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Marble Polishing Etch Remover
With this unique and user-friendly Etch Remover / Marble Polishing product, removing water-stains and spots, glass-rings, dull spots and damage from acid and chemical etching has never been easier! Restore the shine to your polished marble and travertine surfaces with this very popular and effective professional-grade marble polishing & etch repair product. Excellent for light scratch repair as well.
NOTE: For use on polished (shiny) surfaces only (marble, travertine, limestone and onyx). Not for use on honed or other non-polished surfaces (will make the surface shiny). Will not re-polish hard stones like granite, quartzite, serpentine or quartz countertops.
TIP: The Etch Remover / Marble Polishing product must be thoroughly neutralized and removed from the treated area after and/or in-between applications. We recommend using this Granite & Marble Cleaner for this purpose and for general marble cleaning.
An Essential Product for Polishing Marble and Marble Repair
Calcite-based stones like marble, travertine, limestone & onyx are sensitive to acidic foods like citrus fruit, fruit juices, wine, coffee, soda, vinegar and to alkaline cleaning products like bleach and nearly all typical household cleaning products found at your local store. Such substances cause "acid etching" or "chemical etching".
The acids and chemicals can corrode or "etch" the surface creating dull spots, clear or light-colored spots and glass-rings. These are not stains in the traditional sense. Nothing is absorbed into the stone, so etching is not related to sealing. Etching is actual physical damage that removes the polished (shiny) layer and eats into the stone. A stone sealer will not prevent etching.
The original shiny polish on your marble countertops and floors was created by friction and abrasion. The Etch Remover / Marble Polishing Product works in the same fashion restoring the shine and color to surfaces damaged from etching by polishing marble surfaces. The process is similar to sanding wood smooth.
Best of all.... it's an easy DIY project saving you the costly expense of hiring a pro in most cases. Marble repair and maintenance made easy! Although rare, very severe etching that is rough to the touch may still require professional attention.
For use on polished marble, travertine, limestone & onyx. Not suitable for non-polished (honed, tumbled, brushed, antiqued, etc.) surfaces. Not engineered for use on granite or serpentine (a green stone often sold as "marble"), which are much harder stones than marble.
NOTE: Etch Remover / Marble Polishing Product is not to be confused with Topical Stone Polish. The Topical Polish / Conditioner is a "shine enhancer" which can only enhance undamaged surfaces. It cannot remove glass-rings or repair etching damage.
Using the Etch Remover / Marble Polishing product is very simple and effective, although, different than a "cleaner". It isn't a wipe on, wipe off procedure. The powder is re-polishing the damaged area and must be rubbed on the etch mark until it is restored.
However, this is not done in one long application. It's best to make several small/short applications using a new spoonful of powder each time until the shine and color are restored.
The most common mistake is stopping before the process is complete. The process is like sanding wood. The surface will get smoother and smoother with each application. Continue with repeat applications until the shine is restored.
1. Sprinkle powder on the etched area
2. Sprinkle or spray with water to make to dampen the powder
3. Rub in a circular fashion with a soft cloth
4. Mist with water on the paste / powder as it dries out
5. Paste will disperse as you rub, so after rubbing for 30 seconds or so, just wipe it all off
6. Immediately clean area with a neutral stone cleaner like this Recommended Stone Cleaner
-- Note: Do not let the powder / paste remain on the surface without rubbing
7. Inspect the spot, noting changes
8. Sprinkle more powder, mist with water, rub, wipe off, clean
9. Repeat this process as many times as needed until you restore the shine and blend with the rest of the surface.
The Etch Remover is meant to be applied by hand in small sections. A power tool with buffing pad may be used, however, with caution or you risk burning swirl marks into the marble. It is best to apply by hand. If you choose to use a power buffer be sure to use minimal pressure, set the speed (RPM) on the lowest setting, and take your time inspecting your results frequently.