Interpretation of the prevention and treatment of marble stone rust spots
Mar 05,2021

Interpretation of the prevention and treatment of marble stone rust spots

By Andrew Smith

Marble stone rust spots are mainly formed by oxidation reaction of iron in marble stone. Iron, water, and oxygen are the three major factors that contribute to the formation of rust spots. Generally, we divide rust spots into two categories according to their different levels of reaction:

    (1) Deep rust spots. Many marble stone varieties, especially granite, contain a certain proportion of iron components. When these iron components are in full contact with water and oxygen, they will cause oxidation reactions and generate rust spots. Marble stones that are particularly prone to such rust spots, such as: American white hemp, Shandong white hemp (small flowers), rust stone (slate), etc. In addition, the alkali in the cement reacts with the iron in the marble stone under the action of water, which will also form rust spots.

    (B) Surface rust spots. In the process of mining, processing, transportation, and installation of marble stone, a small amount of iron residues are left after the surface comes into contact with iron objects. These iron residues will oxidize with moisture and oxygen in the air to form rust spots.

Treatment of marble stone rust spots

The treatment method of rust spots is mainly to use rust remover. When carrying out rust removal treatment, the following points should be paid attention to:

    (1) Try to avoid using oxalic acid to directly clean marble stone rust spots, because oxalic acid simply oxidizes and reduces the rust spots (Fe2 +), and the oxidized and reduced iron ions are still unstable, and it is easy to oxidize again with water and oxygen in the air. The reaction regenerates rust, and will further expand the area of ​​rust spots along with the flow of the oxalic acid aqueous solution. This is why when oxalic acid is used to remove rust, the more rust spots will be removed, and the larger the removal.

    (2) When choosing rust remover, be sure to choose good quality products. Because a good rust remover is not only an acid component, but also an appropriate amount of additives to maintain the stability of iron ions in the oxidation-reduction reaction. The rust spots treated with this rust remover can be kept for a long time without recurrence even if they are not protected. On the contrary, some rust removers are just simple mixtures of some acids, which cannot maintain the stability of iron ions in the oxidation-reduction reaction, and the recurrence is high.

    (3) Because the composition of marble and granite are different, their properties are different. The main component of marble is calcium carbonate, which is alkaline; the main component of granite is silica, which is acidic. Therefore, when using rust remover, we must distinguish between marble rust remover and granite rust remover. Granite rust remover must not be used for the treatment of rust spots on marble.

    (4) When dealing with surface rust spots, only need to brush on the surface with rust remover. Sometimes, the surface grinding and polishing method can also be used for treatment; the treatment of deep rust spots is relatively more complicated, and a certain dosage and reaction time need to be maintained. Sometimes it needs to be reused to achieve the desired effect.

    (5) After the marble stone is constructed with rust remover, it is recommended to clean it with clean water again. After drying, be sure to use high-quality marble stone curing agent for protection. The purpose is to completely remove the residue after the oxidation reaction and prevent the oxidation reaction from happening again.

Prevention of marble stone rust spots

The prevention of rust spots is mainly based on the effective control of the three elements of its formation: water, oxygen, and iron. Combined with years of management experience, we summarize the main effective methods for rust spot prevention as follows:

    1. Before the construction of marble stone, it is necessary to use high-quality marble stone curing agent to protect the marble stone from six sides to block the contact between the iron in the marble stone and water.

    2. Try to avoid using high-alkaline cement for the bonding construction of marble stone to reduce the chance that the alkali in the cement reacts with the iron in the marble stone.