How to Clean Rust Off of Marble in a Shower


It is easy to spot a rust stain on marble. It shows up as a perfect circle under the shaving cream can or the striped image of a screw. The Marble Institute of America says that rust is one of the most difficult stains to remove. It offers the following instructions for removing or at least improving a rust stain. If scrubbing with one of the safe nonabrasive scrubbers has not removed your rust stain, don't resort to steel wool. Try this.

Things You'll Need

  • Commercial liquid rust remover
  • Diatomaceous earth (sedimentary rock that crumbles and has an abrasive quality, like pumice)
  • Distilled water
  • Plastic wrap
  • Masking tape
  • Soft cloth
  • Mix liquid rust remover with diatomaceous earth to form a thick paste.

  • Wet the marble with distilled water.

  • Cover the stained area with a layer of the mixture one quarter to one half inch thick. Extend the mixture at least an inch beyond the stained area.

  • Cover this with plastic wrap and tape down the edges.

  • Allow to dry for one or two days.

  • Remove the stain-removing mixture, rinse with distilled water and dry with a soft cloth.

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  • Photo Credit Marble texture image by Dusaleev V. from waterdrops on marble image by Stephen Orsillo from
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