Last month during one of our normal weekend cleaning sessions my husband accidentally cleaned the marble bathroom vanity top with cleaner that is not meant for marble. I bet you can guess what happened… Yup, it left etch marks all over our beautiful vanity top. It’s a bummer because we’ve only had the vanity for about a year and we paid a pretty penny for it. We’re usually really good about only using natural stone cleaner on our natural stone surfaces but sometimes when you’re working fast you accidentally grab the wrong thing. The good news is that we figured out how to remove etch marks on marble and it’s actually easy and inexpensive. I’ll walk you through the process in case you are ever in a situation where you need to remove etch marks from your marble, travertine, limestone, alabaster or onyx surfaces.
Before I show you how we removed the etch marks, here are some photos of the before situation. I had to take the exposure down quite a bit for the camera to pick up the etching but trust me, in person it looked horrible! See the blotching in the three photos below? The cleaner was sprayed on the entire surface of the marble counter top so those etch spots were EVERYWHERE!
If you run into a similar situation and want to remove etch marks on your counter tops, I would recommend that you buy one product. It’s called Lustro Italiano Etch Remover. Below is a link to amazon where you can purchase it. I was skeptical about this product working but guess what, IT WORKS! I was so impressed with the end result. Detailed directions are listed below.
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Directions – How to remove etch marks from marble
Step 1 – Clean your counter tops
Use cleaner that is designed for natural stone. You don’t want to make them even worse by using stuff that will etch the surface.
Step 2 – Assemble your materials
You will need a few items to complete the process. First, is the Lustro Italiano Etch Remover. Along with that, you will need rubber gloves, a spoon, a small cloth and paper towels.
Step 3 – Apply a spoonful of etch remover to the surface
The directions on the container say to use 1 tsp per square foot of area. Since we had to do the entire counter top we applied a spoonful at a time. This stuff may look like peanut butter, but it smells like sulfur. It’s pretty gross.
Step 4 – Use the cloth to work the etch remover into the surface
Using circular motions, use the cloth to work the etch remover into the surface. Do this for 2-3 minute intervals over a manageable area (one square foot at most). you’ll want to keep the etch remover a toothpaste consistency so add a little bit of water if needed to achieve the desired consistency.
Step 5 – Remove slurry and polish with a paper towel.
Remove the excess slurry and then dry the counter top with a paper towel. If the spot(s) are still present repeat steps 2-4 another time. One application was enough for my counter top. It looks just as good now as it did when we first bought the vanity! Here is an after picture
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Have you ever had to deal with etched counter tops? What caused it for you? Lemon? Vinegar? A husband trying to be helpful but totally making things worse? Haha, he meant well.
Hi Hannah, me again! Can you use this on super white dolomite?
Yes, I’ve used it on my super white dolomite kitchen counters and it’s worked well.
I’KAN Stone & Tile Care
Great information, Thanks for sharing this informative blog with us. Keep sharing!!
Should the countertop be sealed after?
I would recommend sealing any natural countertops especially marble, quartzite and dolomite. I have another post about how I maintain mine. Here is the link if you’re interested in the products that I use. https://handmadeweekly.com/dolomite-countertop-maintenance/ While this example is in my kitchen I use the same stuff on my marble countertops in my bathroom.
My marble island is honed, not polished. Will this process bring it to a polished finish?
Will this work for powder makeup stains on marble vanity that look as if they are underneath the surface? And also hard water spots? Do you use the Stone & Steel Cleaner on your marble vanity top as well?
I’ve never tried it on makeup stains but it has worked for hard water. Yes, I use the stone and steel cleaner on my marble too.