How to Remove Stains From Fake Marble Countertops

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The latest trend in kitchen remodeling, marble countertops give kitchens and bathrooms luxurious looks for a high price tag. Faux, or fake, marble countertops, however, are available in a variety of styles at much less than the price of real marble. They are also simpler, and thus less expensive, to install. Although you may not have splurged for real marble countertops, you still want to keep your faux marble ones looking their best, which includes removing stains left on them.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Cerama Bryte or Formula 509
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Ammonia
  • Corn Starch
  • Water

Remove and Prevent Stains on Faux Marble

Purchase Cerama Bryte, Formula 409, or a similar product from your local hardware store. These are formulated to be safe on marble and can also be used for faux marble. Squeeze the cleaner onto a paper towel and rub the stain firmly. Wet a clean paper towel with water and wipe off the area.

Dampen a paper towel with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia to remove stains caused by coffee, tea and soda or other organic stains. Put a piece of plastic wrap over the treated stain, taping the edges to keep it in place; this will keep the area damp. Let the mixture soak in for 12 to 24 hours, then remove the plastic wrap. Wet a clean paper towel with water and wipe off the treated area.

Coat stains caused by oils from butter or hand cream in corn starch. This will absorb the top layer of the stain-causing item. Brush the corn starch away after 3 minutes and apply another coat of corn starch. After 24 hours, wipe the stain away with an ammonia-soaked paper towel. Rinse the treated area with warm water and wipe dry with a clean soft towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Clean your faux marble countertops daily with dishwashing detergent and warm water.
  • Prevent burn stains by keeping hot pots and pans off your faux marble. If you must place hot items on the countertops, use trivets or use layers of heat-resistant padding below them.
  • Do not let water sit on countertops for too long, as it may cause rust stains to form.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners like bleach and Lime Away to clean faux marble surfaces. Don't use steel wool either, as this will degrade the surface of your faux marble.

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