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There are a few things that instantly catch our attention, and marble floors, marble countertops, or marble anything is included in that list. Marble is not only pretty valuable but also very stunning and adds a polished aesthetic to one’s house, but how do you maintain its shine or see that it is well looked after?
After all, marble doesn’t show any stains, right? But that’s not true; there are a lot of different things that will leave stains on your marble, the most common one being water. Even though marble is solid and durable, its texture is porous and makes it susceptible to stains.
Water stains can show up in a number of ways, either as white water spots or small rings on the surface of your stone. Other times it will leave a cloudy effect with a tinted color that may look ugly and dirty. In any case, they are there to ruin your beautiful marble flooring or countertops, which is why you need to take instant action. Here are five ways we recommend using when removing water stains from marble.
Removing Hard Water Stains From Marble
If you’re assuming that you can clean all stains with some marble cleaner (and maybe a little elbow grease as well), you’re wrong. When talking about extremely stubborn stains like those left by hard water, that’s not enough and will only damage your stone further. The hardness of the water makes its minerals even more challenging to remove from your marble which is why we recommend these 4 methods, all of which have their own uses and advantages.
Keep in mind that different types of stains require different types of cleaning solutions, and choose which one best suits your marble from the following before you proceed.
1. Removing Water Stains On Marble With Soap
Using soap is always the first instinct when it comes to cleaning surfaces, and luckily, it is one of the ways you can remove water stains on marble too. Just create a mild DIY marble soap cleaner by following these steps;
Step 1- Fill a container or bucket halfway with water, then add the mild dish soap, which is acceptable and safe to use on marble, and stir to create a solution.
Step 2- To remove water spots and rings, use dry 0000 steel wool to gently clean the area. Use a soft sponge to dab the stain lightly in a circular motion.
Step 3- Let it emulsify for a few seconds before wiping it all off with a damp cloth or paper towel. This will not only act as your cleaning agent but also help prevent any further staining.
2. Removing Water Stains Using Marble Cleaner
Household items like lime or vinegar may be great cleaning essentials, but they’re too acidic when it comes to marble and can cause some severe damage (even if they might take the stains off eventually). This is why using a specially created commercial marble cleaner is the best bet. Here’s how you can do that;
Step 1- Follow the instructions provided on your marble cleaner. Apply a little quantity of the cleaning solution to the water stain and spray a few drops of water until it is damp
Step 2- Use a soft cloth to wipe the marble surface with the cleaner using a circular motion. Put the rag under clean water and clean the marble surface again.
Step 3- Lastly, use a marble shining powder to add the polish back to the surface, and Voila! Your marble is as good as brand new.
3. Removing Water Stains On Marble Using Baking Soda Powder
Unlike vinegar, baking soda is an abrasive cleaner which is why it’s a great spot remover. It cannot only take away stains but also leave behind a polished shine on your marble floor tiles or countertops. Just follow these steps;
Step 1- Create a thick baking soda paste by mixing a tablespoon of water with a tablespoon of baking soda powder. Then, use a rag to apply it to the water stain and gently rub in a circular motion.
Step 2- Cover the entire stained area with plastic wrap for at least 24 hours.
Step 3- Remove the plastic wrap and use a soft and warm water-dipped towel to scrub away the dried paste.
4. Removing Water Stains On Marble With Hydrogen Peroxide
Most of you at one point must have thought to use bleach, but let us stop you there because when it comes to marble, bleach is no good. If you still want to use a strong chemical, then hydrogen peroxide is your best bet.
Step 1- Use a little bit of cream of tartar to create a good layer on the stain before spreading hydrogen peroxide over it to make a thick paste.
Step 2- Rub the mixture on the stain with a soft cloth in a circular motion. Cover the area with paper towels and leave it for approximately 30 minutes.
Step 3- Wipe away all the dried paste using a damp and clean towel/cloth.
Pro Tip- you can also include hydrogen peroxide in regular use as it is also quite beneficial to prevent calcium buildup on the marble and your fixtures.
Tips To Prevent Water Stains On Marble
Now that you’ve successfully figured out how to battle the hard water stains, the next step is how to prevent them altogether.
.) The first step in preventing water stains is instant action. Water spills should be absorbed with a paper towel as soon if possible, and the surface should be cleaned with a soft cloth.
2. Prevent water rings from forming on your marble surface by using coasters to place water glasses. You should also use these coasters for other beverages like coffees, cocktails, etc.
3. To keep the marble clean, use mild soapy water regularly as this will prevent dirt and grime from gathering there.
This was our guide on how to remove water stains from marble. We hope that you were able to pick something valuable and will be able to prevent your beautiful marble surface from turning into something unattractive by eliminating all water stains!