Marble is a unique and beautiful building material, and when incorporated into kitchens and bathroom countertops, it can add a particular charm. If marble countertops are properly maintained, they will continue to look charming for the life of the home.
Tips for Cleaning Marble 1. In case anything spills on a marble surface, wipe it with a damp cloth almost immediately. The more you let the spill sit, the more stubborn will the resultant stain be.
While wiping marble, always make use of a damp rag. Thereafter, buff- dry it, using a chamois cloth.
For removing stubborn stains from marble surface, make use of neutral, non-abrasive cleaners, like acetone, hydrogen peroxide & clear ammonia.
Mix liquid dishwashing detergent with some warm water. Take a sponge, dip it in the solution and use it to clean your marble. Thereafter, buff-dry it with a chamois cloth.
In case your marble has become dull, you can brighten it once again by using a commercial marble cleaner and polish.
- For removing rust stains from marble, a commercial rust stain remover is the best. However, do not let it sit on the marble for too long.
- In case of organic stains like tea, coffee or soft drink, use a poultice soaked with 20 percent peroxide and a few drops of ammonia.
- If oil stains on marble are bothering you, dust the area with an absorbent fine powder, like whiting or corn starch and let it stand for 24 hours. Thereafter, wipe with ammonia-dampened cloth, rinse and wipe-dry.
- You can also try grapefruit, by cutting it into half and then dipping it into salt, to remove stains. Rub it with the grain and wipe it out with a damp cloth. Pat the marble dry, for a shining surface.
- After cleaning marble, polish it with marble polish containing tin-oxide. In case of marble floors, you can also use a stone sealer.
Protect your marble to save yourself a lot of trouble. Use those coasters you got from Aunt Hilda, even if they're ugly. Be careful not to place anything hot on your marble countertops, and use ceramic or stone containers instead of metal to avoid rust stains. If you have marble in your bathroom, put felt under a tray for your cosmetics, perfumes, hairspray, aftershave, etc. For marble flooring, place rugs in high-traffic areas and remove your shoes at the door, and use pads under your furniture. Oh, and save the standing, sitting and dancing around like a maniac for your marble floors - not your countertops.
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