I am renting an apt. with a black and white marble bathroom - shower, vanity and floor.
I used Lysol disinfectant bathroom cleaner on the vanity top, and the finish looks ruined.
It looks white and cloudy when it dries, worse in areas where I sprayed the most cleaner, though returns to its original color when I wet it.
What can I do?
Yeah, unfortunately, you can't use just any old product on marble.
Most common household cleaners will damage marble. Vinegar, ammonia, bleach must not be used, but this also includes "brand-name" cleaners like Lysol because they are too alkaline or too acidic and just too harsh for marble.
These cleaners will corrode marble upon contact eating away the shiny surface layer to leave a dull spot that is often lighter in color or even white.
It's easy-to-use and works almost like magic on most etching and scratches on polished marble, travertine, limestone and onyx. All these stones will etch in the same manner and are soft enough for DIY marble repair.
If the marble has been severely etched and very rough, you may need a professional to restore it at that point, but this is rare and most often the recommended product will do the trick.
Good news is that cleaning and maintaining marble is actually pretty easy once you learn the right way and.... you can repair these etch spots and restore the shine and color on polished marble (not honed) using the marble etch remover recommended above.
You'll find plenty of helpful tips on various pages of our site about cleaning marble correctly, but for comprehensive information on protecting, cleaning and proper marble maintenance including step-by-step and cheap DIY solutions to any problem and product recommendations check out the Cleaning Marble Secrets ebook guide.
I tried to clean my marble table with Lysol Anti-bacterial Kitchen Cleaner.
It left the marks wherever I sprayed on the table... pretty ugly ones. Any suggestions or advice?
The marks in your marble table are due to corrosion or "etching" of the surface by the caustic cleaning product. So, now you know that you can't use just any product for cleaning marble.
Marble reacts with acidic and sometime alkaline substances, which then eat into the polished surface creating dull spots.
Marble polishing products (like the "Etch Remover" recommended above) work very well for small spots and spills... mild to moderate etch marks (which most are). But if you have an entire marble dining table or entire countertop or other large areas to repair from etching, you should call a marble repair pro.
Of course, once re-polished use coasters, trivets, place mats and only specially formulated marble cleaning products.
Help!!! We just renovated our bathroom and when I was cleaning for the first time, I dripped Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner on the new honed carrera marble floor tiles.
I wiped it up immediately, but it left a mark (dull spot) and a streak (dull streak) where I wiped it!!!
I'm afraid I've ruined the finish.
How ironic since I would not "allow" my cleaning help to clean the bathroom for fear of ruining the marble floors and vanity tops with harsh cleaners....
Karen, you have ruined the finish, but only temporarily, so don't panic.
The Lysol toilet cleaner is much too caustic to be used on or around natural stone. It chemically "etched" the marble floor tile exposing raw, unfinished marble that is more dull and lighter in color than the honed surface.
I mistakenly used Lysol Bathroom Cleaner on my white Carrara marble countertop in my bathroom.
The result is what appears to be staining and etching (I think) covering the entire area.
Is this correctable?
Yep! The Lysol cleaner etched your marble vanity top. Etching is not a stain. Nothing is absorbed, so cleaning marble is not the issue here.
Etching is physical corrosion of the marble bathroom countertop surface and yes... it is correctable. It's a simple matter of marble polishing.
It's just a question of the best method since the damage covers the whole countertop vs. a small spot.
You can give it a shot yourself first using some Etch Remover Marble Polishing compound. This will restore the color and shine beautifully, but it could be challenging to produce an even shine over an entire countertop.
This is a DIY product designed for use repairing small and light etch marks, but it's more difficult to achieve satisfactory results over an entire countertop.
This is not a shortcoming of the product, but a matter of skill in application. For restoring small etch marks, no skill is necessary... it's easy.
However, using such a product for repairing marble over a large surface area to get an even shine takes a lot more skill and is typically a job reserved for a professional.