material such as baking soda, flour, diatomaceous earth, powdered chalk, etc to form a paste.

Spread a thin layer of the poultice (about 1/4 – 1/2 inch) over the stained area using a wooden spatula.

Next cover the poultice with plastic wrap and secure it in place with tape.

Leave for about 24 to 48 hours, to allow the poultice to dry out completely. The liquid cleaner will draw out the stain into the absorbent material during the drying process.

Once the paste is fully dry, use a cloth soaked in warm, soapy water to wipe away the paste (do not scrape the poultice off, as you risk scratching the marble surface).

Rinse with clean water and buff dry with a soft microfiber cloth.

If the stain is still visible, repeat the entire process. It may necessary to apply several applications depending on the type of the stain.

How To Remove Stains From Marble

Do you know of any other ways to remove stains from marble?

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