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Stains on marble counter in San Jose.

by Erika
(San Jose )

I just scored a great deal on a bathroom vanity with a white marble top.

The top has orangish stains at the front of each sink basin. The previous owner didn't know what caused the stains.

It looks like rust stains. I'm trying a 7:1 peroxide and ammonia / baking soda poultice. (36 hours in so far)

It doesn't seem to be fading. What should I do next?


Rust stains are a pain to remove. The hydrogen peroxide is what I would use.

It may need to be honed first which would open up the pores even more and most likely remove most of the rust that's on the surface.

After honing, then I would us some very strong hydrogen peroxide you buy at a beauty supply store for your poultice.

After poulticing several times I would hone again and bring up to a polished finish.

For the honing you could use an orbital sander with maybe 100 or 200 grit wet sanding paper.

After poulticing hone with 400 grit, then 600 grit and even 800 grit wet sand paper on your orbital sander.

You may not be able to do the polishing, but the marble vanity will look pretty good at a high honed finish.

You may need to the honing every once in a while to remove etches and scratches from time to time.

If all this sounds too much for you, give me a call or use our contact page to have us come out and hone a polish your vanity top.

Good luck!


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Aug 09, 2013
Will try stronger peroxide.
by: Anonymous

I will try the orbital sander and stronger peroxide. Should I use the same poultice with that, or just straight peroxide? I also have a photo of stain. How do I post that or can I?

Use my contact us page to send me an email and then you will be able to upload photos.

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