Change Your Home One Step at a Time

Change Your Home One Step at a Time

Make Your Own Inexpensive Marble Cleaning Products

by Aiden Carroll

In order to keep your marble looking great, it will need to be properly cared for and cleaned. If you improperly clean it, it can become scratched or discolored. Unfortunately, marble cleaning products that you buy in the store can be pricey. However, you don't have to spend a ton to keep your marble looking great. Here are a few of the inexpensive marble cleaning products you can make yourself to keep your marble sanitized and clean.

Baking Soda and Water

One of the cheapest ways to clean and sanitize your marble countertops and floors is to use baking soda and water. When cleaning countertops, sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the countertop and then rub it into the marble with a dampened cloth. Continue this process until the surface has been completely cleaned. Rinse your cloth and then wipe away the excess baking soda. Dry the countertop with a soft cloth to prevent water spots.

For marble floors, mix three tablespoons baking soda to one quart of warm water. Either dip a soft cloth in the mixture or use a mop made of a non-abrasive material, such as a sponge or microfiber. Clean the floor and then rinse the water in your mop bucket. Refill it with clean, cool water. Mop or wipe down the surface of your marble floor with the clean water to rinse away baking soda residue. Dry the floor with a soft cloth to prevent water spots.

Ammonia

Another household product that can be used to clean your marble countertops, fireplace surrounds and floors is ammonia. While ammonia is not registered with the EPA as a disinfectant, because it can't kill all germs, it does have the ability to kill many of the types commonly found in homes. This makes it a great product to use after someone in your household has been sick.

When using ammonia for marble cleaning, you will want to use clear ammonia. Ammonia that has a yellow or blue tint to it can stain your marble, especially if it is light in color. Combine one part ammonia to five parts water and then clean any of these surfaces with a soft cloth or mop. After cleaning, use a dampened cloth to wipe away residue and then dry your granite completely.

Fabric Softener

The last product you can use to clean your marble countertops or shower stalls is fabric softener. Fabric softener is pH balanced, so it won't damage your marble. It is also non-abrasive, so it won't cause any scratches. Follow these directions to make and use your own fabric softener-based marble cleaner.

  1. Pour 1/3 cup unscented fabric softener in a spray bottle.
  2. Add 2/3 cups water to your bottle and place the lid on.
  3. Gently swirl the bottle to mix the fabric softener with the water. Do not shake or you will create a sudsy mess.
  4. Spray the mixture on your marble surface. Use a soft cloth to clean the marble in a circular motion, much like you would buff a car. Continue this process until the marble is clean.
  5. Dampen a soft cloth with cool water and wipe down the surface to remove any leftover residue. Dry the surface with a soft, dry cloth.

Marble is an expensive stone and you want to protect your investment by properly caring for it. In addition to routine cleaning, marble will also need to be professionally cleaned and polished to maintain its appearance and shine. The frequency with this varies based on many factors, including the finish of the marble, the type of sealer used, how well you care for and clean the marble and its color.

As a general rule of thumb, professional marble cleaning is needed when the marble begins to lose its luster or looks cloudy. Properly cleaning for your marble surface will help it live a full life, while looking its best.


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Change Your Home One Step at a Time

The best way to handle major home renovations is to take them one step at a time. Instead of trying to change your whole home at once, start small. I started with the guest bathroom, then the guest bedroom, then moved on to my kids’ rooms, my bedroom, and the living room. Now I’m working on remodeling the kitchen. I started this blog to help other people who are attempting major home renovations. I’ll show you how to change your whole home by breaking it up into manageable chunks. Wondering which kitchen counters are right for you, or how to add more space to your bedroom? We’ll go over the pros and cons of different materials and discuss DIY renovation projects. Before you know it, you’ll have created your dream home.