Polished Marble Vanity Etched or Stained?
I recently purchased two beautiful cabinets with black marble vanity tops.
The master bath is beautiful but the hallway's looks dirty.
I never took notice it when it arrived because I thought it was dust but after the install went to clean it with just water and a cloth and it looks like a smear is in the back where the faucets attach.
And I see some spots to the right of the sink.
It is too late to return and I am not sure if it is possible to fix and what caused it.
Thanks for the picture. That usually helps, however, I can't see clearly enough to determine what the problem may be.
I do see the "smear" and it really doesn't look like either marble etching or staining. And the stone doesn't look like marble... looks much more like granite or quartz. But again, I can't see it clearly enough.
If it is etching it will be dull and a bit lighter than the surrounding surface.
And stains will produce a darker spot.
I can't tell from the picture if the smear is darker or lighter and you didn't mention if you notice dullness.
What is really unusual though is that the smear seems to contain a weird pattern variation.
If you look at the pattern in general it is pretty uniform speckled.
However, the smeared area exhibits a line or band of speckles. Odd.
If quartz, it could be a manufacturing defect. If natural stone, it could simply be a pattern variation, but unusual to follow the smeared blemish.
I'd say return it if you can. If you can't then you need to make certain the type of surface (marble, granite, quartz) and then diagnose if the spot is darker, lighter, dull or anything else that pops out.
If/when you can make a positive determination, then consult the appropriate Granite & Marble maintenance e-book