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Removing Stains from Marble

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Marble, while admittedly beautiful, is a porous and easily stained material. There are methods for removing stains from marble that will not damage the surface. This is a guide about removing stains from marble.
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May 11, 20040 found this helpful

This will work on many stains.

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Directions

Mix cornstarch and peroxide to form a paste. Cover the stain with the paste and let sit until dry (about an hour). Then remove the dried paste and rinse off the area.

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August 22, 2006

I have a marble slab in my shower that I kept shampoo, shaving cream and other things on. The problem is the metal cans have left rust stains on the marble. Can someone please tell me how to get the stains out? Desperately needing help.

Thanks,
Angelheart from Clyde, TX

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August 23, 20060 found this helpful

I removed yrs. of dirt from the marble piece on the floor in my bathroom doorway with that new Magic Pad from Mr. Clean. Maybe it would get the rust off.

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August 23, 20060 found this helpful

Angie,

Marble is very delicate. Don't use any bleach, vinegar or citrus products on it. The magic eraser might be the best because it is slightly abrasive without any chemicals that might harm it.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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August 23, 20060 found this helpful

baltimore city is famous for its marble steps. the ladies used to clean them every day. they used bleach. it isnt like you could ruin it more.

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September 23, 20060 found this helpful

I have used a regular green scrubbing pad that you can buy to clean your dishes. Just buff as hard as you dare with the dampened cleaner and the stains will be removed. Do not press too hard though, as you may scratch the marble.

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March 4, 20010 found this helpful

My marble countertops in the bathrooms have turned quite yellow in spots. Any suggestions on how to get them clean again? I've tried everything from bleach to Zap. Please help.

By Jean

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March 9, 20010 found this helpful

To remove stains from stone countertops make a poultice with diatomaceous earth and water adding the remedy below for the likely stain.

Rust - Iron Out

Coffee and tea - Hydrogen Peroxide

Ink, magic marker, etc - Methylene Chloride

Oil - Ammonia or a degrease

Paint - Mineral Spirits

They say the most important thing is to blot the stain quickly and not to wipe it because it can stain a larger area. Treat it as soon as possible. Marble is porous.

The link below has more information on stone care and refinishing. The article is written for stone professionals so is a little hard to follow. Hope this helps.

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March 20, 20011 found this helpful

Just read this the other day for removing stains from marble countertops. Use vineger and baking soda. - Betty

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September 27, 20050 found this helpful

I don't know the answer- but NEVER use vinegar or anything else acidic on real marbe (its ok on cultured marbe). It will actually etch the surface!

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February 25, 20060 found this helpful

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February 26, 2017

I saw on your site that it said to make paste from corn starch and peroxide. Can I use baking soda instead of corn starch. I have a beige marble slab that has dark staining in the veins. I have no idea what it is, but it's in the bathroom so it very well could be mold, but it's not on the surface. Will this technique work and if not, what will?

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

You can use baking soda. It is a very mild abrasive and won't harm the marble.

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February 26, 20170 found this helpful

Corn starch is a more neutral substance, whereas baking soda is very alkaline/basic, in the way that bleach is (though way less powerful) as such it is a good cleaning agent, but could be dangerous for delicate substances. I can't imagine it would hurt marble but you might want to test it.

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February 27, 20170 found this helpful

I tried it with no luck. I really am baffled how to clean it. The staining is within the veining of the marble. Haven't seen anything like it on line.

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November 19, 2016

How do I remove a stain from a marble countertop?

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December 27, 20160 found this helpful

I use Soft Scrub on my counter tops. It is non abrasive and it has only a small amount of bleach to remove the stain. Put it on, rub it in, let it set over night, and rinse it off the next day. I use soft scrub on so many things. And you don't have to buy name brand, the store brands are exactly the same! Good luck.

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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

Use diluted dish soap. Never use acid like lemons or vinegar

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April 22, 20120 found this helpful

I was told to use CLR on water spots on my table (marble). To my surprise it left even more spotting. I was told to use a buffer with rubbing compound. I did that and it cleaned it up a little, but the spots are still there. I'm sick to my stomach about what has happened. Is there anyone that can help me?

By Robert

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September 20, 20140 found this helpful

How do I remove water spots and make my marble table shine look like new?

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February 8, 2010

How do you remove a yellow stain on a marble bathroom countertop?

By Sherrie from KY

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February 8, 20100 found this helpful

Things You'll Need:

Latex gloves

Small bowl

Hydrogen peroxide

Clean cloth or towel

Step 1 Pour 1 tbsp. of hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl. Wear latex gloves to protect your hands.

Step 2 Dip a clean cloth or towel into the bowl of hydrogen peroxide.

Step 3 Wring out any excess liquid from the cloth or towel. The cloth or towel should be damp---not dripping with hydrogen peroxide.

Step 4 Wipe the yellow stain with the hydrogen peroxide-soaked cloth or towel. Do not rinse the surface or rub the counter.

Step 5 Let the area air dry.

Step 6 Repeat steps 2 through 5 to remove other yellow stains from your counters. Good luck.

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December 15, 2009

We moved into a house that appears to have nicotine stains on the white marble bathroom countertops. I have tried Soft Scrub and lemon juice, both with no success. Any suggestions?

Nancy

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December 16, 20090 found this helpful

Trisodium Phosphate and water. This can be found at the pharmacy. You can also use ammonia, either straight or mixed with vinegar and liquid detergent.

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March 8, 2007

Anyone have any luck with removing soap scum from marble? Especially the shower floor?

Thanks,
Christie from Kona, Hawaii

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March 12, 20070 found this helpful

Lemon Oil. The citric acid of the lemon cuts right through soap scum, but it not at all harsh. Try to get pure stuff, not something that has other additives. Make sure to wash the area well after, so it's not slippery.

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May 7, 2012

How do I get a mark off a new lightweight marble fireplace?

By Danny

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February 26, 2011

Is there anyway to remove unknown stains from cultured marble?

By kyazgal from Sun Lakes, AZ

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October 15, 2009

A dog got locked the dog in the bathroom by mistake and it pooped and peed on the black with white veining marble floor. There is now a hazey film over one section where the pee was and the pattern of poop (just a haze) over the other section. I'm going crazy trying to figure out how to clean the film off. Any suggestions?

By Candace from Tablerock Lake, MO

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