Marble Stain Removal Solutions
Follow these tips on marble stain removal and cleaning to get rid of those spots and keep your marble dirt free.
Here’s a stone-cold fact to keep in mind when cleaning marble: although marble is a heavy stone that may seem indestructible, it is actually porous and far more impervious to harsh treatment.
In general, clean marble with a gentle liquid soap that does not have a grease remover. The safest course is to take it easy. Mix about 2 tablespoons of mild liquid soap in 1.75 liters of water. Using a soft sponge, or a sponge mop if you’re cleaning a marble floor, wipe the marble clean. Follow with two to three water rinses, depending on how soapy the water mixture is. Then dry with a soft cloth.
Clean marble floors regularly, before dirt and grit have a chance to scratch the surface. Wipe up spills immediately. As with a wood surface, avoid putting beverage glasses directly on marble, which can cause water rings. Water should bead on the marble. If the marble appears to be absorbing liquid, it’s not sealed properly.
Reseal your marble floor annually a least – it’s as easy as waxing a floor. Buy a stone sealer in a home improvement store. Take a sponge, sponge mop or rag and cover the entire marble surface, including corners and the backsplash. There’s no need to strip the floor before you seal.
Watch out: Never use lemon, vinegar or any other acidic ingredient on marble. Acids will eat through the protective finish and damage the stone. Avoid ammonia as well. Abrasive cleaners should not be used either, since the grit can scratch and dull the marble finish.
For marble stain removal on surface spots, use a marble polishing powder, such as tin oxide, which is available from marble dealers. Follow the product’s directions to the letter. If the marble item you’re cleaning is stained but not of great value, you can try cleaning marble stains with a thick paste made of bicarbonate of soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain. Cover the paste with a sheet of plastic to keep the paste damp and let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping it off. Rinse with warm water and dry. If the first application doesn’t fully clean marble stains, repeat the procedure. If stains still remain, it’s time to call a professional marble restorer.
Have you reached marble stain removal success? I hope so!
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