All That You Need To Know About Etch Marks And Their Removal

Marble and granite as many would know are pretty expensive stones as compared to other worktop materials, but they sure have their advantages over others too. Being one of the most durable materials, granite offers exceptional heat and stain resistant properties.

Now I have seen many people complain about their stubborn granite ‘marks’ which they say are impossible to clean. Let me enlighten you here, these water marks or ghost stains are not exactly STAINS. Yes, they are actually etch marks which are a lot different than the usual stains and marks we get from regular spills which are usually temporary. Let us try and learn more about the causes and remedying solutions for these etch marks.

What causes them?

•Acidic/ Basic food products- Wine, fruit juices, tea, coffee, soda, salad dressings and sauces can cause etching of granite over time.

•Chemical cleaning products- Using caustic household cleaners like bleach, vinegar and ammonia based solvents can also cause etching of your favourite granite or quartz worktop.

What can etching do to your surface?

Etching of the stone begins at the surface when the stone comes in contact with a corrosive material that dulls its glossy sheen or discolours the worktop. Apart from these, one may also notice white spots and spray or ring marks; which are usually mistaken as stains by most of the people.

How to prevent etching?

One efficient method to prevent your coloured or black granite worktops from etching is to prevent their longer exposures with the aforementioned products. Wipe off any spills of the acidic or basic drink or food immediately to prevent it from corroding the surface. Similarly, avoid using harsh chemicals for cleaning your worktop surface. Some warm water with neutral dish soap is sufficient for regular cleaning of granite and quartz worktops.

What to do if your worktop already has etched marks?

For an etched surface that has lost its shine and appears dull; it can be easily remedied by using a good quality etch remover polishing product on it. However, if the etching is severe, your worktop probably needs professional polishing.

You can contact your initial worktop installer and enquire for polishing and sealing services. While sealing granite counters can provide some protection from ‘etch’ marks, it does not guarantee a permanent cure. When there are stains in addition to the etch marks, the surface first needs to be treated for stain removal and then the issue of etch marks needs to be resolved.

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