Marble is a natural surface used in sculpture, construction and furniture. It's a type of stone or, more specifically, limestone, defined by the location. For example, Carrara marble comes from Carrara, Italy. According to the United States Geological Survey, the United States produced $12 billion of marble in 2008. Marble in your home is an investment that you must protect. It's vital that you learn steps to clean and remove stains in a way that won't permanently damage the surface of the stone. Because of the porous nature of marble, even a simple water stain needs your immediate attention.
Things You'll Need
- Whiting powder
- Small bowl
- Plastic wrap
- Soft cloth
- Neutral non-abrasive cleaner (acetone, hydrogen peroxide)
- Microfiber cloth (chamois)
Mix the whiting powder according to the instructions on the package. You want a thick paste.
Apply the paste to the stained area. Try to keep it on the stain and not let it spread out. The layer should be about 1/4-inch thick.
Cover the area with plastic wrap, and tape it down. Allow to sit until dry. This might take up to two days.
Use a soft cloth to wipe the paste off, and then rinse with clean water.
If the stain remains, repeat the process until it disappears.
Clean with a neutral, non-abrasive cleaner. Rinse the marble with a damp cloth, and then dry with the chamois. Do not allow to air dry.
Apply a marble polish following the instructions on the product. This restores the luster and brilliance to your marble surface.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure to use coasters on all marble surfaces.
- Use trays on marble vanities to protect them from water stains.
- Keep hot items off marble, because they will etch the surface.