Liquid VIM Bathroom Cleaner Marble Stain.


The day after counter top with sink was installed I washed the sink with liquid vim cleaner and after rinsing I used the same rag to dry the counter top around the sink and taps. In the afternoon I noticed that the counter top around the sink had turned a light gray color. How do I get rid of the discoloring?


Like nearly all common or brand-name household cleaners, Vim bathroom cleaner is too harsh for marble cleaning and will damage marble countertops and floors.

That's why you should use only products safe for cleaning marble.

What has occurred is that the cleaner has corroded or "etched" your marble destroying the surface layer creating a dull and discolored area.

Luckily on polished (that is reflective, shiny) marble countertops you can use ETCH REMOVER / Marble Polishing product to restore the color and shine.

If severe damage (rough to the touch) ever occurs though, your only option is to call a marble maintenance professional.

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Natural cleaners
by: Anonymous

I am very sensitive to chemicals in cleaners. I only want to use natural products like Thieves (Young Living) or vinegar and baking soda or lemons. What countertop material would be best for me besides laminates?

==== Countertop Specialty comment:

Granite is the least sensitive to chemicals and cleaners like vinegar that can damage marble and other surfaces.

It is still best to avoid using cleaners that are too acidic (like vinegar and lemons) because repeated use over time can sometimes dull granite as well.

Quartz countertops are an option as well, however, you still need to use caution as quartz can be discolored (often permanently) by some cleaners and chemicals.

In your case, I'd recommend installing granite countertops and clean using a very dilute vinegar or hydrogen peroxide solution. Using hot water for daily messes would be best and then sparingly a dilute vinegar solution for more thorough cleaning.

Be sure to perform the Lemon Juice Test the exact slab of granite you intend to purchase to be sure it is not reactive to acids.

Granite is typically not immediately reactive with acids, but some black granite can be doctored and not every stone sold as granite is true granite so you just want to test a piece of the exact slab to rule out any bad slabs.

Again, still need to go easy on regular cleaning with acidic substances, but granite is your best bet for overall ease of maintenance and durability.

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