A marble counter top can create a sense of elegance in a kitchen or bathroom. This porous stone is available in many different patterns and colors. The porous nature of marble can also be a problem when maintaining the beauty and shine of your counter. The marble can stain easily and should be cleaned immediately with a non-abrasive, gentle cleaning agent. Effective cleaning solutions can be made easily and inexpensively using products you have at home in your cupboards.
Step 1 – Removing Acidic Stains
Vinegar and citrus fruits are two of the many acidic foods which can stain a marble counter top. Blot any acidic spills immediately with paper towel. Do not rub the spill into the marble. Combine a tablespoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of warm water in a small bowl. Use your cleaning cloth to apply the baking soda paste to the area. Allow the cleaning paste enough time to dry completely and harden. Immerse the cleaning cloth in warm water and use it to gently and carefully remove the hardened paste from the marble. Dry and shine the area with a clean drying towel.
Step 2 – Removing Food Stains
Hydrogen peroxide can be used to remove food stains from marble. Apply the peroxide to the area by carefully pouring just enough of the liquid onto the stain to cover it. Allow the peroxide to sit for about 5 minutes. You should be able to see the the food stain dissipate form the counter. Continue the process until the entire stain is completely gone. Use a paper towel to soak up any remaining peroxide from the marble counter top. Immerse a cleaning cloth in warm soapy water and wash the residue from the marble. Use a drying towel to dry and shine the counter top.
Step 3 – Removing Grease Stains
Use a paper towel to remove as much of the grease as possible from the marble. Apply a teaspoon of cornstarch to the marble where the grease had been. Let the cornstarch sit on the area for 2 hours. Immerse a cleaning cloth in warm soapy water and gently rub the cornstarch from the counter top. Dry and shine the area with a clean drying towel.
Step 4 – Removing Nail Polish Stains
Use paper towel to soak up and remove as much of the nail polish as possible. Do not spread the polish any further on the counter top. In a small bowl combine one squirt of dish soap with a half of a cup of warm water. Dip the cleaning cloth into the cleaning solution and apply it to the nail polish stain. Use a different cleaning cloth to carefully and gently wipe the stain away. Continue the process until the nail polish has been completely removed from the marble.
H.R. Helm is an accomplished DIY craftsman. He has been DIY since childhood and is now a septuagenarian. He is experienced in wood and metal construction, having designed and built several houses and metal buildings. He built every permanent building on his current homestead and did all the plumbing and electrical work.
He has several years experience as a professional cabinet builder, and he is an accomplished auto repairman, having operated an auto repair business for many years. He currently has a home shop where he sharpens and rebuilds saws, repairs lawn mowers, mobility scooters, hydraulic jacks, and anything else that comes along. He also builds custom tools for metal working.
Invention prototypes are another of his many accomplishments. He owned and operated a manufacturing business building Compact Utility Vehicles for homeowner use. H.R. enjoys making jams and jellies during fruit season along with cooking meals. He is committed to outdoor cooking in a Bar-B-Q pit he welded together several years ago. He maintains fruit and nut trees along with helping his wife with a vegetable garden. He farmed commercial garden produce for several years. It helps to have over 50 years of farming and ranching experience.
ASE Certified Master Auto Technician
Cross country truck driver -- over dimensional freight
Design Engineer/Project Manager for injection molded plastic company
Bus Driver/Substitute Teacher
Inventor with two patents (weight training &ndash; anti-rollback for manual wheelchair)
BS in Industrial Technology