Cleaning old marble?

sherrizApril 21, 2010

I am planning on installing the marble wall pieces below into cut outs in my dining room wall. I believe they are marble. I have tried to gently brush them clean with light sand paper but they still are yellowed and stained. Is there any way to clean and brighten them up?

Thanks so much.

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I think you'd better find out for sure just what kind of material you are dealing with before you riun them trying to clean marble when they're not. If you take one to someone who deals in marble they should be able to tell you. It could be limestone too.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2010 at 8:33PM
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I`m recommended you use Liquid silicone

Here is a link that might be useful: Seattle cleaning service

    Bookmark   April 22, 2010 at 5:42AM
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It looks like real marble to me. Try this first. Take mild dish soap (Ivory)dilute in a spray bottle. Wet the stone well and then do a light scrubbing with a nylon bristle brush. The yellowing likely will NOT be removed by regular cleaning as it will likely need the application of a "poultice" to "draw" the stain out of the pores of the stone crystals. If it lightens with light cleaning it may make you happy but other wise cleaning with a cleanser that can float the contamination up and out and this time WITHOUT detergents. If you would like the name or other methods on the poultice let me know

    Bookmark   April 29, 2010 at 4:49PM
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Thanks for the advice. Would love to know what the poultice recipe is. tx!

    Bookmark   April 29, 2010 at 5:17PM
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sherriz - they are "whiting" (finely ground chalk mixed with water) and spread on wet. Klet it dry and brush it off.

Other recipes can be found: google for marble poultice and seewhat comes up.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 5:48PM
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Stan, I'd like to know more about poultices for removing stains from marble. My local marble/granite dealer had no advice to offer.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 2:20PM
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Dixie_Woman, there was a discussion over on Kitchens in the last few days about stains on a marble kitchen counter, with some suggestions about different poultices. Maybe there will be something in there to help?

Here is a link that might be useful: stains on a marble kitchen counter

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 6:59PM
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