5 DIY Etching Solutions For Marble Countertops

Marble is a relatively soft stone that is prone to various marks due to its calcium, carbonate makeup. A common complaint among owners of marble countertops are markings known as etches. Etches on marble or other natural stone appear as water spots, rings or a light discoloration. This etching occurs upon contact with various acidic foods and beverages, such as wine, soda, coffee, and alcohol.  It is actually a type of corrosion that essentially eats away at the marble. Depending on the severity of the etching, these do-it-yourself solutions may help.

1. Marble Polish

One of the easiest ways to remove etching from marble countertops is with a quality marble polish or etch remover. These products are specifically engineered to repair marble surfaces that have suffered minimal damage due to corrosion.

Apply a small amount of the marble polish to a soft cloth and rub it into the damaged area. Several applications may be needed to completely remove the etching. Continue until the shine is restored ,and the corrosion is no longer visible.

2. Electric Buffer

In addition to using a marble polish, you can use an electric buffer to gently remove the etching from the countertop. Sprinkle a generous amount of marble polish powder onto the etchings. Polish the marble with an electric buffer until the stains disappear.

3. Baking Soda

Some people find success in removing marble countertop etchings with a homemade baking soda and water concoction. Combine enough water with baking soda to create a paste with a sour cream consistency.  

Apply the baking soda mixture over the etched area and cover it completely with a sheet of plastic wrap. Allow the baking soda mixture to sit on the stain for at least 24 hours. After the 24 hours are up, remove the mixture with soap and water.

4. Flour and Soap

Flour and soap can also be combined to make a homemade etch remover. Combine 5 tablespoons of mild dishwashing detergent to 1 cup unbleached flour. Apply it to the etching, cover it with plastic wrap, and allow it to sit for 24 hours before washing it off.

5. Corn Starch

Corn starch can be useful in removing etch marks from marble countertops. Spray the spot with a light application of distilled water, and sprinkle a thick layer of corn starch over top. Let it sit for 24 hours and reapply if needed.

An etching on a marble countertop can easily become an eye sore. For more information about countertop care, contact your local countertop supplier, such as Plastic Line Mfg Inc.