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How to clean water marks on marble

Updated July 20, 2017

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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  1. 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.

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

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

  4. Rinse the surface with warm water.

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

  6. Tip

    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.

    Warning

    If you are cleaning stains from a food preparation area, be sure to thoroughly rinse away the detergent.

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Things You'll Need

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

About the Author

Kimberly Alston is a teacher certified in kindergarten through eighth grades, which she uses to inspire her writing. She received her undergraduate degree from Norfolk State University and her master's degree from Old Dominion University.

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