At Fuller Stone Care, we often find that people use the terms “etches” and “stains” interchangeably, but they are actually entirely different issues. This distinction is crucial because the best way to clean or restore marble or granite will vary based on which issue you’re dealing with.

Here, we’ll explain what etching is, what stains are, what hard water is, and how to tell the difference. If you need cleaning or repairs, contact us at 855-205-0972 right away.

What is Etching?

Etching occurs when acidic substances dissolve into the stone surface. This results in a white area or dull spot with tiny pits, altering the way light hits the surface and potentially causing discoloration. Etching is a common issue with marble, but granite is typically unaffected.

Common causes of etching include spills from acidic substances like fruit juices or wine. Even sealing your marble won’t prevent etching, though it does ensure that stains remain on the surface. At Fuller Stone Care, we can professionally polish the surface to restore its original appearance.

What is Hard Water?

Hard water stains look similar to etching because they appear as white marks. However, these stains sit on top of the stone. Hard water, rich in calcium, can leave a crusty white residue where water evaporates, commonly around faucets and sinks.

While an acidic cleaner can dissolve calcium deposits, using such a cleaner on marble can cause damage. There are alternative solutions, such as gently shaving away the top layer. However, if you don’t address the underlying cause, like a leak, hard water stains will keep coming back.

What are Stains?

Stains on marble or granite are entirely preventable. These stones are porous, meaning they can absorb liquids that lead to stains. However, proper sealing can prevent this issue. If stains are present, it indicates that the area hasn’t been sealed recently.

Regularly sealing your marble or granite is essential to maintain its appearance and durability. At Fuller Stone Care, we can remove existing stains and ensure your stone is properly sealed to prevent future issues.

Identifying the Problem

Recognizing Etching

  • Appearance: White areas, dull spots, or pits on the stone surface.
  • Cause: Acidic substances like fruit juices, wine, or cleaners.
  • Affected Stone: Mostly marble.

Recognizing Hard Water Stains

  • Appearance: Crusty white deposits on the surface.
  • Cause: Calcium-rich water evaporating, leaving deposits.
  • Common Locations: Around faucets and sinks.
  • Solution: Use of specific cleaners or mechanical removal, coupled with addressing the water source.

Recognizing Stains

  • Appearance: Discoloration from absorbed liquids.
  • Cause: Lack of proper sealing.
  • Affected Stone: Both marble and granite.
  • Solution: Professional cleaning and sealing.

Professional Care for Your Stone Surfaces

At Fuller Stone Care, we offer comprehensive care for your marble and granite surfaces, from identifying the issue to implementing the best solution. Our services include:

  • Cleaning: Removing dirt, grime, and existing stains.
  • Polishing: Restoring the shine and smoothness of your stone.
  • Sealing: Protecting your stone from future stains and etching.
  • Repair: Fixing cracks, chips, and other damage to restore the stone’s integrity.

Contact Us for Expert Stone Care

Whether your marble or granite is affected by etching, hard water stains, or other issues, Fuller Stone Care is here to help. Our expert team can assess the condition of your stone surfaces and recommend the best course of action. For a free consultation and estimate, contact us at 855-205-0972 today. Let us help you keep your stone surfaces looking beautiful and lasting longer.