How to Clean Old Marble Countertops?

Marble is a popular choice for countertops. But it is also susceptible to staining, scratches, and etching. So it is important to care for the stone wall. While most stains can be removed with household products, some blemishes may require professional restoration. There are a number of ways to remove stains, but you should be careful not to use harsh chemicals or cleansers. 

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First, you should identify the type of stain. Oil based stains will need to be treated chemically, while water-based stains can be cleaned with hydrogen peroxide, detergent, and mineral spirits. However, you should test the cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area to ensure it does not damage your marble. 

Next, you should try to remove the stain as quickly as possible. You can do this with a soft cloth and some water. But if you are dealing with a particularly stubborn stain, you might want to consider a stronger cleaning product. You can use a single edged razor blade at an angle to remove caked on debris. You can also scrub the stains with a softer sponge. You can also apply a baking soda and water mixture to the affected area, but you must be careful not to scratch the surface. Once the baking soda and water has been wiped off, you should wipe the surface with a clean, dry cloth. 

Another option is to apply a poultice. A poultice is a paste-like cleaning agent that can be used to lift stains. You can buy premixed commercial poultices or create one yourself. These should be made of a consistency similar to thick peanut butter. If you are going to create your own poultice, you should cover it with tape. After 24 hours, you can wash off the poultice with soap and water. 

You can also use a baking soda and water solution to clean marble. This is a mild abrasive, so you shouldn’t use it with abrasive scrubbers. This method can be effective at removing some stains, but it may take several treatments to eliminate all traces. 

If you have darker marble, you can use a 12% hydrogen peroxide solution to remove surface stains. For deeper stains, you can try a lacquer thinner. But you should be aware that if you use too much solution, it could etch or discolor your marble. 

If you have a stain on your marble, you should be sure to wash it off as soon as possible. If you are dealing with an ink stain, for example, you can soak a cotton swab in acetone. You can then dip it in the acetone to remove the ink stain. If your marble is dark, you may need to make several treatments to completely get rid of the stains. 

In addition to cleaning your marble countertop, you should seal it every three to six months. This will help protect your marble from stains, scratching, and dirt. You can find sealers that are designed for porous stone at most home improvement stores.