Orange spots on Carrara Marble--Is this Normal?

mommytotyMay 11, 2014

We are in the final stages of building a home (we move in this Friday!) and although the "White Carrara Marble Extra" has been installed on my kitchen counters for a few weeks, they've been covered up with a brown paper the whole time for protection. They finally took the paper off and I am noticing tiny orange-rust colored spots in a couple areas (not everywhere uniformally). Are these spots normal to this type of marble or are these stains of some sort?? If these are stains, can they be removed?

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Sophie Wheeler

High iron content on the slab. It's rust. And it will continue to rust, especiallyif moistened.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 2:40PM
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ak0402

Bill Vincent, our Kitchens Forum resident stone and tile expert (who hasn't been on in a while - we miss him), said in an old thread "cheap carrara is notorious for having iron deposits in it, and those iron deposits can and will begin to rust after a time, causing yellow or orange rust stains."

However, I do not know how you are supposed to know whether you have bought the cheap carrara or not. I know people have carrara marble in their kitchens for years, even decades, without rusting. Anyway, here is another thread where someone posted their solution.

Here is a link that might be useful: Older Thread about Carrara Marble and Rust

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 3:08PM
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Trebruchet

Drill 'em and fill 'em if they bother you that badly.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2014 at 3:16PM
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