Asked on Jul 2, 2019

How do I make a marble countertop shine?

Alexis @ Chemistry CachetLynn SorrellCynthia H


I put baking soda on my countertop how do I buff that out and make the marble shine again ?Thank you so much for any help

4 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jul 2, 2019

    It will only shine again if you wax it, use car wax. Baking soda to help remove stains.

  • Cynthia H
    on Jul 2, 2019

    Have you tried cleaner and sealer made for marble? I buy mine at Walmart.

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Jul 2, 2019

    probably scratched it....Marble is a soft stone made of calcium carbonate. It is easily stained, dulled, and scratched. ... Baking soda is alkaline, so you should only use it with caution. It is also a mild abrasive, so you need to use it gently. Glassy marble gets its shine from vigorous abrasion, similar to the way wood becomes smooth when it’s sanded. When once-shiny marble turns dull, the culprit is often etched damage from acids, such as vinegar,fruit juice, or improper care using harsh cleaners. Some shiny marble has a topical shine product to enhance its luster. If this wears off, the natural, slightly duller surface of the stone emerges.

    Unsealed Marble

    If you know that the marble has never been sealed, an application of shine-enhancing marble sealer should perk up the surface and help it shine. Sealer is a liquid product that’s applied using a sponge, although some sealer manufacturers might recommend a proprietary applicator. Read the label before you buy; some sealers leave no sheen, and only penetrate to protect the stone.

    Previously Sealed Marble

    Marble with an unknown past might need the attention of a pro. Sealers penetrate slightly, and a new coat might not bond with an older application. Marble polishing powders make glassy marble seem possible, but these products might only produce a soft sheen. A professional restorer can grind the marble and buff to a shine. Another option is a topical shine product. This sits on the surface of the marble and dries to a shine but can wear off quickly.

  • Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet
    on Jul 9, 2019

    I would use rubbing alcohol to remove residue. Then, try a store-bought natural stone seal and shine. In the future, always use an alcohol based cleaner for natural stone like the one in this video:

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