How to Get Stains Out of Cultured Marble

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Cultured marble -- a mix of marble powder and a polyester resin -- requires a gentle touch when it comes to cleaning. Avoid using abrasives, which may damage the surface. Instead, use a soft cloth and liquid-based stain removers such as vinegar or a mild soap and water to treat many kinds of stains.

Try the Simplest First

Wipe the stained area with a mild dish soap or gentle, nonabrasive cleaner -- in some cases this may be enough to remove fresh stains or substances that have potential to stain if left on the cultured marble. Wipe the area with a damp cloth afterward to remove soap residue.

Hard-Water, Rust and Brown Spots

Vinegar does the trick when it comes to removing hard-water stains, rust and brown spots -- all caused by forms of mineral deposits. Vinegar eats away at the materials, much like commercial products designed to remove calcium, lime and rust.

Things You'll Need

  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Sponge or soft cloth

Step 1

Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.

Step 2

Spray the spots with the vinegar solution, allowing the liquid to sit for 30 minutes or longer.

Step 3

Wipe the sprayed areas with a damp sponge or cloth to rinse the cultured marble.

Step 4

Reapply the vinegar treatment if water spots remain, or spray undiluted vinegar over them. Wipe the area with a wet cloth or sponge after 30 minutes.

Stains from Hairspray and Sticky Substances

Remove sticky materials such as hairspray or tar by dabbing the spot with a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol. While alcohol generally will not damage the finish, test an inconspicuous area first to be sure. Cultured marble's stain-resistant properties vary depending upon the manufacturer, the condition of the surface and the type of finish coating the material.

Tip

  • If the cultured marble loses its shine after stain removal or after years of cleaning, rub an automotive polishing or buffing compound over it with a soft cloth, then wipe the residue away with another soft cloth.

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