The Ultimate Marble Floor Stain Removal Guide
Marble floors are pretty common in homes in offices in India. This natural stone is the flooring material of choice because it is relatively inexpensive and looks really good.
However, marble is a soft sedimentary rock which is porous and so it tends to stain very easily. It is mainly made up of calcium carbonate which reacts with acidic liquids forming permanent stains.
What should you do if you spill something on your marble floor
The ideal way to deal with a stain is to clean/blot it immediately. The longer it remains, the more difficult it becomes to remove stains from marble. But in case it is too late and the stain stays, we will let you know some DIY marble stain removal techniques as well as some products available in the market that you can try. In case the stain cannot be removed by these methods you would need floor grinding and polishing services.
DIY marble stain removal techniques
A poultice is a liquid detergent or chemical mixed with a white absorbent material to form a thick paste. The liquid cleaner or chemical slowly draws the stain out into the absorbent material. The application of poultice may have to be repeated to remove certain stains completely, but some stains may still never be thoroughly removed.
Types of Stains: This method works on paint, tea, coffee, wine and other organic stains on marble
- Prepare the poultice
Mix diluted Hydrogen Peroxide to baking soda to form a thick paste (with the consistency of Nutella). The mixture will foam a little. If the mixture dries up completely, add some water to it.
- Apply the poultice
Wet the stained area with water and spread a layer of poultice 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick over it. Use a knife or spatula to spread the poultice evenly.
- Cover the poultice
Put a plastic over the poultice and tape the edges to seal it.
- Wait for 24 to 48 hours
Let the poultice stay on for 24 to 48 hours so that it dries thoroughly. The drying process is what pulls the stain out of the stone and into the poultice material
- Remove the poultice after 24 to 48 hours
Take off the plastic and remove the poultice from the stain. Wipe with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.
- Repeat the process
Re-apply the poultice if the stain is not removed. It may take up to two to three applications for stubborn stains.
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2. Corn starch
To remove Grease and Oil stains from Marble
- Sprinkle some corn starch over the greasy spot
- Let it sit for about twenty minutes so that it absorbs the grease.
- Wipe away the corn starch with a damp cloth.
- Dry the marble using a soft cloth
Marble Stain Remover Product
We came across two interesting products, Mangia Macchia, a stain removal paste and Mangia Ruggine which is a rust removal gel, both manufactured by Bellinzoni, an Italian Company. These products are now available in India through Truworth Homes and work quite well as we found out after testing.
Mangia Macchia stain remover
It is a spot stain remover available in paste form in 250 ml cups. It is capable of removing Common household stains like oil, grease, food, coffee/tea and wine from marble, slate, granite, terrazo and ceramic floors. It is easy to use and works on most of the stains that we tested.
We tested this product on different kind of stains on pieces of marble. We found out that it was pretty effective for grease/oil stains and old tea stains.
How to use Mangia Macchia marble stain remover.
The idea is to apply a 5 mm thick layer of the paste on the stain, cover it with plastic film and leave if for at least 12 hours before removing.
Caution: This product is corrosive as it contains sodium hydoxide (caustic soda) so it is important to wear gloves while handling it. It should also be kept out of reach of kids. Refer to the safety instructions on the pack.
Step 1- Apply the poultice
First wipe the stain with a wet cloth. Apply a 5 mm thick layer of the marble stain remover on the oil, grease, coffee, ketchup etc stain.
Apply poultice on it
Step 2- Cover the paste layer
Cover the paste layer with a plastic wrap to prevent it from drying quickly so that it works better. After 2-3 hours remove the plastic film and let the paste dry.
Step 3- Wait for the paste to dry (12-24 hours)
Once dry, the product will become a powder with whitish color. (12-24 hours depending on temperature and humidity.)
Step 4- Remove the poultice with a brush
Proceed to remove the dried paste using a brush and then wipe it with a wet cloth. If the spot will be still visible, repeat the process till complete elimination of the spot.
Mangia Macchia Stain Remover – The verdict
Removing oil and haldi stains from marble
We tested the product by applying a generous layer of curry and oil on a piece of marble. The stain looked quite horrible.
As you can see the stain has totally disappeared from the marble.
Removing tea stain on marble
We tested the product on a fresh tea stain and the results came out immaculate.
From the above picture, we conclude that the tea stain has totally vanished from the marble using this paste.
How to buy Mangia Macchia Marble Stain Remover in India
Removing acid or Harpic stains from marble
This one turned out to be trickier. The product was unable to remove an old Harpic stain from a piece of marble. This is understandable as acid eats into the surface of the marble and forms a permanent stain. The best way to get rid of such stains is to avail floor grinding and polishing services so that the stained later can be removed and fresh clean layer can be revealed.
You can find out more about floor grinding for stain removal the last section.
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How to remove rust stains from marble – Mangiaruggine
Rust Remover is a gel product, specially formulated for the elimination of stains of rust on all kinds of materials. It can be safely used on marble and works like a charm.
We tested this product on a white marble which had a rust stain on it and were amazed by the results.
How it works
Step 1-Moisten the surface with water
Step 2- Apply the rust remover directly on the product
Step 3- Wait few minutes the product will become purple (5 minutes for polished materials)
Step 4- Rinse with water
As demonstrated above, the stain has totally vanished from the marble. It’s a thumb’s up for this product from our end.
How to buy Bellinzoni Rust Remover in India
Contact Truworth homes by visiting their website and place an order on the phone
Get Professional Help – Floor Grinding
If you have given it all and still had no luck with the stains, its time to get Floor Grinding and Polishing done. Floor Grinding is the process of buffing the floor at high speed to remove a thin layer of marble so that stubborn stains on marble are removed. Polishing is done to restore the shine and gloss of marble. To know more about Floor Grinding and Polishing process click here.
We, at Broomberg Cleaning Services, did a small experiment just to show you how effective the Floor Grinding and Polishing Process is. Our staff bathroom had a big-ugly acid stain because of blue toilet cleaner. We tried all kinds of home remedies on it without any success. So, we finally got grinding and polishing done on the floor.
Here are the results:
Take a look at this video to see the how easily our Floor Grinding and Polishing service removes impossible stains from marble
If you have any queries related to marble floor maintenance or stain removal, drop a comment below :). You can book our floor grinding and polishing service by visiting our website.
Marble stain removal product section has been researched and written by Twinkle Sahni
Last updated on 20 April 2017