How to Clean Marble Surfaces

1>How to Clean Marble Bathrooms, Floors, Tables, Tiles, Countertops and Other Fixtures1>

 

1">You may wonder why there are special techniques used in the care and maintenance of marble. I mean, it&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;s a rock, right? True, but some stones are softer than others.

2">Marble is basically limestone that has combined and metamorphosed with other natural elements, making it a relatively soft rock that&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;s filled with veins of various colors and patterns.

2">Just like limestone, marble is easily etched, stained, and dulled. It&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;s more sensitive to certain foods and chemicals, and is not as impervious or as hard and resistant as granite.

2">Yet marble is very durable, and with proper care, it will last forever.

2">Below you&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;ll find tips and information for the following:

  • Marble Sealers
  • Marble Maintenance
  • Proper Cleaning Solutions
  • How To Do Everyday Cleaning
  • Cleaning Marble Floors
  • Deeper Cleaning
  • Disinfecting
  • How To Clean Up Spills
  • Polishing

2">This may seem like a lot, but after you&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;ve learned a few simple cleaning and maintenance techniques, it becomes almost second nature, just like how you treat wood, cashmere or leather can become routine.

2">Please allow me to preclude the cleaning tips with a few care tips for new marble, because you should follow them before you clean new marble.

2">1. Marble Sealers

2">Immediately after your marble is installed, or after a thorough cleaning and ample drying time for older marble installations, you will sometimes want to apply a sealer to your marble for added protection.

2">Applying a sealant is pretty easy, and the cost and time involved is minimal when considering how proper marble care helps you avoid damage and expensive marble repair, as well as how it keeps your marble floors and countertops looking gorgeous for years on end.

2">How a Sealer Works &#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">543.89 degrees Celsius">8211; The sealing products you see used in the stone mason industry are actually ‘impregnators,” not sealers. They act more as a repellent. So don&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t think a sealer will prevent all stain and damage to your marble. However, an impregnating sealer is often recommended, as it will greatly reduce marble stains from spills that are wiped up immediately.

2">Sealers Do Not Totally Prevent Scratches or Stains. Sealing does not make the stone stain proof, rather it makes the stone more stain resistant.

2">Sealing will not prevent scratches or etching (chemical etching often occurs due to acidic substances, such as household cleaners and acidic foods).

2">Choose the Proper Sealer &#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">543.89 degrees Celsius">8211; Use a high quality sealer made specifically for stone or marble. There are many out there, and it might be hard to know which ones will do the best job at penetrating the stone or which lasts the longest. We personally recommend sealers like SenGuard or Stone Care to help protect your marble.

2">For kitchen counters, be sure your sealer is non-toxic and safe for use in food preparation areas.

2">2. Marble Maintenance 

2">Efflorescence &#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">543.89 degrees Celsius">8211; For I newly installed marble, you might see a white powder that appear on the surface. This is normal, and harmless. It&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;s just mineral salt deposits brought up through the stone as the water in the stone evaporates.

2">You can vacuum or dust mop the powder, but don&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t use water to remove the powder, as that will the stone longer to dry out and finish evaporating its own moisture.

2">You may have to do this many times until the stone permanently dries out, but if the efflorescence problem persists for more than two months, contact the installer to determine if there isn&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t something else causing the moisture.

2">Protect Marble From Scratches. No sharp objects. Don’t scoot or set sharp-edged objects directly on marble.

1">Use coasters, trivets and mats. Use coasters for glasses, trivets or placemats for plates, and mats for appliances on marble countertops. This not only prevents scratches, but prevents damage from heat, or etching caused by spills of acidic drinks such as orange juice or alcohol. To keep it simple, just treat your marble like nice wood, and use coasters.

1">Use padding. Use padding under table legs and chairs. No heavy objects on thin marble. Don&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t stand or sit on your marble countertops or tables. Too much weight can cause a crack on thinner marbles, like that used for countertops.

1">Use vanity trays. Place toiletries such as hand soaps, toothpaste, lotions, perfumes, etc., on a decorative bathroom vanity tray. This protect from scratches, as well as etching caused by chemicals in hygiene products, and may even prevent stains from those products, as well. Such a bathroom vanity tray will not only protect your marble bathroom sink counter area, but you&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;ll feel like you&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;re in a fancy hotel with posh decor.

1">Use floor mats, area rugs and hallway runners near every entrance, as well as any high traffic area where you have marble tile floors. This helps minimize scratches from dirt, sand and grit. Of course, make sure your rugs are slip-resistant.

1">3. Proper Cleaning Solutions

2">Many common household cleaners contain alkalis, acids, and chemicals that can damage or etch your countertop surface, as well as thin and dissolve the sealant, which leaves your marble vulnerable to damage from stains.

2">Cleaning marble with your typical brand name or generic household cleaners, and even natural cleaners, is the most common cause of marble damage.

2">Don&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t use ammonia, vinegar, orange or lemon for cleaning. Although vinegar is a good cleaning agent and disinfectant for many surfaces, it is acidic, as are the other items mentioned, and they can cause corrosive etching on your marble.

2">And definitely don&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t use the average bathroom, grout cleaner, or tub and tile type cleaners. These often use abrasives that can dull and even scratch the surface of your marble.

2">Many rust removers that are commercially available, such as toilet bowl cleaners and laundry rust stain removers, contain trace amounts of hydrofluoric acid (HF). The silicates and other minerals in your marble will be attacked by the HF acid and deteriorate them.

2">So What Do You Use To Clean Marble?

2">I&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;ve heard it said that you simply use hot water and a sponge for daily cleaning, and once a week use a stone cleaner. However, that seems to me like it applies just to floors or areas that don&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t need to be sterile. Some disinfecting tips are listed below.

  • Whatever you do, only use cleaning products specifically formulated for cleaning marble and you will save yourself the headache and hassle of costly and time-consuming re-polishing or repairs.
  • There are many marble cleaning products on the market, but four brands that have proven to be better than most are Marble Life, SCI, Miracle and Stone Tech). They all offer great quality and value.

1">15.56 degrees Celsius">4. How To Do Everyday Cleaning

2">Whatever cleaner you use, make sure you use it with a sponge, soft cloth, chamois, or dust mop. Don’t scrub because you will spread bits of dirt and sand around, which could scratch the marble.

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1">Run the damp sponge or cloth gently over the surface while making a circular motion in any spots that might need a extra pressure. Thoroughly rinse the surface after washing, and be sure to change the rinse water frequently when cleaning larger or extra-dirty surfaces.

1">Don’t leave either pools of water or even a slight layer of moisture to dry on the marble to prevent stains and scum build-up. Use a soft, dry cloth to dry all the marble surfaces after you&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;ve cleaned them. Then buff it with a second dry cloth for a nice shine. (See below for more polishing tips.)

1">15 degrees Celsius">5. Cleaning Marble Floors

2">Dust mop floors made with marble tile on a regular basis. Unless you plan to eat off your floor, the only cleaners you need to use to clean your marble regularly are hot water for daily cleaning and a specially formulated stone cleaner once a week.

2">Use a non-treated, dry, clean, dust-mop. Be extra careful if you use a vacuum cleaner because grit jammed in the wheels or ragged, worn parts can scratch the surface. So be sure the wheels are not rough, and that the plastic or metal attachments or in good shape, preferably with soft bristles that are not worn.

1">6. Deeper Cleaning

2">You can get a deeper cleaning with a light, natural soap, or take some gentle dish soap and dilute it yourself, as the suds help remove dirt particles trapped in the marble pores.

2">Similar to any item cleaned in your home, an excessive concentration of cleaner or soap may leave a film and cause streaks, so use it sparingly and buff it with a soft cloth afterwards for a beautiful shine.

2">Tip: Minimize soap scum in commonly wet areas, such as the bathroom, by using a squeegee after each use. You can also look for a non-acidic soap scum remover specifically designed for marble.

2">Of course, we want to disinfect surfaces in the bathroom, kitchen I and other areas, and areas such as hot tubs and pools sometimes attract algae, moss and mold. So go ahead and flush the area with plain water and use a mild bleach solution to thoroughly sterilize an area.

1">7. Disinfecting

1">There are commercial cleaners available that are specifically made for marble, that will disinfect and won&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t harm your marble. But if you&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;re in a pinch and need to disinfect something right away, there are common household items you can use.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide &#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">543.89 degrees Celsius">8211; Mold is common in bathroom tile grout and can be a serious health concern. To get rid of the mold, mix one part 3% hydrogen peroxide with two parts water and spray on the effected areas. Wait an hour before rinsing or showering. It does act like a bleach in that it will lighten darker marbles (and can bleach your clothes, or hair, etc.) so it&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;s best for lighter color marble surfaces.
  • Vinegar or Ammonia &#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">543.89 degrees Celsius">8211; Bleach is not the only solution. I know I mentioned how ammonia and vinegar should be avoided because they can hurt your marble. But if you need to disinfect your marble and can&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t wait to find a better cleaner, then you can use ammonia OR vinegar on occasion. Just don&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t get in the habit of it, as it really will dull and etch your marble. But as long as you use a low concentration, rinse well with plain water, buff it well afterwards, and use a polish, and don&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t use it too often, then it shouldn&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;t harm your marble. DANGER: do not EVER mix bleach with vinegar, or ammonia and bleach, or ammonia and vinegar, etc. Use each one separately. Mixing any of them together causes harmful gases that will damage your lungs and the lungs of those around you.
  • Bleach &#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">543.89 degrees Celsius">8211; Bleach is toxic and should be a last resort. Also, bleach can lighten darker marbles, but it is an effective disinfectant for lighter marbles if used properly. To kill common bacteria and regular disinfecting of food related surfaces, use unscented, regular 15 degrees Celsius">5% to 6% household bleach, as recommended by The Center for Disease Control (CDC, an American government regulatory agency) at a ratio of 1 tsp bleach per gallon of water. For common disinfecting of all other surfaces, use 1 Cup of bleach per 18.93 litres">15 degrees Celsius">5 gallons of water. And to kill mold and mildew that has already gotten a foothold, use 1 Cup of bleach per one (1) gallon of water.

1">8. How To Clean Up Spills

1">Marble can become stained or etched quickly if a liquid or even dry powders sit on it for even a short period of time. Especially clean up wet spills like coffee, any type of black tea, orange juice, and wine immediately after they are spilled.

2">Dry spills are serious, too. Materials with staining pigments, such as curry, cumin, coffee grounds, and even leafy greens, should be gently vacuumed or swept up right away when they&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;re spilled on any marble surface.

2">How to Clean Up a Spill &#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">543.89 degrees Celsius">8211; Blot. Flush. Dab. Repeat. Blot up spills with a paper towel immediately. Don’t rub as you wipe the area, or it it will push the spilled substance into the pores of the marble as well as spread the spill. Flush the area with mild soap or cleaner of your choice, or even just plain water, and rinse several times. Thoroughly dry the area with a soft cloth. Repeat as necessary.

1">8. Polishing

1">After each cleaning, after you&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;ve dried the marble, give it a quick buff with a soft cloth. This helps remove cleaning solution residues and gives your marble a shiny glow. There are also commercial marble polishes available. Just make sure it&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;s intended specifically for marble. Not all stone is the same, so it&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;s best to avoid cleaners made for granite or even for cleaning ”stone” in general.

2">Stone PLUS Cleaner has received rave reviews for its effectiveness on marble.

2">A spray surface dressing, such as Dazzle Topical Polish Shine Enhancer, will improve the shine and give your marble a little more protection.

2">Polishing a marble floor can make a very slippery surface when wet, so take precaution when other people may walk on those floors shortly after you&#15.56 degrees Celsius">415 degrees Celsius">547.22 degrees Celsius">8217;ve polished them.

2">Marble is so gorgeous, with luxurious beauty, that it is well worth the time it takes to learn and apply these few marble care tips.

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How to Clean TOMS Shoes

1>How to Clean TOMS shoes:1>

There are a couple of ways to wash your TOMS which will keep them looking their best: handwashing or machine washing. Firstly, brush off all the dried on dirt from the shoes.

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  • Handwashing – Soak the shoes in cold water and a small squirt of mild liquid dish soap. Using a small, soft bristle brush, gently brush the shoe material in a scrubbing motion. If your TOMS are the sparkly ones, be very careful to use the brush in the same direction as the sequins lay.
  • Machine washing – Use the most gentle cycle on your washing machine. Select cold water and use a small amount of gentle detergent. When the water level is high enough to fully cover the shoes, add the shoes.

It is best not to put your TOMS in the dryer. The dryer can tear the fabric. The most recommended way to dry them is to air dry. You can stuff a fabric softener sheet in each shoe while they dry. This will help to alleviate shoe odors. Some people use baking soda in a sachet to deodorize the shoes, however, do not pour baking soda directly into your TOMS as this can dry out the insole.

And that is how to clean TOMS shoes!

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How to get rid of dishwasher odor

1>How to Get Rid of Dishwasher Odor1>

Dishwasher odor can be really disgusting. Here’s how to get rid of dishwasher odor:

In the bottom of your dishwasher, sprinkle some borax and leave it overnight. The next day, wipe down the inside of the dishwasher, door, and all other surfaces using a damp sponge or cloth. No need to rinse the surfaces, just do the next load of dishes.

And that’s how to get rid of dishwasher odor!

After carpet cleaning

1>There are some steps to follow after carpet cleaning.1>

After carpet cleaning, follow these suggestions:

  • set up fans to blow across the carpets to help speed up the drying process

  • be sure you have windows open or you’ve turned on your heat (furnace) or air conditioner
  • do not move any furniture back onto the carpet until it is completely dry
  • put a small piece of plastic under furniture feet on chairs, tables couches etc if the furniture has any metal under the feet. If the metal gets wet, it can rust and leave a rust spot on the carpet.
  • do not walk on the carpet with dirty shoes or feet. It is a good idea to wash the bottoms of any indoor shoes that you are going to walk on the carpet with.
  • do not put towels, newspapers, sheets etc. on the carpet
  • be careful on hard floors like linoleum because they will be slippery
  • after the carpet is completely dry, vacuum.

After carpet cleaning, follow these simple steps to ensure proper drying and to get the best carpet cleaning results possible.

Preparing for carpet cleaning

Before carpet cleaning, whether you are doing it yourself or if you’ve hired a carpet cleaning company, there are a few steps to get the area prepared:

  • pick up all area rugs and mats
  • remove items from under beds and from inside closets, if the carpets are being cleaned in there
  • pick up all small items off the carpet
  • remove all small items that are on furniture that will be moved
  • move all light furniture from the room
  • open windows for cross ventilation and have fans ready to set up
  • if you are not able to open lots of windows, turn on your heat (furnace) or air conditioner

iPad Screen Cleaning

To clean your iPad screen, all you need is a clean, soft,  lint-free cloth, slightly dampened with water. Do not use any chemicals – no window cleaner, no general purpose cleaners, no aerosols, no solvents, no alcohol, no ammonia and no abrasive cleansers. Just water. The iPad screen has a special coating on it which repels the oil left there by your fingertips. Over time, this ability to repel oil diminishes and you will find that you cannot clean the fingerprint marks off your iPad screen as well. If you use any cleaning chemicals on the screen, you can further reduce the screen’s repelling abilities.

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Completely turn off your iPad. Gently wipe the iPad screen to remove fingerprints.  Avoid getting any moisture into any openings on your iPad.

Keeping your iPad in a case will limit the possibilities of the screen getting damaged or scratched. Also, try not to eat or drink near your iPad to avoid spills on your device which may get into the openings and damage your iPad.

 

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Keeping your makeup brushes clean will ensure they have a longer lifespan, saving you money in frequent replacement costs. Over time, makeup brushes accumulate dirt and debris, old makeup, oils, bacteria and dead skin cells. Yuck. In addition to being dirty, makeup brushes become scratchy when they are not clean which can irritate your skin.

The frequency of cleaning your brushes will depend how much you use them. You likely should be cleaning your makeup brushes a minimum of once a week. Having extra makeup brushes will allow you to rotate them into use, always having a clean one available.

Here are the steps to cleaning your makeup brushes:

1. Wet the makeup brush hairs under lukewarm running water, being careful to always tilt the brush downward so the water doesn’t run up into the handle, potentially loosening the glue that holds the makeup brush hairs in place.

2. Squirt a very small amount of mild baby shampoo onto your fingers. Mild foaming face wash works well also. (There are specialized cleaning solutions that are marketed as makeup brush cleaners. It is not necessary to use one of these solutions to clean your makeup brushes.) Gently massage the shampoo or soap into the hairs of the makeup brush. Rinse under lukewarm running water, again being careful to tilt the brush downward to avoid water getting in contact with the glue which holds the hairs in place. Keep rinsing until all the shampoo or soap is gone and the water is running clean.

3. Gently squeeze the makeup brush hairs using a clean paper towel or clean towel. Once most of the water has been absorbed, lay the brush on its side on a clean towel to air dry. Reshape the hairs in order to prevent splaying. The drying time will depend on the type and size of makeup brush. Be sure that the brush is completely dry before using it, otherwise makeup will stick to it and you’ll have to clean the makeup brush again before you can use it!

 

 

 

 

How to Clean Silver Using Toothpaste

Toothpaste can be a very effective cleaner for silver. The baking soda in toothpaste is what does the job. First, choose the right toothpaste. Do not choose gel toothpastes or toothpastes with tartar control or whitening powers. These toothpastes may contain chemicals which could damage the silver.

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Wet the silver and dab a small amount of toothpaste on the area you are going to clean. (You may wish to test a small area first so as to see if you should be using toothpaste to clean your silver item.) Use a clean damp cloth and rub the toothpaste around on the silver. Keep rubbing gently until the silver is polished. Rinse the silver with water. As your cloth gets dirty, fold over to get clean areas. Once the silver is all rinsed, dry with a soft clean cloth. Repeat these steps on all the silver you wish to clean. On silver with intricate designs or grooves, you can use a soft toothbrush to work the toothpaste foam into the hard-to-reach areas.

 

 

 

Hard water and soap scum

Hard water and soap scum can be kept at bay by using a sponge or towel soaked with lemon juice.  The acidic lemon juice breaks down the dingy grey build up of soap scum/hard water stains.  For build up you can use a commercial product designed for hard water stain removal, it will be a more aggressive acidic cleaner. Or a home remedy is to use cream of tarter and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste allow to dry and buff and rinse clean.

Potassium bitartrate (cream of tarter) can be mixed with an acidic liquid such as lemon juice or white vinegar to make a paste-like cleaning agent for metals such as brass, aluminum or copper, or with water for other cleaning applications such as removing light stains from porcelain.

The much easier solution is to clean the hard water/soap scum frequently so you don’t have a big tough job of scrubbing.