How To Repair Etched Marble
Marble Repair: etching - water spot
How do you repair marble once it has been etched or looks like a water mark on the marble?
My daughter is in the military and renting a place. The coffee maker has etched a spot on the counter top in the kitchen and we need to repair it before she moves.
What can we do?
Marble etching occurs upon contact with acidic foods and drinks like coffee, soda, wine, alcohol and when harsh products like bleach, vinegar, ammonia and most common brand-name cleaners are used for cleaning marble.
Etching is corrosion that essentially eats at the marble. Very noticeable on a polished surface because it exposes dull raw marble. Luckily, marble repair for etching is simple
, but it depends on the type of surface finish and the severity of the etching. Etching on polished marble
(not on a honed or non-reflective finish) can be repaired in most cases using a good Marble Polish / Etch Remover
, which is engineered specifically for marble repair and will restore the shine and color like new.
Easy to use... just rub on using a bit of pressure with a soft cloth. Depending on the stone and the degree of etching you may have to make several applications. It's kinda like sanding wood. Need to keep sanding until it is a smooth as you want it. Same here... keep at it until
the shine is restored.Now, if the etching is severe
and the spot feels very rough to the touch, then you may need a marble repair and maintenance professional to re-polish the area. The above product is designed for mild to moderate etching (which is almost always the case).
Severe etching requires a more vigorous and specialized treatment. It's pretty rare though, so most often the paste will do the trick quickly and easily, even if you have to apply it a few times. Etching on honed marble
can also be repaired, however, there isn't a product that can be used.
You either need to call in a marble cleaning / restoration professional for the absolute best results... or you can do-it-yourself and usually get very satisfactory results following the simple and cheap step-by-step instructions provided in the Removing Etch Marks e-book