Today, within the Decoesfera Cleaning Special, we are going to refer to the surfaces of marble, granite or compact in which simply passing a waxed cloth is not enough, since when applying a layer of wax on countertops and shelves it ends up getting a yellowish appearance, different from the original and not precisely beautiful.
We are going to see how to clean each of these materials that, being porous, get the stains to be cleaned from their surfaces with different products. Some of them are traditionally found in any pantry, although, sometimes it will be convenient to use specific products from specialized drug stores.
How to clean the marble
The secret is to remove all the crap well, including the old wax that layer on layer manages to dazzle the marbles giving them a dull and yellowish appearance. To solve this problem, all the wax must be removed from the marble using any commercial product, and after cleaning it thoroughly with soap and water, re-wax it if desired.
Marble is a porous materialTherefore, any stain on it can be easily removed, so it is advisable to clean it immediately. The most common method is the water and soap, but when there are stronger spots, other remedies can be used.
Traditionally, marble was cleaned with vinegar diluted in water, in case they were yellowish or dark spots. or with lemon juice with salt, if they were rust spots, the metal legs of a chair, table or nightstand. Cigar burn marks are only removed if the marble is polished again. Wine stains can be removed if you clean them with water and chlorine. It is rubbed and then rinsed well once the stain has come out. This same solution can be used for the coffee stain on the marble. Liquid chlorine softened in water or some chlorine-based product, can also be used to bleach white marble, it is important to remember that it should be for a short time.
When any marble is used to clean corrosive substance Either from a commercial product or from any homemade product such as vinegar, lemon, etc., these products should be prevented from being in contact with the marble for a long time. This is why we recommend that the product be applied, rub the stained area by brief minutes and rinse immediately. If the stain persists and you want to insist you can do it, but taking care of rinse with clean water between one and another application of the product being used.
As for the cleaning tools we will specify one by one, since they are just as important as the products:
Cotton cloth.- A soft cotton cloth will help us remove dust from the surface
Sponges.- In principle it is the most appropriate and comfortable for cleaning and polishing the marble.
Brushes.- They are good auxiliaries to clean the marble and if they are used together with some cleaning powder, great results are obtained.
Aluminum wool.- If the dirt is superficial and does not come out with the sponge only, you can use 0000 aluminum wool to rub the stain, but very gently so that it does not damage the marble finish.
How to clean the granite
Granite can meet great variety of colors, textures and designs, these being the reasons why they can adapt to almost all environments. It is a material of great hardness, durability and elegance. Being a stone composed largely of quartz, it is very hard. It is usually gray, pink or red, and can be easily sanded. It's practically waterproof and offers great resistance as time passed. It is frequently used in pavements.
The best thing for cleaning granite is water and neutral soap, that we will pass on it with the help of a rag. We must always prevent these soils from coming into contact with corrosive liquids such as ammonia, acids, etc., as they damage them.
They are a fundamental part of cleaning cloths used, as much or more than the products. If we use water and neutral soap or dense bleach (always remembering the importance of rinsing), when using a soft sponge or a scourer of blue fibers that do not scratch, and carefully dry after rinsing with a soft cloth or microfiber cloth, we will have a clean and bright countertop. Microfiber and paper clean dust and dirt and absorb moisture, leaving granite with a spectacular shine. Both can be complementary or used separately.
As for those dry spots stuck It seems that they will never be removed, hot water is the solution. Do not leave your nails rubbing because it is much more effective to apply for a few minutes hot water and soap with a cloth or a soft scourer. Gradually the stain, with the action of heat and detergent softens and is easier to remove.
How to clean the compact
The appearance of quartz compact It was a surprising novelty in the materials that until then were applied to kitchen countertops. The properties of this fantastic mineral seem innumerable: Tough, hygienic, versatile, bright, etc. In this sense, the fame that has reached this raw material is making the quartz extend its application beyond the work area, since it is also used in the manufacture of sinks and fronts.
Being a compact quartz and being bonded with resins makes it a non-porous surface preventing dirt, oils or liquids from penetrating. It is resistant to stains and dirt, in general. For daily cleaning, with a sponge and some soapy water, It's enough.
I hope that after this, your countertops in bathrooms and kitchens and the floors of marble, granite and compact, shine like mirrors, clean and disinfected.