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Marble Polishing Powder Etch Remover
This unique and user-friendly Etch Remover / Marble Polishing compound easily removes water-stains, glass-rings, and dull spots to restore the shiny finish. Repairing damage from acid and chemical etching has never been easier!
SAVE 15% on the Etch Remover when also purchasing the "Bundle" (see tab on this page above) Etch Remover + Granite & Marble Spray Cleaner. The Marble Repair Kit offers complete care with repair, cleaning, and polishing products.
Restore the shine to your polished marble and travertine surfaces with this very popular and effective professional-grade etch repair marble polishing powder. Excellent for light scratch repair as well.
NOTE: For use on polished (shiny) surfaces only (marble, travertine, limestone, and onyx). For black marble or etch marks that feel rough-to-the-touch use the Etch Remover / Marble Polishing Pads - Drill Kit. Black marble is more difficult to repolish than other marble colors and the Drill Kit product is more suitable. However, on black marble a professional may be needed in some cases.
Not for use on honed or other non-polished surfaces (it will make the surface shiny). Will not re-polish granite, quartzite, serpentine (green marble), or quartz countertops. To repolish green marble (serpentine) or granite use the Granite Polishing Kit.
TIP: The Etch Remover product must be 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. Marble etching is actual physical damage that removes the polished (shiny) layer and eats into the stone. A stone sealer will not prevent marble etching.
The original shiny polish on your marble countertops and floors was created by friction and abrasion. The Etch Remover / Marble Polishing powder 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.
NOTE: Etch Remover / Marble Polishing Powder 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 about 1/8 teaspoon of powder in the center of the dull etched area.
2. Using a spray bottle with water, mist the powder to dampen. Or sprinkle with water from a cup. It should be a wet paste consistency but not runny.
3. Rub in a circular fashion with a soft moist cloth until the area and paste is dry. This usually occurs in about 20 - 60 seconds.
4. Mist the area again with water and, using the same cloth with paste residue, rub in circles with light to medium pressure. Then vigorously rub back and forth with more pressure until the surface is dry and shiny. This second polishing will help blend the shine.
5. Immediately neutralize the paste and clean the area with a stone cleaner like this Recommended Stone Cleaner.
-- Note: Do not let the paste remain on the surface without rubbing. Clean off completely immediately after step 4.
7. Inspect the spot noting changes.
8. Repeat steps 1-5 if needed. Two or more applications are sometimes needed and normal.
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 a 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.