Expert Advice: How to Remove Stains from Marble May 10 2016, 1 Comment

Your home is a reflection of your personal taste, style and habits, and is most likely your biggest investment. When it comes to preserving and protecting your investment, start with your natural stone, since the right cleaning and maintenance routine is vital to its beauty and longevity.

Certain types of stone, such as marble or limestone are more susceptible to damage or staining, due to their soft, porous nature, but don't let that intimidate you: knowing how to remove stains from marble, and other natural stone surfaces can save you time, money and aggravation, and keep your marble counters, floors and walls looking like new.

What Causes Staining?
Nothing can ruin the surface of your polished marble quicker than acid. Acidic substances may either etch the surface - mistakenly referred to by many as a water stain - or stain and etch, both of which are unsightly. Some of the more common liquids to avoid include:

  • Lemon juice
  • Vinegar
  • Red wine
  • Orange juice
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Etching occurs when an acidic substance eats away at the surface of the marble, leaving a dull spot in its place. Knowing how to remove stains from marble is your ticket to bringing it back to its original glory, and using the right methods and tools will help to guarantee your success. Keep in mind that prolonged exposure to harmful materials can penetrate the surface of unsealed marble more easily and deeply - in these cases, a more extensive process, or professional restoration may be required.

How to Remove Stains From Marble
You will want to use a spot removal kit that includes the following items:

  • Hand buffing pads
  • Sponge
  • Terry towel
  • Paper towels
  • Lambswool applicator
  • Rubber gloves
  • Small container of water
  • Polish and spot remover
  • Neutral floor cleaner
  • Stone sealer


  1. Begin by putting on the rubber gloves to protect your hands.
  2. Wet the affected area with a little water.
  3. Sprinkle the recommended amount of spot remover over the moistened area. 
  4. Take a hand buffing pad, and with a light touch, begin buffing the area in a circular motion. 
  5. Continue buffing for several minutes, allowing time for the friction created between the buffing pad and the water/spot remover mixture, to work together to erase the spot. 
  6. Using your paper towels, terry towel or sponge, remove the slurry from the surface of the marble. 
  7. If the spot remains, repeat the process again, until the desired look is achieved. 
  8. Once the spot is no longer visible, clean the area thoroughly using a neutral floor cleaner, according to the directions on the label, making sure no trace of spot remover is left behind. 
  9. Dry the area completely, using paper towels or a clean dry terry towel and allow to further air dry for about 15 minutes before proceeding. 
  10. Once dry, pour a small amount of stone sealer on to the lambswool applicator, and apply it to the newly treated area.
  11. Allow the sealer to stand for 3 to 5 minutes, before buffing dry with a clean terry towel. 

(Watch a step-by-step video of this process).

Care and Prevention
Most spots and stains can be avoided by taking some simple precautions:

  • Use coasters, trivets and cutting boards on counters and tabletops.
  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Avoid using products with harsh chemicals, abrasives or acidic ingredients, opting to clean and maintain your marble surfaces using products formulated by industry experts.

For further information on how to best care for your marble surfaces, download the FREE guide below!