They can become crusty from soap scum, residue from shampoo, conditioner, body washes and other shower products. Learn how to clean marble and to take care of cleaning marble surfaces.

It is limestone that has metamorphosed and combined with natural elements, resulting in a relatively. I have tried this several times on an old stain that was here when we moved in. Learn how to make marble floors shine again along with floor restoration services for all other natural stones.

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Tips on selecting best grout sealer and how often to seal grout. Add 1 cup vinegar and put stopper or wet rag overtop until stops bubbling. Learn how to clean marble and to take care of cleaning marble surfaces.

Staining Tests On Granite Marble by

Just as you sit down to enjoy the meal you’ve prepared and your company, you realize that you didn’t have a chance to do a thorough wipe down of your countertop. We all want to be able to live in our homes, enjoy friends and family, cook meals and enjoy them in community. We don’t want a kitchen or a countertop that doesn’t fit into our lifestyle, we want it to be functional and look nice.

We will focus primarily on granite, with one marble surface included in our experiment for comparison. This holds true of most granite and quartz countertop materials, as they are both stain resistant surfaces. All of the samples were sealed with a 15 year commercial grade sealer. After the allotted time, we used just soap and water to clean the surface. Even after 10 minutes, we can see the residual stain from the olive oil. Due to the oils and acidity in the olive oil, the marble is actually etched, meaning the sheen from the marble is pulled out of the stone. The best thing to clean with is clean water on a sponge, or windex with a paper towel. Yes, in many cases you are able to pull out a stain with a poultice solution. What types of foods, liquids, or materials are most likely to stain your counter? The second highest offender would be moisture migration, meaning anytime you have moisture on the surface for any length of time, you run the risk of the moisture seeping into the stone.

The acid actually reacts with calcium carbonate in the marble, causing an etching in the stone. It looks beautiful, but will require care and upkeep to maintain it’s pristine look. The stone isn’t necessarily stained by the water, the water was just absorbed into the stone and it needs to “dry out”.

Sealer has actually made granite slightly more resistant to staining, for example from 95% to 97%. The active ingredient in sealer that makes the granite resistant to staining is a molecule smaller and finer than the carrying agent. Therefore, sealer should be applied directly onto the surface with just a rubber glove. Understanding your intended use of the space is key to selecting the right material for your project. If you have a busy kitchen with kids, a love to cook and prep food, you may lean toward a higher pattern or darker color for your granite. Again, understanding your lifestyle and how you will use your space is key in determining the right surface and the right color for your project.

You have just enough time to get everything on the table and put the dirty prep dishes in the sink or dishwasher before your guests arrive. The last thing you want to worry about during your dinner party is if your countertop is going to have a stain from anything you’ve spilled during your prep.

We want to be able to enjoy that dinner party and clean up the kitchen after the guests have gone home and we’ve enjoyed a nice evening. We want our children to be able to fix themselves a snack without panicking if they are going to leave spots and stains on the countertops. In this article, we will explore the durability of countertop stone as it relates specifically to food stains.

As a general rule, as long as you clean up after your meals and food prep you will not have an issue with staining. Marble can be a different story, and we will explore that in our experiment. During our experiment, we applied olive oil to our samples of granite and marble and let it sit for 10 minutes, 2 hours, and 24 hours. We snapped photos before, during, and after each time slot in our experiment, and we will review the findings below. There is no visible stain as the olive is removed after 10 minutes. At the 24 hour mark, you may see a slight discoloration, but it is disguised with the high pattern of the granite. After 10 minutes, the oil was able to be wiped up without leaving a stain.

The stain is even more pronounced and larger in size after 24 hours. As you can see in the photos, the oil that sat on the absolute granite for 10 minutes was wiped up without leaving behind a stain. At the 24 hour mark, this can be described more as a discoloration or “masking” appearance on the granite. By nature, marble is a more porous stone than granite, and we witnessed that in our experiment as well. The stain gets more pronounced as time goes on, increasing in size and darkening in color.

How To Clean Marble Stains Fast And Easy | Duration 8 Minutes 57 Seconds

Rather than purchasing the expensive granite cleaner or polish, you can use everyday household items to clean your stone on a routine basis.

A poultice is a combination of ingredients, custom prepared for each staining situation. The number one enemy of natural stone are oil based products, oils of all kinds, fats, and butter. This would require bringing in a professional to remove the stain and restore the polish on the marble. We would compare marble to selecting a fine wood top for a coffee table, dining table or piece of fine furniture.

Prior to it’s introduction, natural stone was still mostly impervious to staining. Since granite and quartz used in an interior application are not subjected to these two issues, sealer really only needs to be applied to a granite countertop once every 10-15 years. Since the molecule of the sealing agent is so small, if you apply sealer with an absorbent cloth such as cotton or a sponge, all of the sealing agent will be absorbed into the cloth or sponge. After the recommended time, the countertop should be wiped with a clean, dry rag.

Why Does White Marble Turn Yellow ? Causes Cures by

He told me he was building a two million-dollar home and had installed nearly 3500 square feet of a white statuary marble tile. They managed to vacuum all the water and started to assess the damages. After several weeks the replacement of warped wood and drywall was completed, but he noticed the white marble had turned yellow in many areas. Meanwhile, the homeowner was getting more and more irate and was threatening a lawsuit. Although flooding is a common cause there are several other reasons this color change will occur. The wearing of this polish causes the surface to become rough and become a magnet for dirt.

Mops used to clean the restrooms and/or kitchens were also used to clean the marble floors. Be sure the stone cleaner you buy needs to be alkaline and not an acid since acid cleaners will dull the polish. These coatings require frequent stripping which is often neglected. If this process is applied to a white marble floor that contains moisture it will turn the marble yellow. If you do try it yourself, before undertaking the entire project perform a small test to determine results. This layer can often be removed by a professional polishing the tile with a powder marble polish containing oxalic acid.

It is strongly suggested that the polishing and honing procedure be performed by trained individuals.

If iron is present in the marble tile, it will begin to oxidize when exposed to water or other oxidizers such as acids and household bleach. White marble tiles can remain for years without yellowing then over time may slowly turn yellow, and in severe causes, may turn completely brown.

This is the reason certain white marble suddenly turn yellow.

If a flood has occurred or excessive water was used first check the water for iron. To eliminate the iron there are chelating chemicals that can be added to the water to prevent the iron from staining. If there are spare tiles that have never been installed it would be a good idea to also have them tested for total iron. If the tile contains water, it is very possible that iron is beginning to oxidize. Be prepared to expect that the marble may need to be repolished since these chemicals can etch marble. After 24 hours remove the poultice paste and rinse the area with water and a chelating agent. If the stain still remains then replacement is the only solution.

Over the weekend one of the water pipes broke in a bathroom and completely flooded the home. Beside warped wood, soaked drywall and an irate homeowner, the marble tile seemed fine except for some minor water spotting. At first he thought it might be some type of residue so they tried cleaning the marble with some bleach and water but the yellowing was still there. If improper cleaners are used, this dirt begins to accumulate in the pores of the stone can will turn yellow.

Floors are mopped with strong cleaners or wax cleaner combinations or with no cleaners at all. It may be necessary to repeat this procedure several times to remove all the imbedded dirt. Some of these coatings are of poor quality and the coatings themselves will begin to yellow. As the coating builds up it becomes soft and dirt is easily embedded in the soft layer.

Another possibility along these same lines is that process sometimes used for polishing marble floors is known as re-crystallazation. These strippers often require the use of abrasive pads which can scratch and damage the marble surface. If the marble tile has been recrystallized, it will be necessary to remove the recrystallized layer. If these techniques fail to remove the yellowing then proceed to the next possible cause. It is for this reason that we recommend not using white marble in a shower. This oxidation process is accelerated when the tile is saturated as in the flood in the above example.

If you expose a brand new nail to water and air it will turn brown and rust. The process is difficult to reverse and replacement of the tile may be necessary.

Before testing this procedure it is important to first determine if iron is the cause. If any amount of iron is detected then it is possible iron has entered the stone through the water supply. If iron is present naturally in this stone, it will probably be detected in the spare tiles. We will mix a solution in water and apply to the effected tile, and allow the solution to soak into tile and kept wet for several hours. New installations should be sealed with a good quality penetrating sealer (impregnator) which will help prevent oxidation of the iron by eliminating moisture.

Can I Remove Rust Stains From My Marble? by

Typically rust spots from such a problem are through the whole stone and look like yellow-brown stains rather than red-brown with a distinct shape. You’re only solution then is to live with the stain or to rip it out, fix the leak or otherwise seal the source of moisture and re-install.

The answer to the “what is the cause” questions changes the nature of the problem and the result.

If so, rust stains from an object left on the marble are typically easier to deal with.

Of course, you will know that the stain is from an object if it has a very distinct shape and is red-brown in color. Iron deposit rust stains result from flood, plumbing leak, grout cracks or poor installation. The staining will continue to occur as long as the marble is exposed to moisture.

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In the event of a spill, any staining liquids can be wiped off easily before they penetrate the surface.

How To Remove Stains From Marble Tile | Duration 4 Minutes 26 Seconds

Apply the undiluted product liberally, in an even layer – according to how absorbent the base is – using a soft brush or plastic roller. Let it sit for about 1 hour, then use a dry, absorbent cloth to wipe away any impregnation that did not soak in. The drying time is 3 to 4 hours; do not step on the treated surface during this time.

The surface is more beautiful, the colour and structure enhanced. Spray thinly and evenly onto the surface, distribute with a clean cloth or sponge. Ensure that the base is clean, dry and absorbent before the treatment. A second application will make it more effective, but only apply as much as the base can absorb.

Clean Marble by

It is a metamorphosed limestone & is a relatively soft material veined with a range of colors & patterns. Read on to learn basic maintenance, stain removal, and tips for keeping your marble looking polished. It is a metamorphosed limestone & is a relatively soft material veined with a range of colors & patterns. It is limestone that has metamorphosed and combined with natural elements, resulting in a relatively. It’s so funny, too, because it pools in piles and collects in the same places every time.

Here are some tips and tricks to keep the furry conga line at bay.

Marble is easily stained, etched, and dulled, so it’s important to know how to take care of it well to make it last for a long time. It is limestone that has metamorphosed and combined with natural elements, resulting in a relatively. Marble is a beautiful stone classically used in the construction of countertops, floors, and accents on furniture. She has 3 ways that will get your toilet clean and get rid of the urine smell! ” “limescale stains and mineral deposits in your toilet, and let it sit for a few minutes. This guide takes you through how to clean marble countertops, address stains, and seal the surfaces.

It’s so funny, too, because it pools in piles and collects in the same places every time.

Yes Or No To Carrara Marble Countertops In The Kitchen? by

Because of its light color it is more likely to show stains than other marbles and stones. Carrara marble countertops in the kitchen… thumbs up or down? You can’t stop stains on marble they are bound to happen (think of it as patina) but if she is okay with seeing that red wine stain from the time so-and-so did this, then she should go for it. It is a beautiful material so there is no right or wrong it just depends on her personality. I would definitely go with the marble…nothing more beautiful! Second, the “etching” that everyone warns about removes the shiny finish. No where else to they have shiny perfectly finished stone counters. I cook a lot, and was worried about how my husband would react to the ‘patina’ that marble achieves. The theory is that if you have a family and you really cook in your kitchen than this is not the option to go with.

Even good option to keep your place clean and bright rather then dark and dirty. Children are adaptive and if you put a layer of protection down and show children the process they’ll become better at the routine than you do.

All of the stone dealers strongly advised against it, telling us horror stories and such. I would never polished marble as a kitchen counter, because that’s just asking for a nervous breakdown. You can’t put plates directly on the surface due to their scratchy bottoms. Of course, the scratch doesn’t show too bad bc it’s white on white. Each one will have to weigh the cost of maintaining the counters vs.

Carrara marble countertops in her kitchen and has received strong advice both for and against. I use 7th generation spray cleanser and it still looks great.

You get a gorgeous countertop without the maintenance of marble. Does she want a brand new looking kitchen forever or does she want it to age with her and her family.

I actually posted a science experiment of leaving a lemon half face down on the counter overnight – nothing. I did not like it for a couple of reasons – the reflection was distracting and showed every spill and water spot. I had very little problems with staining (and stains can be buffed out) but a ton of problems with etching. Stone is a natural material and is always perfect in it’s imperfection. I cut on it, put hot pans, plates and it has had every kind of spill you could think of. Some people are totally ok with the stains, but not for me personally. It’s a stone you need to go in eyes wind open with just like with the soapstone in my own kitchen. Carrara will stain and etch with any juice or acid base liquids, any natural stone will do that.

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I would like to find out what the problem is and if it can be corrected. The aforementioned conditions, plus the stone being subjected to excessive moisture, can cause rust staining or also know as inorganic metal stains.

That is a natural element of the stone, so it doesn’t make the stone defective. Plus depending on whether the underlying marble substrate is retaining moisture it could be contributing to the problem. We can also do a chemical analysis of the marble to determine if it has iron sulfide and to what degree. If it is a lighter stain that isn’t too deep, then a professional stone restoration company can potentially come in and use a poultice or other cleaning methods to remove it. After cleaning the stone if a penetrating sealer is used on the marble, it can help minimize the staining, as long as re-sealing is done on a timely basis.

After using the shower for approximately 3 months, we started to notice that marble on the two outside walls was beginning to turn an orangish color. Although in a steam shower the marble is being permeated with moisture for a prolong time, so it might be staining because of that and because it contains a higher level of iron sulfide. The only way to determine what your situation is, is to perform an inspection that might require removing some stones to see what the underlying conditions are. Sometimes the staining can be removed when it isn’t due to being in contact with metal. Although over time it may reappear and require additional cleaning. There are methods for installing marbles in wet areas, using various waterproofing methods, that limits how much moisture the stone will be subjected to.

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Marble, while a beautiful, lustrous natural stone when polished is not as dense or as strong as its counterpart granite so extra care needs to be exercised to protect its appearance and appeal.

The same water stain that you might easily wipe up with a damp towel on a granite surface can actually etch the top of a marble surface because marble is not as hard as granite and is more porous.

Using something a simple as a drink coaster on a marble counter top can prevent that hard water stain on marble you’ll need to deal with later. This means that liquids and oils may soak in below its surface making them more difficult to remove. See the interesting facts about marble and granite you may not have known.

The Pros Cons Of Marble Countertops + What I Use To Clean Mine by

Unless you are super tall with really long arms it’s just not practical to be able to reach across to the middle to clean and/or to hand something to someone on the other side of the island.

I wanted to take a moment to answer any questions about it that might pop up before hand. I can honestly say that the bathrooms were no trouble what so ever for us and that in the kitchen you just need to be a little more diligent than normal about wiping up spills and being careful about acidic things staying on your countertops for any length of time. I did have some spots in those heavy traffic areas (on the island and next to the sink) that simply weren’t ever going to come out of the stone but they weren’t colored stains/spots like from wine, spaghetti sauce, etc., they were etching spots which means the sheen just changed in that spot because the sealant and/or surface of the marble gets eaten away from something acidic being on it for too long. It’s basically like a subtle discoloration that happens in the marble once the sealant or surface has been eaten away by something acidic. These happened due to a very hard knock and pretty early on having these countertops.

I learned however that over time marble develops a beautiful patina and the subtle imperfections that can mostly only be seen when the sun hits it just right all blend together and become the character of the marble, and therefore of your home in my opinion. Every once in a while my husband cooks breakfast (he makes a mean fried egg and omelet) but other than that it’s all me. I doubt it very seriously so for me, it’s the same concept! This is not a professional sealer by any stretch but it does seem to protect the surface to a point and it puts a very nice shine on your tops. I used all of these cleaners (not all at the same time) in conjunction with these cloths to clean my countertops on a daily basis. Baking soda mixed with rubbing alcohol can help for grease stains and baking soda mixed with hydrogen peroxide can help with water based stains. I read all of the things you are suppose to do in regard to repeating this process every 6 months to a year but honestly never felt the need to do so until about the time we moved out recently (after 4 years of living in the home). The stain remover we purchased (mentioned above) was one that came highly recommended with good reviews and it still didn’t work but that doesn’t mean you won’t find something that will. Statuary is a mid-priced marble and it has less gray veining with a very white background…it can also have a little gold as well. Calcutta is a fishing reel so my spell checker probably went with that since we do a lot of fishing stuff around here.

I wouldn’t be able to reach across it and clean the middle! From someone who’s hubby said no to marble, it’s nice to read your long list of pros! So sorry for the delay in getting back to you but thanks so much for stopping by! I hope that helps a bit and thank you so much for stopping in today!

The 10′ of length was ok and necessary to balance the space but, the 6′ width just didn’t work for me.

Scratches can be buffed and polished out though so there is a fix, just so you know;). Before we even moved into our home and during the construction process a couple of chips occurred and our builder simply sent the countertop guys back out to fill in, buff and polish them out and our countertops looked perfectly new once this process was completed. We are both pretty organized and clean up after our selves as we cook so this is probably one reason we have had a mostly positive experience with marble. In my opinion marble is kind of like your carpet…you wouldn’t allow a spill or a puppy accident, etc. If you see that something acidic has splattered or spilled on your countertop then wipe it up right away. And, of course spills or splatters that you don’t catch right away are going to happen and that’s just life but that’s where the beauty and character of the marble eventually happens over time:).

I think overall the best policy is to know going in that your countertops won’t always look the way they did they day you install them (and be ok with it!) and to clean as you go as best you can. Calcutta is the pricier of the two and has some warmth to it with larger grey veining and some serious doses of gold. We would have been marble twins but you were so smart to do the two islands…such a great feature in your gorgeous kitchen! I am looking for something more durable on my counters, but still considering marble for my backsplash. I still don’t think it has the same look and feel of marble but totally get it if you don’t think it will work of you and/or if you feel you need something more low maintenance. I wanted to be able to reach across and it’s the perfect width for that! I wondered how you felt about having marble on your backsplash? Did you run into any different issues with marble backsplash vs’ counters?

You could also provide some cute small trivets for people to use when they are mixing their drinks…just a thought:). The mosaic looked great, but the porcelain does not match the honed marble on the vanity.

I can tell it’s going to be a staple around the house for the next few seasons.

You Have Mastered A Marble Poultice If You Can Spread Peanut Butter by

Making your own poultice or buying a pre-mixed poultice to remove stains is easier than you may think. The paste should be thick and smooth enough to spread but not so thin that it runs. The poultice is spread over the stained area to a thickness of 1/4 to 1/2 inch with a wood or plastic spatula (no metal), covered with plastic food wrap and left to work for a minimum of 24 to 48 hours. Depending upon the stain type, some may not be completely removed but will return an improved appearance. If the stain does not come out after two to three poultice attempts and/or no improvement is noted, you should consult a professional. You can find this online and also at stained glass supply houses.

A poultice can also be spread using white cotton balls, white paper towels, gauze pads — or even your fingers.

Poultice procedures may have to be repeated to thoroughly remove the stain. It’s used in pest control products, to help clean outdoor swimming pools and a number of other applications.


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