Removing Stains from Marble

May 11, 2004

Closeup of pink marble slab.This will work on many stains.



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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March 15, 2022

I have a marble countertop in my bathroom it has bad water stains. Have tried a few polishes and cleaners but nothing worked. How do I clean it?


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March 21, 20220 found this helpful
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There are special cleaners for marble, and I would recommend one. But if you want, you can mix up a bit of baking soda and water to a thick paste consistency, coat the stained areas and leave for several hours, then rinse with clean water and dry with a cloth. You can also make a paste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide - (like what you use on cuts), and do the same treatment.


If stains are gone, make sure the whole countertop is clean and dry, and use a good marble sealer to help prevent future stains. ***Never use vinegar on marble, as the vinegar is too acidic and will actually eat into marble leaving it looking pitted.

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August 27, 2017

I have some marble tiles that after 1 week, the edges are looking purple. I think this from a chemical reaction. How how can I remove the streaks?

Edges of Marble Tiles are Turning Purple - purple color along tile edges


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August 28, 20170 found this helpful

If you washed the tiles and they soaked in the water, they could have gotten stained. If you didn't I would contact the place you got it since you only have it a week.

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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.

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

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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By Cathy (Guest Post)
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, 2001

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


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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By guest (Guest Post)
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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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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August 7, 2015

My granddaughter used a thick white polish for leather on my marble dining table. She didn't remove it until the next day. I had trouble removing it, now I have a dull finish.

It use to shine and now it looks dull and dirty. Is there anything I can do?

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April 22, 2012

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


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?



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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?

Christie from Kona, Hawaii


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 Johnson from Tablerock Lake, MO

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