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 damaged the marble by etching the surface. 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 Etch Remover Marble Polishing compound(links above). 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.
I used a tub/shower cleaner to clean my marble tile floor in the bathroom.
Now there is a white film on the floor that I can't get off. I have mopped several times with just water to try to get is off but that hasn't worked. Help!
Unfortunately, whoever installed the marble for you (or who you bought it from) failed to inform you how to clean marble correctly.
Marble is sensitive to acidic food, drinks and products as well as harsh alkaline cleaners, which is almost all common and/or brand-name household cleaning products.
You don't have a film on your marble floor and no amount of cleaning will remove it.
What has occurred is that you have etched your marble by using the wrong type of cleaning product.
Etching is corrosion. The tub cleaner reacted with the marble, which has destroyed the surface finish on the marble. It's physical damage to the marble... like a chemical burn.
Luckily, marble etching can be repaired although it depends on the type of finish on the marble.
On polished (shiny) marble you can easily restore the shine and color using Etch Remover product (see links above), which is engineered specifically for the do-it-yourselfer to repair mild to moderate etch marks.
Most etch marks are not severe, so this paste almost always works like magic on polished marble.
On honed (matte) marble the paste won't work. You'll have to follow the instructions provided in Removing Etch Marks ebook.
And if the area is large or the damage is severe (rough to the touch) you best bet is to hire a marble restoration professional to re-finish the surface.
In fact, with extensive and/or severe damage professional marble restoration is your only option.
But I recommend employing one of the other methods (depending on finish type) first. They are cheap and easy to do, so you don't have much to lose if you end up having to hire a pro.
I'd also suggest you get the Cleaning Marble Secrets ebook guide that will teach all about cleaning marble, marble maintenance, protecting marble with simple DIY solutions to any problem you may encounter.
You don't need to get both ebooks though. 'Cleaning Marble Secrets' contains all information provided in the 'Removing Etch Marks' ebook.
My friend's daughter threw up all over our white Carrara tile floor and I grabbed Fantastik of all things to clean it up.
I was thinking about all the germs not the delicacy of the marble floor tile unfortunately.
Now I have a germ free floor, but you can clearly see the spray marks from the cleaner with damaged the marble.
Do we need to reseal the floor or wax it? How can I get rid of these? HELP!!!
Yes, you found out the hard way that you need to use appropriate cleaning products on marble floor tile and countertops. Most household cleaners are just to caustic and will corrode natural stone.
However, the poor girl's acidic stomach contents likely contributed to the damage as well. Of course, since you can see the spray marks you know that the Fantastik wasn't the best choice for marble cleaning.
Sealing and waxing have nothing to do with this issue. The marble floor has been "etched." Essentially, acidic and/or alkaline foods and cleaners will eat into and corrode the marble surface ruining the polish. It's physical damage like a burn.
The marble polish (the shiny reflective surface finish) is created by a mechanical process involving grinding and abrasion. It is a physical characteristic of the stone and not some spray or wax applied to the surface.
You're lucky though in that you probably wiped the whole thing up quickly so the damage to the marble is likely minimal.
Mild marble etching can almost always be repaired and the polish restored with a marble polishing powder. Now you can shop at your local hardware store for one, but beware that many "marble polishes" are simply topical dressings and not designed to remove etch marks.
I recommend the Marble Polishing Etch Remover linked above.
If it doesn't restore the shine, then you'll need to hire a marble repair and restoration professional to remove the marks and then re-polish the floor for you.
The reason being that once marble is etched beyond a certain point (i.e. severe etching that is rough to the touch), more aggressive methods are needed beyond the DIY product suggested above.
For a disastrous mess, flush with hot water first and scrub with a soft brush to remove debris. Wipe up, then use a dilute bleach solution (1 tablespoon in a gallon of water) or hydrogen peroxide (1 cup in gallon water) to disinfect.
Be warned, however, that both bleach and hydrogen peroxide will also etch marble and should not be used as a regular cleaner. I suggest this only for extreme disinfecting needs and only with a very dilute solution.
I have pink variegated marble floor tile on entrance hall.. cleaned it with a very good marble cleaner from Lowes... it left spots on about 5 tiles, cannot get them off.
I tried using the same cleaner again, but a little stronger solution, but did not remove the spots, they really look like water spots but are not.
The shine before I used the cleaner was very shiny. It has a real dull finish on it now... any advice about how to get the shine back?
Trudy, what you are describing sounds like etching to me.
You say that the cleaner you used is a "very good marble cleaner." I'm not sure why you think so, but if this is the result, then the cleaner you used is not good for marble even if the label says so.
This is not uncommon. In recent years more people are installing granite, marble and natural stone. Chemical companies are jumping on the bandwagon and offering cleaners supposedly "for marble" that are not specifically formulated to be safe for marble.
That's why I generally recommend that you should not use any cleaner purchased at your local grocery or big box store on your marble. Most often the cleaner will damage your marble.
The reason the marble is now dull with spots is that marble is sensitive to acids and harsh cleaners. The cleaner has corroded the shiny surface layer exposing the more dull raw marble underneath.
Luckily, marble can almost always be repaired as described above for removing etch marks.