Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Imperial Danby, meet Barkeeper's Friend

This morning, I scoured my kitchen sink with Barkeeper's Friend. On a whim, I sprinkled some Barkeeper's Friend on my Danby sample and scrubbed. No change. I made paste with Barkeeper's Friend and water and left it on the red wine stain for about thirty minutes. This is what happened.

Don't see anything? Yep. That's the point. Pretty impressive, isn't it? Here's the before. The red wine stain is clearly visible.

Conclusion? Imperial Danby is good stuff. Because Danby marble is denser than the average marble, stains don't penetrate deeply. So they're quite easy to get out. Our fabricator said that highly acidic material etches the sealer away. So our sample was essentially not sealed during the second stain/etch test. Pretty impressive.

Marble of any sort will etch. So it isn't the material for someone who wants her countertop to look pristine and brand new. However, if you accept the level of etching that my tests and photos show, Danby marble will make a wonderful countertop. Natural and classic. Easy to get stains out. Beautiful.


  1. Stain Rx is the best stain remover out there. I have been using it on red wine stains since 1969. Just touch it to red wine, iodine, berries (INCLUDING POMEGRANATE), fruit punch, cranberry juice, and the stains disappear in a second. Stains such as mascara, lipstick, blood, balsamic vinegar, vanilla extract and others come out with a little massaging and rinsing. Soak your diamond, gold and platinum jewelry in it for 20 minutes to overnight, you won’t believe it!
    By the way, the University of California – Davis did a study on red wine stain removal and the #1, ready to use winner was Stain Rx (a.k.a. Erado-Sol). It killed Wine Away which is available everywhere. Go to to see what else it does.

  2. So..did you end up getting the Danby Imperial marble countertops for your kitchen?

  3. I did one counter of honed Mountain White Danby marble. I found a slab at a fantastic price. Although it lacks the caramel streaks of the Imperial, it works really well in my kitchen. My kitchen has only been up and running for a couple of days, but so far, so good.


  4. Hi, I've been following these posts with interest, and have fallen in love with a slab of Impersial Danby for my island. Any updates after 3-4 months? Still happy with your Danby and barkeeper's friend ?

  5. Adel, I absolutely love my Danby counter. I cut scones on them. I make all sorts of messy foods. I sometimes leave drips for hours. I've had zero staining and little etching. No dings. No scratches. Definitely seal with a very good sealer (and you have to reseal every once in awhile). Marble will not look absolutely brand new after use. If you can live with a little etching, I'd highly recommend Danby. Good luck!

  6. I'm a bit late coming to this blog, but been searching the web & GW site for pics of Mountain White Danby counter top. I cannot find one until I ran across your blog. I have both Imperial & Mt. White held (along with a quartzite, Cristallo) held for me and must decide. I could not get a sample of our exact Mt. White, but I'm worried the veining could be a very dark green, which I cannot use. The Imperial was to die for, muted soft colors, but much higher in price. I will beg & plead (and pay the difference myself) for Imperial, but want to make sure its worth the difference. Lighting inside warehouse was not the best, so I may ask them to take the slabs outside, if they will. Do you have a flickr account or pics posted anywhere else on this site? I have scoured GW reading till my eyes are buggy. Now I have to decide. I appreciate your help in any way. I know it depends on the particular slab as to the color, just wondering your opinion. Thanks so much!


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