How to Fix Stains on Your Countertops

Marble and granite have been used for decades for countertops in the bathroom, kitchen or just wherever it looks good. Because marble and granite are stone, people don’t think twice about the possibility of moisture stains or etching on their counter until they pick up a bottle of cleaner only to discover it has left stains. These stains, etchings and watermarks do happen from time to time but you likely don’t need to call a marble specialist to fix it for you. With a little knowledge you can fix etching on stains on your very own. Let’s discuss what the different stains actually are, as well as how to fix them.

How to Fix Stains on Your Granite or Marble or Granite Countertop

Difference Between Stains and Etching

A stain is a stain right? Well, not when it comes to marble or granite. A stain is a surface defect such as a ring from a glass of water while etching is actual corrosion of the stone from a chemical, such as vinegar or cleaning agent. How do you tell the difference? Stains are typically darker in color and are flush with the surface while etching is typically lighter or white in color and you will feel a slight depression in the surface of the granite or marble. Next is how to repair either.

How to Fix a Stain on Marble or Granite Countertops

  • Clean the area thoroughly with a soft cloth and water
  • Apply a thick (think yogurt) paste of baking and soda and water to the area.
  • Cover the area with plastic wrap and let it sit for 24 hours.
  • Remove the baking soda with a wet cloth. You may need steel wool to buff out any hard water deposits.
  • Repeat the process until the stain is removed.

Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

How to Fix Etching on Marble or Granite Countertops

  • Purchase a marble or granite polishing etch remover, available at hardware stores or countertop stores.
  • Make sure the product you’re using is meant for your surface type.
  • Follow the directions to rid yourself of any etching.

To avoid stains or etching in the future, avoid allowing moisture to sit on your countertop and never allow foreign chemicals, acidic liquids like vinegar or wine, or non-approved granite cleaners to touch the stone. Avoiding stains and etching in the first place is the best way to keep your granite or marble countertops shiny and new.

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