How to Clean Stains from Marble
Zud and elbow grease helped remove the worst of the stains from this 1879 marble sinktop (Photo: Ken Holmes)
Because marble is slightly porous, sinktops and tabletops made from this beautiful stone often become discolored over the years.
But there are ways to bring marble back to nearly its original brightness.
For minor discoloration, try washing it several times with a non-abrasive cleaner, such as Zud or Bon Ami.
For heavier stains, take three or four cakes of Ivory soap, cut them up and disolve in hot water until you have a "slurp."
Paint this on the marble and let it sit for five days or so. If the gunk starts to dry during that time, consider slopping some more on -- or wetting it down.
At the end of the period, hose and wash it all off. Presto, the marble is as good as new!