HOW TO REMOVE AN ETCH ON MARBLE, TRAVERTINE & LIMESTONE IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA?

If you have Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Marble and Conglomerates (natural stone) and Terrazzo installed in your restrooms, and on walls, countertops and floors, you might come face to face with rings and spots.

Overtime, these rings and spots will become a source of frustration. Rings, splatter marks and droplet impressions won’t go away with any Herculean cleaning effort on ones part. These unappealing spots, rings and markings are called etching.

WHAT CAUSES ETCHING?

Below is a particle list of substances that can instantly etch Marble, Limestone, Travertine, Marble and Conglomerates (natural stone) and Terrazzo surfaces on contact.

Here is a list of substances that etch:

  • Wine
  • Carbonated water
  • Adult beverages
  • CLR (Calcium Lime and Remover)
  • All Shower and Tub cleaners (acid based)
  • All hard water removers (acid based)
  • All vinegar based cleaners
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Beer
  • Fruit juice
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks
  • Hot sauce
  • Lemons
  • Yogurt
  • Grapefruit
  • Peppers chopped in concentration
  • Tomato juice
  • Juice drinks with citrus acid
  • Ketchup        
  • Vinegar
  • Mustard
  • Salad dressing with vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Tomato sauce
  • Marinara sauce
  • Pizza sauce
  • Mouth wash
  • Toothpaste

HOW CAN YOU REMOVE ETCHING?

Homeowners are not aware of many of the substances that can create etching on their natural stone. Some homeowners purchase homes not realizing until it is too late that the various prohibited substances listed above can damage their natural stone. Many will use home remedies to no avail and unfortunately these efforts can exacerbate their etching issue and cause additional chemical reactions.

There are two types of etching that are recognized by hard surface professionals:

  • SURFACE ETCH
  • SUBLEVEL ETCH

Surface etching will leave a crusty feel that can be felt with the tips of your fingers. Surface etching feels like rough edges around and in the center of the etch. 

This can happen two ways:

  • When an impregnating sealant is applied to Marble, Travertine, Limestone, Conglomerates (natural stone) or Terrazzo the sealer can create repellency keeping the acid based substances on top to form a crusty etch as it dries on the surface.
  • The other is based on porosity and permeability of the stone, which plays a big part in helping to create a surface etch. How? Porosity is the distribution of pores between tiny grains and pores that exist in open spaces inside the rock. However, permeability determines how fluids and air pass through the stone. Simply stated, untreated natural stone absorbs more moisture than professionally sealed natural stone.

How to remove a surface etch? If the damage is in the form of a crusty etch, there is a greater chance that most of the etching can be removed. Sadly, there are few home remedies that can be formulated to address the issue. Thankfully, Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, the premier cleaning, sealing and polishing company is just a phone call away. We can remove the etching for you or you can purchase an etch remover to tackle the damage yourself.

At Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, we recommend a product called Natural Touch by StonePro. You can purchase a small bottle of this product online. Stone Pro Natural Touch - Etch Removing Compound. Simply, follow the directions on the bottle. Before purchasing, please consider whether or not you have a sublevel etch. If so, the etch remover compound will not work. How do you know?

Take your fingers and rub on the surface. If there is a deep impression, it is a sublevel etch. Sublevel etching can only be removed with the process of restoration. Why? The deep impression is a sign the substance has dissolved into the stone and is below where the etching compound can make contact. Since most etching is sublevel etching you might need professional help.

How does Stone Care of Arizona’s remove these types of etching? We use resin diamonds to hone below the sublevel etch and then polish to match the existing appearance. Give Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, the premier cleaning, sealing and polishing company a call, 480-625-0557. We give free advice!

WHAT CAN PREVENT ETCHING? 

To prevent most etching will require a lifestyle change on everyone’s part. It begins by being careful with the acids that are placed on your countertops and bath tubs. Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, the premier cleaning, sealing and polishing company suggest placing area rugs in trafficked areas to protect the natural stone. The need to watch how countertops, showers and floors are cleaned is very important. Be sure to check on the cleaning products the housekeeping service uses. Make sure they are not using any acid based cleaners to remove calcium magnesium off showers and around sinks with natural stone. Lastly, make sure no one uses vinegar based mopping solutions. If you need professional help, Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, the premier cleaning, sealing and polishing company can remove etching in Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills and Paradise Valley, Arizona.  

This message is brought to you by Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, and we are the Ambassadors of Clean. To get a free estimate on any etch removal, cleaning, sealing and polishing service, please give us a call 480-625-0557.

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Stone Care of Arizona LLC provides natural stone care and tile cleaning, stone sealing and stone polishing for the following cities in Arizona: Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City, Tempe, Arizona.