So, your marble is etched?
Marble looks beautiful just about everywhere you put it. Unfortunately, after some wear and tear you can start to notice rings or watermarks on your marble surfaces. True that professional refinishing and restoration of damaged surfaces is a cheaper solution to replacement – but what about those smaller marks you want to remove yourself? Learn how to remove marble etching with The Marble Refinishing Kit.
Before attempting any repairs, be sure it is in fact etching and not staining (there is a big difference). Learn how to diagnose an etch from a stain here.
Marble etching significantly reduces the appearance of your marble, in certain lights and from certain angles these markings can be very visible. Luckily, there’s a solution! The Marble Refinishing Kit removes rings, water-marks, dullness and small scratches, while restoring the natural stone to its original polished look.
How it works:
The Marble Refinishing Kit is a do-it-yourself (DIY) solution that includes everything you need to remove marble etching and restore the look of your polished marble surfaces in a simple 3-step process. With a roll of paper towel, a cup of water and about 15 minutes of labour you can reverse those kitchen mishaps! The kit works great for surface areas of 9 sq ft or less.
- Marble polishing paste
- Two white nylon polishing pads
- Two grey nylon sanding pads
- Pad holder
- Wooden Stir Stick
A simple 3-step process:
1) Clean the affected areas with a wet sponge and dry it with a paper towel to wipe away any dirt or dust on the marble countertop.
2) Wet the affected area until it is entirely covered in water. Attach the dark sanding pad to the pad holder. Sand the affected area by applying moderate pressure in a circular motion (50 to 100 circles). Ensure to sand 0.5″ or 1 cm beyond the etched area. Clean the affected area with a sponge and dry it with a paper towel or microfiber cloth. Check the area: is it still completely dull? If there is still etching, repeat this step.
3) Wet the area with a sponge again. Attach the white polishing pad to the pad holder this time. Apply 1/2 tsp of polish paste per 16″ (4″ x 4″), and dilute the paste in water with wooden stir stick. Leave the small polishing rocks in the water. Polish the area by applying high pressure in a circular motion (50 to 100 circles). Polish 1-2 cm beyond the sanded area. Clean the area with a sponge, spray some R-311 Countertop Spray and dry it with a paper towel or microfiber cloth. Check this area is smooth and shinny. If necessary, repeat this step.
Voila! If the etches are gone then your work is done!
Try repeating step 3 and re-polishing again if you continue to notice marble etching. When there is no improvement in the appearance of the marble etching, it is possible you have made an error in judging the problem, or perhaps the etch is too deep for DIY applications.
If after 2-3 attempts you still notice these markings, then it is time to call the professionals! The Marble Clinic, will happily provide a free, no obligation consultation. Please include photos of your marble etchings, scratches or stains with your message so we can best serve your needs.