Clean White Marble Countertops
Keeping your marble countertop clean is important to maintain its shine. It is also important to seal the stone to prevent stains and to make it more resistant to damage. Fortunately, it is easy to keep your countertops clean. If you don’t have a sealant on your marble, you can apply a marble sealing product to your countertop to protect it.
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Depending on the type of marble that you have, there are many methods for cleaning it. Some stains can be removed by household products, but others may require a special cleaner. For most stains, a mild soap and water can be used. If you are dealing with a stain that has permeated the surface of your stone, then you may need to use a cleaning solution that contains pH-neutral soap. You can also try baking soda, which is a natural stain remover. Whether you choose to use a commercial cleaning solution or a homemade one, you should always test it before using it on your marble.
The first step in cleaning your stone countertop is to remove any debris or dirt that has become caked on. This can be done with a razor or a flat scraper. If you are dealing with a deep smudge, then you can use lacquer thinner to remove the smudge. After the smudge has been removed, you can then use a dry cloth to wipe it away.
For more stubborn stains, you can use a solution of baking soda and water. This is a very effective method for removing most stains. You can also try a solution of 12% hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. The solution should be applied to the stain and allowed to sit for about 12 to 24 hours. It is recommended that you wear rubber gloves for this process.
You can also use hydrogen peroxide to lighten dark marble. This method can also be used to remove organic stains. For organic stains, you can also use a small amount of ammonia. Lastly, you can use mineral spirits to lift out the stains.
You should not clean your marble with abrasive scrubbing pads or acidic cleaning solutions. These materials will dull the marble surface and can even etch it. Using acidic cleaning products can etch the stone, and will therefore leave it dull and unattractive. If you are cleaning your marble with abrasive cleaners, then you should seal the stone to protect it from damage.
If you don’t want to seal your marble, you can clean it with a mild dish detergent. Alternatively, you can mix up a spray bottle filled with warm, soapy water. If the stain is light, you can use a rubbing alcohol spray to remove it. If the stain is oil-based, you can also use a mixture of mineral spirits and acetone to remove it. You can also wipe it off with a damp cloth.
You can use a squeegee to minimize the soap scum that will be left behind. You can also buy premixed commercial poultices from your local stone maintenance supply company. These should be applied as thin as possible. They should be about the thickness of peanut butter.