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How To Remove “Water Rings” On Polished Marble

A question our clients frequently ask is, “How can I remove water rings on my polished marble?” This article explains what “water rings” are, and what you can do about them.

Cause of Water Rings

Polished marble ideally has a glossy, glass-like, reflective finish. “Water rings,” although seemingly insignificant, can really diminish the appearance of polished marble when the lighting is just right. Blemishes on polished marble or other natural stone that are commonly mistaken and referred to as water rings are generally etch marks. Etching is chemical surface damage caused by acidic or high alkaline substances.

Removing Water Rings

If the etching is mild, that is, if you can run your finger across the surface of the stone and the finish still feels smooth, then you should be able to use a high-quality marble polishing compound to remove the etch.

Professional Services May Be Necessary

If the etching is severe, that is, if you run your finger across the surface of the stone and the finish feels rough, then the etch should be removed by a professional stone restoration contractor. Attempting to remove a severe etch on your own could result in further damage to the surface of the stone.

How to Prevent Water Rings

What can you do to prevent etch damage? Use drink coasters. Clean up spills immediately. On marble kitchen countertops, don’t store wine bottles, vinegar bottles, or similar items directly on the stone, and on marble vanity tops, don’t store cosmetic products directly on the stone. Instead, use trays to store items on your tops.

Contrary to what you may have heard, marble sealers cannot prevent etch damage. Sealers penetrate the surface of the stone to inhibit liquids from being absorbed into the stone. Acidic and high alkaline substances don’t need to be absorbed into the stone to cause damage, they merely have to come into contact with the stone. There are, however, some new solutions on the market to prevent etching on countertops and vanity tops.

Feel free to contact us for specific etch removal product recommendations, to learn more about etch prevention solutions, or to schedule professional etch removal services.

This is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of SurpHaces PRO Partners.

Kids… and Clean Carpets, Too

Maintaining clean interior textiles can be a challenge if you have kids. The most simple and effective way to keep dirt, sand, bacteria, food and drink spills, and the like off of your carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture is to establish some rules for kids. Here are some suggestions.

Keep clean.

Instruct your child to wash his or her hands or take a bath or shower right away after sticky, dirty, or otherwise messy activities. After all, dirt that goes down the drain will not end up on your carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture.

Don’t track dirt into the house.

Removing shoes at the doorway can make a world of difference in how much dirt and grime gets ground into the fibers of rugs and carpeting.

Eat and drink in designated areas.

Keeping food and beverage consumption confined to the kitchen, dining room, or other areas where there is hard surface flooring can limit the possibility of spills, splatters, and crumbs soiling your interior textiles.

Put away toys, games, and other clutter.

Let’s face it. You are probably going to be less likely to vacuum often if you have to pick up a thousand toys before you can vacuum. Instruct children to play with one toy at a time and to put the toy away before moving on to some other activity. If things get out of hand, give children a basket to gather any belongings and then put them where they go while you vacuum. If items are quickly cleared away when you decide it is time to vacuum, then vacuuming won’t seem like such a chore.

Report spills and help clean them.

Although you probably cannot count on a child to thoroughly clean spills, you can use spills as an opportunity to teach your child proper cleaning techniques and how to be responsible. For specific instructions on cleaning spills, see our free, downloadable Carpet and Interior Textiles Care Guide.

Regular Professional Cleaning

No matter how quickly you clean up spills and accidents or how often you vacuum, regular professional carpet and upholstery cleaning is an essential part of your strategy for maintaining clean, fresh, beautiful interior textiles. Professional cleaning achieves a deep-down clean that simply is not possible with regular cleanups and vacuuming.

This is one of a series of articles written and published on behalf of SurpHaces PRO Partners.