How to Clean Water Stains From Marble

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
  • Tape
  • Soft cloth
  • Neutral non-abrasive cleaner (acetone, hydrogen peroxide)
  • Microfiber cloth (chamois)

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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.


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