How to Clean Stained Marble

marble-surfaceMarble is a beautiful and elegant stone that can be found in many homes and businesses. It’s also very easy to keep clean, which is why we often see it as countertops or flooring. However, even the most well-taken care of marble has stains eventually. The question then becomes how do you remove these stains? In this blog post, I are going to cover the various ways you can use at home to clean your stained marble!

Why does marble get stained?

Marble is a porous material that is composed of calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is quite soluble in acidic solutions, so the soda water with lemon will be enough to make it dissolve. Marble can also get stained from dye substances such as coffee, tea, wines, and some other drinks especially when they are mixed with sugar or milk (which add acidity).

What causes stains

  1. Marble can be stained by food, ink, and dye. While marble is fairly durable and stains are rare, it does happen. Almost any acidic agent (including wine which contains a small amount of acid) has the potential to etch or discolor marble.
  2. Acidic foods like lemons and grapefruit will leave behind an unattractive yellow stain if spilled onto marble. If your marble is dyed – especially white stone-like Carrara Marble – you need to take special care not to spill fruit juice or acidic foods on it.
  3. Marble countertops can easily get stains from using strong cleaning products such as concentrated bleach, ammonia cleaners, etc for removing dirt and grime from them. Coffee spills usually leave ugly brown marks on marble surfaces, which are difficult to remove.
  4. When you leave an oily residue on the counter, it can create discoloration when exposed to heat. If these oils are not wiped off immediately, they will turn into soap scum and when they dry in contact with heat or even in the air, they become hard like wax.

How to protect marble from stains

Sealing your marble is the best way to protect it from staining. A sealant will help to create a barrier between the marble and any liquids or foods that may come into contact with it. Sealing your marble can also help to reduce the amount of dirt and dust that accumulates on its surface.

There are a number of different sealants available, so be sure to choose one that is specifically designed for marble.

Sealants can be applied using a brush, roller, or sprayer, and most coatings will need to be reapplied every few years.

In addition to sealing your marble, you can also take steps to protect it from spills. Place coasters or placemats under glasses and cups, and use trivets when cooking. If a spill does occur, be sure to clean it up right away.

Marble stains: Let’s clean them off!

Ink/paint

Ink without chemical additives can be removed from marble by scraping off with a sharp knife letting the ink flow under it while gently applying more pressure. If there are still traces of ink later after the initial cleaning, mix half a teaspoon of liquid soap or dish detergent in water and clean the area again. You can use a piece of cloth to wipe away any excess ink or soap, then rinse using cold water and dry immediately with a lint-free cloth.

Paint can be removed in a similar way as ink, by scraping off the paint and using a mixture of soap and water.

Oil

Oil can be removed from marble by using an absorbent material such as a paper towel or a cloth. Blot the area where the oil is present and continue blotting until the oil is absorbed. You may need to replace the absorbent material several times before the oil is fully absorbed. Once the oil is gone, clean the area with soap and water.

Cola/tea/coffee

Cola, tea, and coffee can all be removed from marble by using a mixture of vinegar and water. First, soak a cloth in vinegar and place it on the stained area. Allow the vinegar to soak in for a few minutes, then wet another cloth in cold water and place it over the vinegar. Leave the cloths on for about 15 minutes, then remove and rinse the area with cold water. Dry immediately with a lint-free cloth.

Blood

Blood can be removed from marble by using hydrogen peroxide. Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the bloodstain. Leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water and dry immediately with a lint-free cloth.

Mud

Mud can be removed from marble by using a mixture of dish soap and water. Mix the dish soap with enough water to create a sudsy solution, then use a cloth to wipe the mud away. Rinse with cold water and dry immediately with a lint-free cloth.

Gum

Gum can be removed from marble by using ice. First, freeze the gum by placing an ice cube on top of it. Once the gum is frozen, use a sharp object (like a knife) to scrape it off the surface. If there are still traces of gum, use a mixture of dish soap and water to clean the area. Rinse with cold water and dry immediately with a lint-free cloth.

If you have a small spot on your marble that needs attention, you can use a toothbrush and some baking soda to clean it up.

First, make a paste out of baking soda and water. Then, using the toothbrush, apply the paste to the stain and scrub it until it’s gone. Be sure to rinse the area thoroughly afterward. If the stain is particularly stubborn, you may need to repeat the process a few times. But with a little elbow grease, you should be able to get rid of any unsightly blemishes on your marble surface.

Conclusion

Marble can be a beautiful material for your home, but it is susceptible to stains. This blog post has the best tips on how to clean marble and remove those stubborn spots that just won’t go away! Follow these tips in order to keep your precious stone looking as good as new.

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