What can I do about etched spots on marble counters?

Irene Fuhrmann
by Irene Fuhrmann
Does anyone have a good remedy to remove etched spots on marble counters? I used the alcohol, dawn/water method, but the spots remain. I hope I don't have to get a professional marble polisher in. Any suggestions??
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  • Sauve Sauve on Jan 23, 2017

    Is it stains from oil or vinegar? Did you use a bacteria wipes or degreaser? How big are the stains? All of this makes a difference in how to treat it yourself.

    I had a lemon (acid) stain the third day we had our marble table top. I went to a store that sales stone for counters and they had a cleaner they sold me. I suggest you do the same but make sure you go with the proper information because there are different products for different types of damage.

  • Lorelei Lorelei on Jan 29, 2017

    I have carrara marble countertops that are full of etch spots and of course, it is disappointing, but I decided I would do my best to make the look as alive as possible. All the remedies I've seen do not touch the problem, so I decided to not 'baby' them anymore and when I have yet another spot, I use Bar Keeper's Friend new liquid version. You will not get these stains out without a mild abrasive no matter what anyone tells you. After I scrub out the stains, the counter is very, very dull of course, so I go over the entire surface, spread evenly (not just the etch marks) with lemon oil. I have some from Holland House which is sold in most hardware stores, and you don't need a lot of it but you will let the lemon oil sit for a few hours or overnight. Not sure about any other oils, but I'm guessing baby oil would work too. I wipe off the excess of the oil with a paper towel. I've had these countertops now for 4 yrs. and I cook a lot. I was warned about how tedious marble countertops are, but I don't care, I love the look of it. No matter how careful you are, you are definitely going to get a lot of etching on carrara unless you do positively no cooking, and I like to cook. You will still see scratches if you closely inspect the countertop but it is better than the dull etch marks any day. Good luck!

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    • Lorelei Lorelei on Jan 29, 2017

      Good luck, Irene. Don't panic when it looks very dull after you scrub out the ugly etching. Trust me when I say mine were awful and they used to be the high gloss (not honed) tops. Very dull and awful. While I won't ever get marble countertops again (not sure what I would choose if I ever re-do a kitchen!) I am happy with the restoration I get with the lemon oil. Be sure to shake the Bar Keeper's Friend liquid very well before using it. By the way, I use it for everything-it does a phenomenal job on my glass coffee pot, my glass shower door and even use it to polish my jewelry and brass pots. If you have a glass cook top, you will never have to buy a special cleaner for it, because the BKF liquid is better than any I've used. It cleans everything without scratching. Good luck!