Things You'll Need
Water-based stripping compound
Paintbrush or sponge
Scratch-free scrub sponge
Marble polishing compound
Marble countertops in bathrooms and marble flooring are beautiful, timeless additions to any décor. Since marble is a very porous stone, stains can occur quickly. Never use harsh chemicals on a porous stone surface. Something as common as soda pop can acid etch the surface and cause extensive damage that is expensive to fix or replace. Latex paint is removable using a water-based stripping agent. Almost any homeowner is capable of bringing back the marble luster without backbreaking work or stifling fumes.
Lightly coat the marble surface that has latex paint on it with water-based stripping compound. Use a small paintbrush or sponge for application. There are many brands available at home improvement centers. Check the label instructions before purchase to know if it is safe for marble surfaces.
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Scrub the surface with a scratch-free scrub sponge. Rinse with warm water and a sponge. Allow the surface an hour to dry.
Rub any areas that have remaining paint film with a rag dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Make sure to remove all of the paint before continuing. Apply a second round of the stripping agent if there is any latex paint still visible. Rinse and wipe the surface again with alcohol. Let the marble completely dry for a 24-hour period.
Spray the surface with a marble polishing product. Let the polish dry to an opaque film. Buff the surface to a high shine with a soft towel.
Maintain a quality sealant on all marble surfaces for maximum damage protection.
Clean up spills quickly to avoid permanent stains.
Do not use harsh or abrasive chemicals on marble surfaces. Find out more about marble at servicemagic.com. (See Resource.)