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4 Ways To Clean Cultured Marble



Remove mild buildup and stains with a soft rag and white vinegar. Ensure safe cleaning by avoiding harsh chemicals and abrasives. Run a clean, damp cloth over the surface of the cultured marble to slightly wet it. If the surface already has lingering water, such as from a shower, you don’t need to add more.

You can spray the soap or cleaner directly onto your cultured marble, or you can dampen a clean towel and wipe it over the surface. It’s the safest option for cleaning your cultured marble without damaging the glaze or scratching the surface. Make circular movements as you wipe away the soap or cleaner. These cleaners can also cause chemical scuffs and scratches on your cultured marble. Either pour vinegar onto your rag in a sink or dunk your rag in vinegar in a bucket. Too much white vinegar can cause this liquid to spread to areas of the marble that are already clean.

Vinegar is a great option for removing hard water stains or built up soap scum. Place the vinegar dampened rag over the buildup or stain on your cultured marble. Allow the rag to remain on top of the buildup or stain for several hours. Select a cleaning agent that is intended for marble or similar stone. Pour it on the cleaned portion of your marble and wipe up excess liquid and remaining dirtiness with a clean, soft, dry rag. Polish the marble with a suitable polishing agent, such as countertop wax, and a soft rag or polishing cloth to restore its luster. Position the rag so its peroxide dampened parts directly touch and cover the stain. Less serious stains may only need 15 minutes to a half hour of time before the stain can be wiped away. If, at a glance, you can tell the stain you are working on will require heavy-duty techniques, you may want to skip the peroxide treatment and move straight to mixing a heavy-duty cleaning solution. Use a clean, dry, soft cloth to wipe up standing water and any dirtiness.

Agitate the mixture with a kitchen implement, like a spoon, until the ingredients are consistently blended. As an alternative to heavy-duty cleaners, you can use paint-thinner or denatured alcohol to remove the stain. Although this cleaning solution is made with household products, it can be harsh on your skin.

Wring out excess solution over the sink, then lay the saturated rag on the stains. Wipe up water remaining on your marble and any dirtiness with a clean, dry, soft rag. Check the label of all cleaners to ensure they are suitable for marble. The surfaces cleaners are intended for should be clearly marked on the label. Choose an out of sight location on the marble, like under a stationary appliance, and use a small amount of cleaner on the marble. To remove spots like this, the marble will have to be buffed and refinished. Use a clean, damp cloth to apply the solution to the counter.

Mineral deposits and soap scum can build up on your marble, negatively impacting its appearance. Eliminate difficult stains with hydrogen peroxide or a special, heavy-duty cleaning solution. This helps you avoid damaging the glaze that gives it its shine when you apply the soap or cleaner.

If necessary, apply more soap or cleaner to the cultured marble. Use a soft cloth to avoid scratching or damaging the surface. If your cloth is very wet, switch to a clean, dry cloth to remove the remaining cleanser. Harsh chemicals can damage the glaze on your cultured marble, making it appear dull. Your rag should be wet through with white vinegar, but excess vinegar should not drip or seep from the rag. Although this can be wiped away easily, wringing out your rag after wetting it can prevent extra work. Make sure the rag is flat against the stain and the wet parts of the rag touch it.

With especially light buildup or stains, you may be able to wipe these away in one swipe with your vinegar dampened rag. Remove the vinegar dampened rag from the afflicted area of your marble. Hot water in some cases can cause stains to stick to surfaces more stubbornly. This product should not have abrasives, which can scratch or compromise the finish of your marble. Generally, by allowing your cleaning product more time to work on the stain, the results will be better.

Check less serious stains at regular intervals for this reason.

Heavy-duty stains may remain after cleaning the surface with peroxide, in which case you’ll need to mix a heavy-duty cleaning solution. However, always test these cleaners in an inconspicuous place on your cultured marble first, as they may damage the surface. Wear gloves when using this solution to prevent dry skin and irritation. Wait roughly 10 minutes for the stain fighting action of the solution to go to work, then wipe away remaining liquid with a clean, dry, soft rag.

However, soaking your marble too long in this solution may be harmful to its finish. Rinse the cleaned area with cold water in the same fashion as previously described. Even if the label says a cleaning product is suited for marble, it’s always a good idea to test the cleaner first. If the finish or color is affected by the cleaner after it dries, refrain from using the cleaner. Although bleach is a generally accepted cleaning agent for marble, it’s relatively harsh. If you’ve cleaned a spot time and again with various cleaners, it’s likely the stain you are attempting to clean is engrained in the marble. For the best results, this should only be attempted by a professional. Then, press paper towels over the area you’re trying to treat. If they don’t, cover the towel with plastic wrap to keep the paper towels stuck to the spot you’re treating.

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It’s great at lifting stains, freshening laundry, cleaning windows and much more.



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That’s why we’ve identified all the places you should — and shouldn’t — be using this around the house. But vinegar is also acidic, which means it can majorly damage some materials.

Mix 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water and dispense it with a spray bottle.

This will help remove detergent residue and minerals that are making them feel scratchy. Use a clean white cloth or sponge to apply a little bit at a time, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar and dispense in a spray bottle. Just like when you poach an egg, the acidity can cause it to coagulate, making the egg more difficult to remove.

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Because marble is the by-product of limestone, it’s an absorbent material by nature. Topical sealers, unlike penetrating sealers do not permit the marble to breathe and will actually cause the marble surface to be more susceptible scratching. Here are some important considerations when taking your marble maintenance head-on. Do use a mold and mildew stain remover, if needed, specially formulated for natural stone like marble. Do not use bleach, or ammonia products on natural marble because this will dull the surface of the marble over time.

Having made a sizable investment in this beautiful natural stone, you’re clearly savvy enough to seek out the appropriate steps to ensure its luster and preserve its beauty. Here are some of the facts about marble care, also covered in countertop and marble floor care, to head you in the right direction. To extend the life of natural marble installed in a bath or shower, the stone surface should be sealed with a mold and mildew inhibitor or penetrating sealer. There is a difference, however, between a penetrating sealer and a topical sealer.

Do use a soft nylon bristled brush or a sponge for superficial stains and regular cleaning as alternatives to a damp cloth. These contain bleaches, harsh chemicals and abrasives not suited to marble’s delicate surface.

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You can protect the splendor of your product and ensure a long life of trouble-free service by observing a few simple procedures. This produces a shinier surface and makes future cleaning easier. With a minimum of care, you will have many happy years to enjoy its beauty.

Minor surface scratches can be buffed out with polishing compound. Certain chemicals can seriously damage your product, even during brief periods of contact.

Our care and high standards culminate in the durable beauty of our cultured marble. After cleaning, wax your marble surface with a non-abrasive wax. Many problems and stains can be avoided by attention to proper use of your product. Hair dye and shoe polish can be removed by using polishing compound. A professional cultured marble repairman in your area should repair deeper scratches and more major problems.

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For this, you can use a mild dish detergent and a soft cloth.

Method does a great job at cleaning and disinfecting granite countertops, but it does tend to have a slight scent of chemicals.

It is the strongest smelling of the products on this list – a potent scent of lavender will overwhelm you – but the cleaning will astound you. On the upside, there are no chemical smells, and the list of ingredients is fairly easy to read, allowing you to know exactly what you are putting on your countertops. However, it is a very effective cleaning product, dries with zero streaks, and enhances the shine and color of your granite countertops. You also want to avoid lemons or other citrus fruits.



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It may seem like that leaves you with very few options for cleaning with a homemade natural cleaner. You are left with water and dish soap, which was already recommended. If you want, you can add a few drops of an essential oil to make it smell amazing. Take the time to mix up your own cleaner before you spend too much money on a product you are unsure will work the way you want it to. As many homeowners know, granite is resistant to heat, staining, and bacterial growth. These characterist ics add to the beauty of the stone and will make your tops unique from any other.

However, it is always recommended that you clean spills immediately to help maintain the integrity of the granite countertop and the sealant. Daily cleaning and disinfecting of your granite countertops does require use of special products. The fine mist sprayer reaches a large area, putting down a small, yet widespread amount of cleaner, keeping you from using the entire bottle too fast. They are great for removing bacteria from your countertops, but are not so harsh that they destroy the sealant or granite durability and luxuriousness. Because it is specifically formulated for granite countertops there are no harmful acidic ingredients that will damage your countertops.

It is true that they smell good and serve as a disinfectant, but the can cause etching on the countertop, much like vinegar, which damages the countertop. However, as many of you know, water and dish soap can leave streaks, which dulls the luster of granite countertops. Combine ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol with 3 drops of dishwashing liquid and water. When it all comes down to it, choosing a granite countertop cleaner results in your getting a product that you feel performs well and fits within your budget. Choosing a product that is not made for granite could wear down the sealant, causing you more money in the long run, as you will have to pay to have your granite countertops resealed more often than necessary.

It is important for the granite countertops to be sealed during installation, and from there little maintenance will be required.

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To keep your stone looking clean, you’ll need to use natural cleaning products specific for natural stone, set up daily cleaning and maintenance routines, and take precautions to care for and protect your surfaces. It also contains castile soap, which is a gentle product made from vegetable oil. This solution works best for marble, limestone, travertine and onyx. Place the cloth in the mixing bowl with the solution allowing them to absorb the liquid. Then, pour water in – just the amount to make a smooth paste by shaking container or stirring ingredients. Apply paste to the surface, and scrub with a damp cloth or scrub brush. If no other cleaning solutions worked on your marble, limestone, travertine or onyx for removing a stain, this scrub may work. If the solution dulls the surface, polish it with a soft cloth and a polishing solution specific for natural stone surfaces.

Always use a soft, clean cloth versus a mop, wringing out the cloth by hand. After scrubbing a dirty surface do not place your wash cloth back into the mop bucket or bucket full of cleaning solution; instead grab a clean cloth and put the used, dirty cloth in the laundry.

Always rinse the surface with a damp cloth removing any soap residue. To protect your natural stone floors dust them daily with a clean, untreated dry dust mop to keep them free of abrasive sand, dirt, grit or debris. Protect your countertop surfaces in kitchens by using coasters under all glasses, particularly under glasses containing alcohol or citrus juices. Always use trivets, heating pads or mats under hot dishes and pans. In wet areas that produce soap scum, use a squeegee after each use of a shower or bathtub to minimize the scum. Clean the area by flushing: pour water mixed with a mild soap or one of the natural cleaning solutions listed above over the area, rinsing several times.

Use small amounts and remove immediately with a cloth and rinse with a damp cloth, particularly on marble, limestone, onyx and travertine. Apply a large glob of the paste to the stain so it’s about ¼ to ½ inch thick over the stain and beyond the stain area.

The drying process is important because that’s what pulls the stain from the surface and into the poultice. A wood or plastic scraper is sometimes needed to remove tough areas. If the stain is still not removed after a second application, it’s recommended to consult a stone professional for further cleaning instructions or repair. There are normally two types of sealant used on natural stone surfaces. This sealant is made up of acrylic, plastic compound or natural wax. Each maintenance program will depend on the brand and manufacturer’s instructions, normally located on the container. Topical sealant is used on most interior natural stone surfaces but not recommended for exterior use due to the elements wearing down the sealant and moisture entering it, forming cracks. For example, if your stone is honed (slight glossy finish) or flamed (rough texture), a topical sealant will make this surface appear glossy and polished like marble. It’s a “breathable” sealant that allows moisture in, which is why kitchen countertop surfaces or bathroom vanity tops have an impregnator applied. Consider the life span of the sealant; you will need to reapply it every one, two, three or four years and keep a log of each application.

The main concern in switching products is chemicals reacting to each other and producing an acid that will harm your stone. Floors can be polished using these polishing powder solutions along with a dry dust mop or a slow-speed floor polishing machine. Do not use this vinegar solution on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx surfaces unless they’ve been sealed, as the acid from the vinegar will harm them. No matter how hard the water, castile soap will not form soap scum so it’s perfect for bathroom vanities, showers and bathtubs. Since they contain vinegar do not use these wipes on marble, limestone, travertine or onyx unless they’ve been sealed. Stack your cellulose cloth in a stack or jelly roll-style depending on how you will store them. Immediately place them in the air-tight container, can, or plastic bag. Squirt the solution on to the stone surface and then wipe area clean with a damp cloth. If using store bought cleaners, be careful not to use too much cleaner or soap because it may cause streaks and leave a film. If mopping a floor, consider washing the floor by hand or putting the damp cloth under a rubber broom.

Only clean rags or cloths should be put in the wash water so the water stays clean and the surface gets cleaner.

In foyers or atriums, always keep a non-slip mat or area rug near the entrance to catch this debris. Do not place hot pans or dishes on your countertops after removing them from the stove. Some items such as china, ceramics, or silver will scratch your natural stone surfaces, therefore use place mats under them. If the stain remains then you’ll need to use a stain-removal poultice.

On granite, slate, sandstone or quartzite you can use mineral spirits or acetone. On marble, limestone, onyx or travertine use your normal cleaning solution. If marble, limestone, travertine or onyx use water instead of vinegar. Cover the poultice with plastic wrap tapping the edges down with painter’s tape. Allow about 24 – 48 hours, depending on the size of the stained area.

Once 24 – 48 hours has passed, remove the plastic and allow the poultice to dry some more. If you apply a topical sealant, the maintenance program you would have used for the natural stone will shift to maintaining the sealant instead. This leads to stripping and reapplication of the sealant over time, which might be once every few years depending on the brand used. Keep in mind that this sealant can also alter the appearance and texture of the stone after applied. Never switch between products without fully understanding the damage or issues it will cause because not all products are made the same. If a soft cloth does not work, then use a 0000 scouring pad or hand-held slow-speed polishing machine with a polishing powder. Learn how to clean a marble shower so that you can keep your bathroom free of grime and maintain the beautiful looks of your stone. Therefore, you need to know which products and tools to avoid when cleaning a marble shower. Never use scrapers, the coarse sides of sponges or scrub brushes to clean your marble shower. That means it’s important to maintain your shower surfaces on a daily basis.

This is even more important for marble, since residues from soaps and body washes, as well as minerals from hard water, can damage the surface of your stone. On the other hand, if your shower is only used one or two times daily, you might be able to get away with cleaning once every week or two. Wipe down shower surfaces with a fresh microfiber cloth until they’re totally dry. And the high levels of humidity and water usage in the bathroom make it even more challenging to care for marble properly.

Always check your manufacturer’s care instructions to ensure you don’t void the warranty. Acidic cleaners — such as lemon, vinegar or citrus-based soaps — can damage your stone’s surface. This is very important, as sealant helps protect your stone. Annoyingly, however, it’s a stone that can be etched by hard water deposits. Regardless of the material, all shower tiles should be wiped down after each use. Because of this, it’s a good idea to keep a stack of clean microfiber towels in the bathroom, so that you and your family members can wipe down shower walls regularly.

For example, if you have several people showering each day, you might need to wash the tiles a couple of times a week. You can use a store-bought marble cleaner if you like or if your manufacturer’s instructions state to do so. Using vertical or horizontal strokes, gently rub the solution onto the shower walls, paying extra attention to areas with mildew or soap scum. Rinse the soapy solution off of the marble shower surfaces using clean water. Keep your marble shower looking beautiful by knowing how to care for it properly.

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Read on for the right way to clean the countertops in your kitchen or bath, plus pick up some easy cleaning tricks to make the job even easier. If the surface feels tacky, rub with a paste of baking soda and water, then rinse.

Adding white vinegar to the water may alleviate this problem. Scrub the grout with a mild bleach solution and a toothbrush.

Unglazed tile countertops should be sealed with a penetrating sealer for protection and stain resistance. Never let it air dry because marble is prone to water spots. Rinse thoroughly to get rid of any residue and wipe completely dry. Wipe the surface dry after cleaning, rather than letting it air dry, to prevent a film from building up. For scorch marks, scratches, or persistent stains, consult with your countertop fabricator about renewing the surface. Rinse the surface with clean water and dry with a clean, soft towel. If you’re dealing with a light stain, try sprinkling on salt.

If the stain seems permanent, you can always sand and refinish a wood countertop. Wipe the wood with a light coat of mineral oil, letting the oil soak into the surface. Do not use excess oil because the surface may become tacky and attract dir t.

Then go to the next slides to see how to clean and care for specific types of countertop materials. Grout, on the other hand, should be sealed with a grout sealant to help it become stain-resistant. Don’t use abrasive cleanser or scrub pads because they may scratch the surface. For deeper cleaning, use a ph – neutral dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water. You can occasionally disinfect the counter by using diluted bleach (50-50 solution of bleach and water). For wet cleaning, use a soft cloth dipped into a solution of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid. Look for commercial stainless-steel cleaners to remove fingerprints and smudges. For a darker stain, try dabbing with a cotton swab dipped in a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution to lighten it. Don’t use linseed or vegetable oil for this purpose because they can become rancid.

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Clean your stainless steel sink by rubbing in baking soda with a sponge, then covering it with a little white vinegar. Put two halves of a lemon down the garbage disposal and run the disposal to give your sink area a fresh, clean smell. All-purpose cleaners can be used on sinks and other hard surfaces (but see the kitchen tips above if you have granite or another stone). Use newspaper instead of paper towel to prevent streaking and cloth fuzzies. And don’t forget about an extendable duster for those hard-to-reach ceiling fans and other nooks and crannies. The same solution will work on linoleum and tile; on tile, though, make sure you’re not soaking your grout lines with dirty water, as this can lead to discoloration. When tackling the grout on your floor and in your shower, use a grout brush (or other small brush with firm bristles), and make sure you read the product specifications. A lint roller works great on delicate surfaces, like pillows, especially if you have pets. Now that you have your shopping list, grab a coffee and head to the store.

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We’re a family company derived from the natural stone industry and we’re willing to share our knowledge. This means avoid cleaners that are acidic, s uch as vinegar, lemon, and orange cleaning products. When a composite granite sink is new, the colors are vibrant and the surface has a nice sheen. A safe and simple way to clean, shine and protect granite countertops, quartz, marble and more. Easily remove soap scum buildup, the white haze caused by mineral deposits and rejuvenate the look of vibrant colors in just a few simple steps. Get personalized service and professional advice on how to use our products by calling 317-350-2955. With proper care and some do’s and don’ts, these sinks are simple to keep looking like new for years to come. Looking for products to help restore the look of your composite granite sink? Have a question about cleaning granite, quartz or other natural stones?

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Lemon juice and most fruit juices contain sufficient acid that one can visibly etch a surface in a few minutes of contact.

As such, the lightening that is perceived to be the acid cleaning is actually the removal of the dye and the grout’s color. Our commitment has enabled us to consistently provide quality results. Marble and some metals will show the damage immediately if pure vinegar is used. The resulting white spot, ring or lemon wedge may look like a smudge or dirt, but is actually missing stone. Grout suffers a second issue in that many dyes used to color the grout can be leeched out of the grout using an acid, like vinegar. Overtime continuous use can turn a colored grout back to its cementitous gray root color. We are the only company that manufactures care products and provides restoration services.

Can I Use Vinegar To Clean Marble Floors? by home.onehowto.com

It is a kind of limestone that gets metamorphosed with pressure and heat. But now that you have installed a marble surface in your house, it is your responsibility to take good care of it and keep it clean. Marble wears and stains more quickly and easily, due to which both of them cannot be treated as same.

Vinegar is a natural cleaning product because of which it is safe for you as well as for most surfaces. So, the final word is that you should ‘never’ use vinegar to clean marble floors. It can erode the finish of your marble floor and can even stain the marble stone beneath it. So, it is always advised to keep your marble floor away from vinegar to keep its feel and look preserved. For cleaning your marble floor everyday, use a soft cloth and distilled water to wipe off the floor, and then use a dry cloth to dry the floor quickly. You may use hydrogen peroxide for light marble and acetone for dark marble.

Never keep any hot thing on your marble floor, and use stone or ceramic containers instead of the metal ones to avoid any rust stains. Marble is one of the most sophisticated and beautiful stones in the world. During this process, it gets mixed with some natural elements and it produces the intricate veins that most people pine for. But the truth is that marble is a very soft and delicate stone, especially when compared with granite. So, if you use vinegar to clean granite, don’t take it for granted that you can do that for marble as well. But it has an acidic quality that can actually etch your marble floor surface.

When this is done, the only thing you can do is to remove the outer layer of your marble floor to remove the stain of the acid. You can go for deeper cleaning occasionally with a ph-neutral dish soap and water. Place rugs and carpets in high traffic areas of your marble floor, remove shoes outside, and keep pads under furniture pieces.

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With proper maintenance and upkeep, it’s not difficult to clean marble tiles at all. Marble tile should be sealed and polished a few times a year. They should sweep the floor often with a soft bristled broom or vacuum it to pick up any loose dirt. Homeowners should be aware that loose dirt can easily be ground in as people walk across the floor. Sand, dirt and other debris left on the bottom of the shoe is abrasive, and it will first scratch the marble and then grind the dirt into the scratches. If the homeowner isn’t using a special marble cleaner, he or she should use warm water only. Instead, people can get a nice fluffy towel and use it to dry the floor thoroughly. Every few months, it’s a good idea to seal and polish the tiles. We’re talking chemicals, diamonds, machinery and the increased expense of possibly causing more damage. Over-grinding or over-polishing with certain products can cause the pores of the stone to become too closed off.

A hired professional will be able to diagnose many problems your average homeowner may not be aware of. Most of us are willing to pass our expertise your way for free. It’s going to cost me an arm and a leg to polish and hone and have it sealed by a pro!

Can small spaces be buffed with a commercial product?

Best to contact an experience stone restoration company for this task. Note that depending on the number of suggestions we receive, this can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. As more people use marble tiles in their kitchens, bathrooms and entryways, the demand for products to clean this material is growing.

Floors should be swept regularly with a soft broom, and they can be wiped off periodically with a damp cloth. To keep marble sparkling, homeowners should be sure to keep it free from routine dust and dirt.

This needs to be done at least two or three times a week, if not every day.

If visitors have been walking around in dirt or mud, an individual might ask them to remove their shoes before walking on the marble tiles. Homeowners may want to have some on hand in case of accidental spillage or for regular weekly or monthly cleanings. While vinegar is touted as a great household cleaner, it’s not recommended to clean marble tiles. The polish will help the floor to shine, while the sealant will protect the material from everyday dirt and grime and make it easier to clean on a regular basis. People who aren’t sure which product is best should contact the tile manufacturer or the person who installed the flooring. Every stone is composed of different minerals, compacted under different pressure, formed over different time frames. Every stone has a personality, and knowing how to adapt the restoration process to your particular stone will need expertise from years of knowing stone and reading its various qualities. My employees are all required to read through the safety sheets of every product we use, as well as obtaining chemical safety certification (whmis). Most of us in the stone restoration business have worked as fabricators, installers, as well as becoming expert restorers. For example, they can diagnose loose tiles and rebond them before they fully crack and need replacing, finding where the water is leaking through your marble shower upstairs and using the correct product to refortify the crack and stop that unsightly spot on your kitchen ceiling.

My cat pukes on the marble floor; and the acid eats the shine. One of our editors will review your suggestion and make changes if warranted.

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Because of its typically light coloring and porous composition, grout is prone to staining. In the bathroom, homeowners must contend with mold and mildew. Before you begin, remember that with any cleaning project, it’s always best to start off with the mildest cleaning solution. Spray with equal parts vinegar and warm water for several minutes. Fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water. Once the mixture stops foaming, scrub with a brush and rinse with plain water. Generally, you will want to let the oxygen bleach solution work for 10 or 15 minutes before rinsing.

You can also wipe grout with alcohol to keep mold and mildew at bay. In a tiled entry or mudroom, dirt and grime are the usual culprits, while in the kitchen, spills are more likely to blame.

Fortunately, it’s possible to clean and restore your grout using common household products and a bit of elbow grease. When in doubt about a grout cleaner, test it in a hidden spot—under an appliance in the kitchen, say, or behind the toilet in the bathroom. Scrub dirty grout using plain warm water and a stiff-bristled brush. Simply spray warm water on the grout lines and scrub in a circular motion, then let dry. For heavier dirt and mild stains, turn to vinegar, a trusty old standby for many household chores. Spray on the grout, let it stand for five minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush. To bring even more cleaning power to the party, cover grout lines with a paste of baking soda and water, then spray on the vinegar solution listed above. You can use the product straight, or apply a paste made from baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

For tougher stains and really grimy grout, use oxygen bleach as a grout cleaner. Always rinse with clean water so that the dirt doesn’t resettle into the grout lines. Chlorine bleach (and commercial cleansers containing chlorine bleach) can be used sparingly in extreme cases to clean grout. Steam cleaners can be an effective and environmentally-friendly method of cleaning grout—or, for that matter, many hard surfaces throughout the house. To keep your grout clean and stain-free, it’s a good idea to spray it with vinegar and wipe it down once a week. In any case, just a few spritzes and wipes a week can save you a lot of time and effort cleaning, preserving the attractive appearance of your home in the process.

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Grout lines easily pick up dirt and stains, and before you know it they turn from white to black. Allow all the ingredients to mix completely, so the baking soda is dissolved. Keeping this in a spray bottle will make it easy to mist the dirtiest areas specifically, and for storage.

Spray your cleaning solution over the grout so it is dampened. Put some hard work into your scrubbing to get the ground-in dirt out from between your tiles. All your scrubbing has probably created little pools of dirty liquid on your tiles. Use the above process to move onto the rest of your grout, giving all it a thorough cleaning. If you were working on counters or in a bathroom, use a generic cleaning spray and rag to wipe down your tiles.

The parts of each may vary depending on the consistency and thickness you prefer to work with. Use your finger or a toothbrush to spread the paste onto your grout. Apply firm pressure over a small area to lift dirt and stains. Work slowly to ensure that you have gotten all your grout cleaned up. Use a damp rag to wipe off the remaining paste on your tile.

Oxygen bleach is a safe bleach compound, which works to dissolve bacteria and grime while whitening grout. Make sure the grout is thoroughly coated with the liquid; you can use a spray bottle if it makes it easier to do so. For particularly tough stains in the grout, you can apply the bleach for an hour or longer. Letting cranberry juice or orange juice sit on grout for a few hours is a sure way to get a new stain. If a stain is left behind, pour a bit of hydrogen peroxide over it. Dry spills can also stain grout if they are left to be ground into the floor. Use the same cleaning solution you would use for a deep cleaning, but employ a spray bottle to treat the small area you want to clean. Mix baking soda with a little water to make a paste, and then rub it into the stained section of grout. After a few minutes, use an old toothbrush to scrub the area. Choose an eraser that is white, rather than stained a different color, or you may end dyeing your grout the color of the eraser.

Mold and mildew often affect grout in bathrooms, which tend to stay wet and steamy for hours at a time. Choose a grout sealer from your hardware store and apply it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You can choose a color that matches your tile or something completely different for a contrasting effect.

Older grout starts to crack and crumble, and it gets worse as moisture seeps in and degrades the floor underneath over time. For thin grout lines, buy a grout removal tool (at any hardware store) and dig out enough so the stains are removed and there is a channel deep enough for the new grout to fill & adhere. Allow the mixture to sit for 5-10 minutes, then scrub the grout with the toothbrush to remove dirt and stains. Learn how to clean your grout so it’s sparkling white again and maintain it so you don’t have to clean it as often. Before you get down to the deep cleaning methods, it is necessary to do a regular clean up of your tile.

This will get all the top layer of scum off, and make your work a bit easier. Fill your spray bottle completely, and then shake the solution well.

Start on a small area, only as large as 1-2 square feet total. Allow the mixture to set for 3-5 minutes to work into the grout. Use a scrubbing brush of your choice – a hard bristled cleaning brush, a toothbrush, or a magic eraser are all good options. Use a damp cloth to wipe this up, and wring it out into a separate container. Focus on simply getting the dirt and dark areas out of your grout, exposing the natural white underneath. When you are convinced your grout cleaning is finished, do a second clean up of the entire area. Before getting down and scrubbing your grout, you need to do a basic once-over with your favorite cleaner. For bathroom and kitchen counter grout, spray, and wipe it down with your favorite cleaner. In a small bowl, mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to form a thick paste. Use a small brush such as a toothbrush (electric preferably) for scrubbing at the grout.

If the grout is still dirty, add more of your paste and scrub again after letting it set for a few minutes. Continue adding the cleaning mixture to the grout and scrubbing it off. Finish by cleaning your tiles as usual with a spray cleaner for counters or a mop and soap for floors. Get rid of all surface dirt and crumbs that might make cleaning your grout more tedious by wiping down your tile before getting to the grout cleaning. Mix equal parts of oxygen bleach with warm water and allow the mixture to dissolve. Choose your starting area, no larger than 1-2 square feet at a time, and pour on your bleach. You can add more bleach as you scrub to keep the area moist and expedite the cleaning process. Grab a dry towel and mop up the dirty bleach-water that pools on the tile when you finish scrubbing. Doing this, will make it easier to finish cleaning in the end. Repeat the process of applying bleach to the grout and scrubbing it out until you have finished all your tiled area.

The longer you let it soak, the easier it will be to scrub out the stain.

Do a final mop-up of your tile before cleaning it again as you usually would. As soon as something is spilled on your floor, wipe it up with a wet rag, removing every last trace. Let it sit for a minute before wiping it away with a clean cloth. Sweep up coffee grounds, clumps of dirt, and other solids soon after they are dropped. To avoid having to do a deep cleaning too often, treat small stains as they come.

Let it sit for a few minutes, then use an old toothbrush to scrub it away. Squirt some toothpaste directly onto the grout in question, then rub it in using your finger. For the smallest stains, a pencil eraser does a surprisingly good job. Use an exhaust fan after taking a shower or bath, and wipe up wet tile to keep your grout from getting moldy.

Once a year, applying a commercial grout sealer can help prevent spills from quickly seeping into the pores in the grout, and it helps with bathroom mold and mildew. If you dye your hair, have kids who like to use paints in the kitchen, or just don’t want to deal with keeping it sparkling white, consider getting a grout stain and using it to dye the grout a different color. Replacing your grout when necessary is worth the trouble because it makes it easier to clean and prevents mold and mildew from taking hold as often. For larger grout lines, the channel will need to be wider & deeper. The outer edge of the grout not protected by the plastic?

Mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in a small bowl to form a thick paste, then spread the mixture on the grout with a toothbrush, working in small areas of about 1 to 2 square feet. Use a damp rag to wipe the remaining paste from the tile, then clean the tiles as usual.

Cleaning Marble Floors and Surfaces D’s Cleaning Service by dbestcleaning.com

However, as beautiful as the rock is, cleaning marble has its own set of challenges. However, when it comes to marble, one spill of coffee could ruin your perfect marble floors or countertops.

If an acidic liquid is left on the marble, you could end up staining or etching (dulling its glossy appearance) the surface. Instead of using the all-purpose cleaners, try the classic soap and water routine. Avoid using citrus-based soaps or acidic cleaning agents with your soap and water as this may weaken the porous stone. Instead, wipe down your floors often with a dust mop for a safer clean.

If you have marble in your home, you know that it is expensive and sensitive to stains, etches, and scratches. Simply mix a mild dish soap with water and wash down your marble surface. After you have washed down the marble, be sure to dry it off with a soft towel to prevent any water stains. Safeguard your marble floors by using slip-resistant floor mats around entrances to minimize contact with outdoor debris and dirt.

Amazon: Black Diamond Marble and Tile Floor Cleaner. Great For Ceramic Porcelain Granite Natural Stone by amazon.com

The 100% biodegradable formula is safe for natural stone and tile surfaces and is gentle enough to be used every day.

It leaves our tile shiny and clean and doesn’t have any added scent. We used 6 ounces of cleaner to a gallon of water and it worked fine. I highly recommend it because it leaves your f loor looking great and leaves a clean fresh aroma!

The 100-percent biodegradable formula is safe for natural stone and tile surfaces and is gentle enough to be used every day. Granted, we really used our elbow grease to scrub using this clear and a nylon brush but our kitchen and bathrooms look so much brighter and cleaner now. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if the solution was more sudsey. I increased the ratio mixture per the instructions but had same result.

*The Thrifty Home: How To Remove Hard Water by thethriftyhome.com

They used something sharp to scrape it away from the kitchen faucet and scratched the sink around it.

Vinegar in a bowl in a sick room is a good way to absorb smells.

The smell will dissipate after a couple hours, and the carpets are fresh smelling. I use vinegar and baking soda with boiling water to keep my drains clear, and mop my tile floors with just vinegar and hot water. And if you decide to enjoy this gorgeous summer by taki g a stroll through wooded areas spray it on yourself and clothes it is a natural flea repellent. A nd if you should choose to go for a stroll in a wooded area spray some on yourself and clothes it s a flea natural flea repellent. Some of those before and after pictures are pretty impressive. But you guys are using it to clean windows and wash veggies. I have used vinger for many cleaning needs, such as tile floors and grout but never thought about hard water.

My bathroom faucet is getting the vinger treatmeant and so is that little tray on the fridge. And we squeegee our doors after every shower – it still builds up. The sheets loose water really quickly, so to avoid using too many, scrub quickly.

One more thing i do is add a cup of vinegar to my dishwasher, every load, so buildup does not happen in there. I use 4 oz vodka and 12 oz of distilled water, not the hard water from the tap. I too have tried nearly every cleaner in the store and you’re so righ- nasty stuff!

I used this on my bathroom sink faucet which is brushed nickel. Does anyone know of a way to restore my brushed nickel?

Just don’t use vinegar to get rid of water stains on granite. I wish the previous owner of our home had known about vinegar trick. I often add vinegar to laundry rinse cycle to get a more thorough rinse, or in wash or rinse cycle for deodorizing and germ killing, especially bath and kitchen towels. There is no need to spend money on apple cider vinegar for cleaning -save that for your hair, face, and heartburn!

Someone said we should soak paper towels and plaster them on the doors, but they slide off.

You just mix it in a spray bottle, spray it on and let it sit as long as necessary (you can even leave it overnight to soak). I haven’t tried the rain x, but it makes sense and it works on the car, so maybe. I heard that the glass becomes pitted from the hard water and there is no way to get rid of the spots. Also, rinse almost immediately because the solution from the sheet dries really fast. I just had to write after doing my two shower doors and walls. Mine is ten years old and is still as shinny as it was when it was brand new. Just fill a spray bottle with straight hydro peroxide and spray it on and wipe off.

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