Cleaning Marble Countertop Red Wine Stain
QUESTION: How do I remove red wine bottle ring stain from a marble countertop?
ANSWER: Well... you likely have two different problems
...... marble staining and etching
. These problems can occur at the same time in the same spot, however, each requires a separate solution. Marble etching
(dull spot) is most noticeable on polished marble
, so if your marble is honed you may not notice it as much, but chances are there will be a light ring visible after you remove the red wine stain.
Marble is reactive to acidic foods and drinks like red wine. Contact with acids will etch (corrode) the marble causing the dull spots, bottle or cup rings.
A marble stain
develops when the wine or any liquid absorbs into the stone creating a dark spot.What likely happened
is that the red wine first
etched the marble, which damages the surface, exposing more porous raw marble making it more absorbent.
Once etched, the red wine then absorbed and stained the marble. So, to recap... Problem #1:
Etching has physically damaged your marble removing the shiny (or smooth honed) surface layer. This has nothing to do with sealing (in case you are wondering). Sealing won't
And... Problem #2:
The wine has stained the marble. Again, a marble stain results when wine or other substance absorbs into the stone. Sealing can
To Remove a
Red Wine Marble Stain & Etch Mark..... You'll need to get the wine stain out first
before addressing the marble etching. I'm sure you've realized by now that spraying and scrubbing with a cleaner will not work.
Removing stains in marble requires a particular procedure that is dictated by what substance caused the stain (see guide below). The method for restoring etch marks depends
on the type of finish on the stone... honed or polished.
On a polished marble countertop this Etch Remover / Marble Polishing product
For a honed surface you'll have to follow a special DIY method. There's no product to restore etched marble to a "honed" finish. You'll find complete step-by-step instructions
regarding both issues.... how to repair marble etching and staining correctly in our Cleaning Marble Secrets Guide
This guide will help you a lot now and in the future since you have marble countertops in the kitchen. Typically marble is not recommended for kitchen countertops...
it's just too easy to damage and creates tiresome maintenance issues.
I hate to say it, but it's highly
likely that you will have similar problems (particularly etching) in the future. Kitchen countertops just get too much traffic and abuse to completely prevent it with marble.
The guide covers everything
you need to know to prevent problems, protect, clean and maintain marble along with practical, proven solutions to any marble repair
problem you may encounter.