Do you have marble countertops? If so, you may already know that you should not treat them like any other ordinary countertops. In order to keep them clean and prevent them from looking dull, you should avoid allowing certain chemicals and even certain foods to come in contract with them. Here is a simple method that you can use to clean your marble countertops and keep them looking like new.
You will need the following:
- Mild liquid soap such as shampoo or dish detergent (or a specially made stone cleanser)
- Baking soda
- Silicone sealer or appliance wax
- Marble polish
- A few soft cloths
Use only gentle cleaning supplies and soft materials on your counters in order to preserve them well.
Cleaning supplies you should NOT use on marble countertops include:
- Lemon or orange cleansers
- Grout cleansers
- Any average kitchen or bathroom cleaner
- Abrasive scouring pads or scrubbers
Generally speaking, do not allow anything acidic or abrasive (including foods or personal items) to settle on your counter if you want them to keep looking great.
Directions for a General Cleaning
Take some warm water with a small amount of soap. Wet the counter surface and wipe clean with a soft cloth. You may need to repeat this step once to clean the surface well. Once they have been cleaned to your liking, rinse and ring out your soft cloth with warm water. Use this same cloth to rinse the soapy residue from the counter surface. Make sure that all of the soap is removed; otherwise it can dull the appearance or make the surface sticky.Use a separate soft cloth to thoroughly dry the counter. Make sure that all of the moisture is absorbed in order to prevent hard water stains and keep the counter smooth.
Directions for a Deeper Cleaning
Create a solution using warm water and baking soda. You should add about ¾ tablespoon of baking soda to every cup of water. The number of cups you use will depend on how large your marble countertops are.
Dip your soft cloth into the baking soda and water. Wring out the excess fluid and firmly wipe over any spots and stains on the counter using a circular motion. If a particular stain is difficult or it contains hardened food, add solution to the area and allow it to soak. Repeat the circular scrubbing motion after a few minutes.
Shining Your Marble Countertops
Silicone sealer or wax that is made for appliances both work well in repairing scratches. Simply apply a small amount to the visible scratches to fill them in. Remove the excess and allow it to dry. You can then move on the shining.To shine your marble countertops, you can simply follow the specific instructions found on the bottle of marble polish that you have purchased. It is best to read these directions carefully to make sure that you get the best results.If you follow these instructions, you will have beautiful counters for a very long time.