Marble is a common stone used for floors of homes and even some kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Since marble is porous, liquids that spill over it can easily be absorbed and form a stain. It may be a bit hard to remove the stains on marble surfaces but it is not impossible. Here are several methods that you can try at home to eliminate the stains on your marble surfaces.
- Blot the area. As soon as your marble is stained, get some paper towels or a clean cloth to blot the area. This will absorb the liquid so that it does not seep further into the marble. Remember that you have to blot and not wipe the stain away. Wiping will just spread the stain to other areas. When you have gotten all the liquid, the next step is to remove the stain from the marble.
- Baking soda. Baking soda is an ingredient that most people rely on for removing household stains. Get a small container and add baking soda. Add a few drops of water to the baking soda so that you can form a paste. Spread the paste over the stain on the marble and allow it to dry. This can take a few minutes. You will notice that the baking soda paste hardens. When it is dry, wipe off the hardened baking soda from the marble. The stain should be gone.
- Cornstarch. This is the method that you should use when you are dealing with grease and oil stains such as olive oil, cooking oil, lotion or butter. Sprinkle some cornstarch over the stain and leave it overnight. The cornstarch will be able to absorb the grease from the marble. Heat some water and add a bit of dishwashing liquid. Use the soapy solution to scrub off the stain from the marble. Afterwards, rinse off the cornstarch and the soap with water. Inspect to see if there are no stains left.
- Commercial stain remover. For rust stains, the best thing to use is a commercial stain remover. When purchasing stain remover, make sure that it can be used for marble surfaces. Follow the instructions on the bottle on how to use it. Make sure that you wear rubber gloves when using stain removers since the chemicals can hurt your hands.
- Hydrogen peroxide. This is the method that you can use for ink stains on your marble. Before using hydrogen peroxide, you should test it first on a small area since the chemical can change the color of your marble. Get some paper towels and pour hydrogen peroxide. Place the paper towels on the marble where there is stain. Leave it there overnight. Afterwards, check to see if the stain has disappeared. Rinse off the area with warm water.
These are the options that you have for removing stains on marble surfaces. It is good to know what type of stain you are removing so that you can use the right method for cleaning and not damage the marble in the process.