How to clean water marks on marble

Written by kimberly alston
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Marble surfaces and floors are beautiful additions to any home. Unfortunately, marble can be a sensitive material and can lose its lustre and shine over time. One of the most common problems with marble is water stains. Since marble is usually used as a surface in places where drips and spills occur, such a bathrooms and kitchens, knowing how to get rid of these stains can help you preserve the beauty of your marble.

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Things you need

  • Fragrance-free washing powder
  • Warm water
  • Clean sponge
  • Soft-bristled scrub brush
  • Dry lint-free cloth

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    Mix 2 tbsp of washing powder with 1 to 2 cups of warm water. The powder should barely dissolve in the warm water, and the solution should still be thick. Start with just 1 cup of water and then add more if the solution is too thick. It should be the consistency of applesauce.

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    Pour the solution over the water stains in a thin layer.

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    Rub the solution in using the sponge or the soft-bristled scrub brush. This should take only 1 or 2 minutes.

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    Rinse the surface with warm water.

  5. 5

    Wipe the surface with the towel. Check for stains and repeat of necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • If you feel you have lost the shine, you should clean the water stains as instructed above and then use a marble sealer, available at your local hardware or furniture store.
  • If you are cleaning stains from a food preparation area, be sure to thoroughly rinse away the detergent.

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