MB-11® Touch Up is a unique combination of specialty abrasives and catalysts that make the art of marble polishing relatively easy to implement without the need of any power tool. MB-11® Touch Up is designed for spot polishing of most “water stains” or “rings” from polished marble, travertine, and any other calcite-based stone. Works best on lighter stones.
All powders are packed by weight and not by volume.
Directions for use: Be certain to test product first on a spare tile or inconspicuous area for extra caution before use. Use rubber gloves at all times when handling the product. Apply approximately 1/8 teaspoon of powder to the dull spot to be restored. Using a spray bottle, spray a mist of water over the powder, making sure all the powder is moistened. If you do not have a spray bottle, you can pour a few drops of water onto the powder from a cup. The mixture should be a wet paste consistency. Using a clean, slightly moistened white piece of cotton cloth (a washcloth will do fine), rub until the area treated is dry. To finish with a “professional touch”, spray a bit more water to the area being treated, then using the same part of the cloth with product residue, rub in circles (with a little pressure). Then use a fast back and forth motion (with more pressure) until the stone surface is dry and shiny. This will make for a perfect blend. Repeat the process if needed. For the final cleaning, to eliminate any residue, spray a little MB-5 Stone & More Multi Surface Spray Cleaner, then rub it dry.
To determine if you need to seal your stone, try doing a water test on the stone's surface. Pour a little more than a tablespoon of water onto the area to be tested and let stand for approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Check to see if the water has absorbed any. If it looks the same, then you probably do not need to seal the stone's surface. Another way to verify your findings, is to wipe away the water with a dry cloth and see if the stone looks darker. If the color hasn't changed, then you are still good to go without sealing. If the stone seems to look darker in color, then you would benefit in sealing the stone's surface. We would recommend using MB-24 Barrier to seal your stone's surface after using the MB-11® Touch Up and MB-5 Stone & More.
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Frequently Asked Questions
While MB-11 Marble Polishing Powder is a great choice for your marble top or flooring, you may still have questions. We want to get great feedback from people who have used the polish powder on various surfaces, including marble and travertine. Therefore, we've compiled this FAQ list to help you understand what it does and how to use it.
Please read through the list. If you're still unsure if this marble polish powder is right for you, you may contact us to find out more information. Let's get started!
What Surfaces Can You Use MB-11 Marble Polishing Powder?
Generally, it's best to use the powder on lighter-colored stones that are calcite-based. Dark surfaces might become dingy or change their hue if you use this product on them.
How Do You Use the MB-11 Marble Polishing Powder?
Whether you've got a limestone, terrazzo, travertine, or marble countertop, you can use this marble polishing powder. Each stone has its own individual makeup and might require different techniques to acquire the proper finish. You may always contact us for more information. Here are the basic steps to take:
- Make sure that you test the product on an inconspicuous area or on a spare tile before using it. That way, you know there won't be problems.
- Wear rubber gloves whenever you handle the product.
- Apply about 1/8 teaspoon of your powder to the dull spot you wish to restore.
- Fill a spray bottle with tap water, spraying a mist over the powder to moisten it all. Those who don't have access to a spray bottle can pour just a few drops of water from a cup. You're looking for a wet paste consistency here.
- Use a clean and slightly moistened piece of white cotton cloth, such as a washcloth, and rub until the area is completely dry.
- To add a professional touch to the marble, spray a little more water onto the treated area. Use that same cloth part with the residue to rub in circular motions with slight pressure. Start a faster back-and-forth motion with some more force to shine and dry the stone surface.
- Repeat the process as necessary.
- Clean away any residue from the stone by spraying some MB-5 Multi-surface Spray Cleaner on and rubbing it dry.
- Test to see if you must re-seal the stone periodically. Pour just over one tablespoon of water and let it stand for about 15 minutes. If things still look the same, you don't need to seal your marble.
What's the Difference Between Honed and Polished Marble?
It's important to choose the right marble product for your home. Polished and honed versions have many similarities and differences. Let's learn about them below:
- Shine - Honed marble tends to have an unpolished and matte finish. The surface doesn't really reflect light and features a more natural appearance. However, polished marble is shined and smoothed with abrasive materials to reflect the light. That gives it the bright look. Shined marble is more common in homes, but honed marble is becoming increasingly popular.
- Durability - Both honed and polished marble are similar in this area. It's a natural stone, so it's tough. However, you must seal it to prevent etching and stains. Honed marble has a duller and rougher surface, so it doesn't show imperfections as easily. Polished marble repels stains better because its surface isn't as porous.
- Color - Marble comes in many colors and gradients. Even countertops from the same slab might have a different hue if it's polished. Generally, honed marble has a lighter shade, and polished marble is darker. Therefore, it might be best to use MB-11 on honed marble.
- Aesthetics - You should also think about the aesthetics of your bathroom or kitchen when choosing between honed or polished marble. They are made of the same material, but the finish you select completely changes their appearance. Honed marble works better for natural and organic decorating styles because it creates a warm and neutral backdrop for other decorative touches. Polished marble, on the other hand, features a high-end and refined look. It pairs well with decorative lighting and ornate features and can stand alone as the decoration in the space because of its sheen.
Why Does Marble Leave Etch Marks?
Etch marks ruin the beautiful appearance of your marble surface. However, polishing powder can remove them easily.
Marble features calcium carbonate, which reacts violently with acidic agents, such as basic hand soap and household cleaners. Whenever they touch the marble, those acids create light scratches and etch marks in moments.
Generally, marble etch marks show up as dull and light because the acid reacts to them and physically dissolves some of the top surfaces. Once that happens, the marble below is exposed. It's not polished, so it can cause dull spots compared to the polished surroundings.
What Are Some Tips for Using MB-11 Marble Polishing Powder?
Your goal is to remove marble etch marks from the surfaces. You can prevent etching by using cutting boards and mats when making meals and beverages. Here are a few tips for using MB-11 Marble Polishing Powder:
- Don't put too much of the product on the marble surface, or you could damage it. Less is more. You can always repeat it if you don't get rid of the etches./li>
- Use a white towel to prevent pigments from the material staining or entering the space while you're polishing the stain away.
- Create a paste with the polishing powder, either using a few mists of water or adding a few drops to the powder.
- For safe practices, wear gloves.
- Use a slightly moistened and clean white towel and rub the area until it's dry, but don't apply too much pressure here.
- To get a professional touch, spray a little more water on the area, using the same part of the towel (with residue), rubbing in circles. Use a quick back/forth motion with higher pressure to produce the shiny, dry surface you want.
- Repeat the process as necessary.
- Use a pH-neutral stone-safe marble cleaner at the end to neutralize the polishing powder during removal. Our MB-5 product works well!