How to Repair Damaged Marble

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Varying mineral compositions provide marble’s exceptional colors and vein patterns.
Varying mineral compositions provide marble’s exceptional colors and vein patterns. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Known for its sleek surface and lasting stability, marble remains a preferred natural stone material in households. Marble flooring, countertops, sinks and wall tiles add a touch of elegance to home décor. Although marble is undoubtedly durable, it isn’t insusceptible to damage. Marble is soft enough to become scratched from abrasive objects, which dull and mar its natural sheen. Exposure to acidic liquids, such as vinegar or acid-based cleaners, causes marble to become etched. Promptly repair scratched and etched marble using certain techniques.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid stone soap
  • Bowl
  • Soft, clean cloths
  • Soft, clean towels
  • Super fine grade steel wool pad
  • Stone polishing cream
  • Marble polishing powder

Removing Scratches

Prepare a solution of 1 tsp. liquid stone soap and 1 qt. of warm water in a bowl. Thoroughly combine the soap and water.

Dampen a soft, clean cloth in the stone soap solution. Wipe the scratched marble with the dampened cloth to remove dust, oil and film.

Moisten a second soft, clean cloth with plain warm water. Wipe the cloth over the affected marble to rinse away the stone soap solution and loosened crud.

Dry the damp marble with a soft, clean towel.

Buff the scratched marble in circular motions with a dry, super fine grade steel wool pad. Remove as much of the scratch as possible.

Apply a quarter-size dollop of stone polishing cream to a third soft, clean cloth. Buff the affected marble with the cloth until the scratch is fully removed.

Removing Etch Marks

Create a cleaning solution of 1 tsp. liquid stone soap and 1 qt. of warm water. Thoroughly combine the soap and water in a bowl.

Dip a soft, clean cloth in the stone soap solution. Wipe the etched marble with the wet cloth to remove crud buildup.

Saturate a second soft, clean cloth with plain warm water. Wipe cloth over the affected marble to rinse away the stone soap solution and loosened gunk. Don’t dry the marble.

Sprinkle a uniform layer of marble polishing powder onto the wet etch marks. Apply the powder as indicated by the manufacturer.

Moisten a third soft, clean cloth with warm water. Rub the polishing powder into the etch marks using the moistened cloth. Buff the marble until the etch marks completely vanish.

Dry the marble with a soft, clean towel.

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