Marble is one of the most beautiful materials with which you can furnish your home. It can transform an ordinary kitchen into a luxurious entertainment space, and marble flooring can make your home feel like a sophisticated palace. No matter where you have chosen to install marble in your home, it’s important to protect your investment. We noted a few of the most common forms of marble damage in a previous post, and in today’s post, we’ll take an in-depth look at a specific form of marble damage, etching.

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As we’re sure you already know, marble is a naturally occurring stone that requires more delicate care than tile or other manmade materials. More specifically, marble is composed of calcium carbonate, a material which reacts quickly to acidic substances. If you spill lemon juice, coffee, or another acidic substance on your marble, you can expect a dull spot to form within seconds of the spill due to the chemical reaction between the calcium carbonate and the acid. Other acidic substances that cause etching include:

  • Bleach 
  • Ammonia
  • Vinegar
  • Alcohol
  • Soda
  • Citrus fruits
  • Salad dressings
  • Tomato sauce

Tips for Preventing Etching

  • The first thing you should do is use caution whenever you’re handling food or drinks around your marble — this includes using placemats and coasters if you have a small countertop bar.
  • If you happen to spill something, clean it up as soon as possible using a soft microfiber cloth. While regular towels aren’t particularly likely to damage your marble, it’s always better to be as safe as possible when it comes to protecting your marble’s polish and sealant.
  • We recommend using cleaning products designed specifically for marble surfaces whenever you’re cleaning, but if you choose to use a product that isn’t designed specifically for marble, make sure that it doesn’t contain bleach, ammonia, or vinegar.
  • If you’ve chosen to furnish your home with marble floors, make sure that you’re using a specialty broom and mop whenever you’re cleaning, as traditional mops and brooms can quickly scratch and damage the polish.

We hope that this post has helped you to understand what marble etching is, and how you can prevent it from negatively affecting the marble in your home. If you have marble that has become etched over time, it’s not too late to invest in marble restoration! Our experts will come to your home and provide you with a thorough evaluation of your marble. We can provide you with high-quality marble restoration and marble polishing that leaves your marble looking like it’s been newly installed. Get in touch with us today to request a marble restoration estimate!