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How to remove a stain or etch on a marble countertop?

Updated: Sep 8

Marble countertops, vanity tops, floors and showers all are susceptible to staining. Oil, coffee, wine, fruit, spices, rust and many other things will stain or etch marble countertops. Often stain removal, and sometimes etching removal can be done without having a stone professional come to your home. Below we will recommend some of the products we use and recommend to homeowners should they be able to remedy their problems by themselves.

When we do a restoration project we often recommend having some of the below products on hand to help remove stains and light etching quickly after they occur. The sooner you treat a stain, the better your results will be.

For organic stains, (coffee, oils, fruit, wine, etc) we recommend customers use poultice to treat the stains themselves. Mangia Macchia is the poultice of choice at Rose Restoration for organic stain removal! To use this product you simply apply it on top of the stain and then allow it to dry out which will typically take overnight or all day long. When it is wet the poultice interacts with the stain and then as it drys it pulls the stain out of the stone. Sometimes it will leave a wet mark that will dry after a few days.

For rust stains, we recommend customers use a different poultice, RSR2000, which you can also purchase below. This product is applied over the rust stain and then is removed in few minutes as it turns a purple color. Often it is necessary to apply this product many times to remove the stain. It is very important when using this poultice to remove it as it starts to turn purple because if you don't, you will have a purple mark that will take a few weeks to go away.

For etching, whether or not you can treat it yourself depends on how much and how deep the etches are. For light etches on polished stone you can try a polishing powder or paste to polish the spot by hand. This polishing powder works on white and black stones. Most of the time with etching you will need a professional to come and use diamond abrasives to remove it, however, for light etches you can often do it yourself!

If you would like to have your stain or etch professionally removed, call or email Rose Restoration and we will provide you with a complimentary quote!


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