Marble is a difficult material to work with, but there are some rules that make it shine like it was originally.
Stone surfaces in the kitchen are prone to yellowing when preparing food. The stone surface in the washbasin is also very susceptible to stains from brushing teeth and makeup.
According to Ella Jade, co-founder of a homewares brand in the US, the frequency of marble cleaning varies according to how often the area is used. In places that are rarely used, they should be cleaned regularly with a soft cloth to maintain shine. More frequently used areas, such as on a kitchen island, need to be cleaned after each use, even as soon as something is spilled.
Four ways to clean stone surfaces.
1. Use microfiber cloth
Just use warm water and a damp microfiber cloth and wipe clean. Continue to dry again with another microfiber cloth to make sure no smudges are left.
For a brighter shine, mix a mixture of dishwashing liquid and hot water, wipe it with a damp cloth once, and then dry. This will keep the marble fresh. You can also purchase cleaning products specifically for this type of cooktop.
2. Baking soda for polishing
Baking soda is a great tip for cleaning stone surfaces, just be careful not to overdo it. The reason, marble can react with alkalis in baking soda.
However, with the effect that baking soda brings, it is worth the adventure. The advice is to just sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the stone surface, gently rub it with a soft towel. Then, wipe the area with water, before drying it carefully. Water is essential to help neutralize the pH after contact with alkali, ensuring that baking soda residue does not settle or affect the stone surface.
3. Use cornstarch for stains
If you spot a stain or grease stain on your marble countertop, don’t panic, cornstarch can be easily handled.
Wet the stain, apply a thick layer of cornstarch, leave for 20-30 minutes. Then wipe the surface clean and remove all residue with a damp cloth. This method not only cleans stains but also changes a new layer of clothing for the stone surface.
4. Use hydrogen peroxide for difficult stains
If you are concerned about discoloration caused by food or drink, hydrogen peroxide can help. Simply apply a few drops to the dirty area, cover with cling film, and leave overnight for 8-10 hours. Then remove the cover film, rinse with water. Dry and repeat the process if the stain remains. This method is suitable for light colored stones.
Things not to do with marble:
– Do not use highly acidic or alkaline products as this may lead to corrosion, staining and discoloration. This includes any solution that contains orange, tangerine or vinegar juice, as they are acidic.
Normally white vinegar is an effective cleaning agent, but should never be used on marble, as the acid in the vinegar can react with the stone, causing a matte finish. Over time, the acid eats into the marble and causes permanent damage.
You also need to avoid using cleaning products or solutions that contain bleach.
– At the same time also avoid brushes, pot brushes to not cause scratches to the stone surface.
Bao Nhien (Follow Womanandhome)