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How to remove stains from Granite and marble

Marble and granite counter tops are gorgeous but they are porous and will soak in liquids that can leave stains (even sitting water!) which can leave you confused and terrified to use the wrong product that will ruin it.

Many types of liquids and sauces can leave their mark including fruit juices, wine, coffee, tea, water, vinegar, vegetable and olive oils, ketchup, bbq sauce, etc, so it’s important to wipe up spills as they happen or you’ll be left with a stain.

96. How to Remove Hard Water Stains from Granite Countertops

So now you have a stain, what do you do to get rid of it?  Here’s how:

Before you try to remove the stain, check to see if it is an actual stain or damage to the surface. If it’s damage, you don’t want to try to remove it, as it will just make it worse.

To determine if it is damage:

  • Not caused by the stone absorbing an agent, but rather caused by damage to the surface.
  • Corrosion, typically caused by acids, leaving “rings” or “water spots” that cannot be removed.
  • You cannot remove a “stain” that is actually damage as it requires repairing/removing the damaged area.

So if you’ve determined that it is in fact a stain, you can use one these recipes to help rid of it.

Baking Soda Poultice:

  • First blot the spot to lift as much of the substance as possible.
  • Next, spray it with water.
  • Now slather it completely with a paste made from baking soda and water (to the consistency of sour cream). Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Leave covered for at least 24 hours, the baking soda will dry and pull up much of the stain.
  • After 24 hours, remove the poultice and wash area with mild soap and water. Apply a fresh poultice if needed.

Flour & Liquid Soap Poultice:

1 cup unbleached flour
3 TBS liquid dishwashing detergent (no bleach, use a gentle soap like Ivory or Dawn)
Water

  • Mix the flour and soap together then add water until you have the consistency of sour cream.
  • Cover the spot with the poultice so it’s about 1/4″ inch thick and overlaps it by about 1/4″.
  • Cover with plastic wrap for 24 hours.
  • Wash off poultice and surrounding area with soap and water. If spot is still there, re apply poultice.

 

Rubbing Alcohol Spray:

  • Pour 1/8 cup of rubbing alcohol into a 16 oz. spray bottle. Add a couple drops of liquid dish detergent then fill the bottle with water. Shake before use. Spray area then wash.

TIPS:

  • The quicker you wipe up the stains, the less likely one will form.
  • Before trying one of these methods, try a small area first to ensure the color and surface is not affected.
  • Check the stain as the poultice is applied, if you notice that the stain is getting lighter or reducing, you know the mix is working.

Who would have thought it could actually be that easy?

Good luck!

Cleaning with Baking Soda

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Sure, you use baking soda for making your grandma’s famous cookies. However, baking soda is a super-effective and gentle abrasive cleanser! Which is also a great natural deodorizer, so it’s helpful in all sorts of trouble area’s.

Here is 10 ways you can use baking soda to clean with.

  • Extra greasy dishes and pans Give baked-on food the one-two punch by dialing up your dish detergent power with baking soda.
  • Foul-smelling fridge.  Baking soda will absorb strong food odors so they don’t linger or change the taste of neighboring foods.
  • Unrinsed fruit and veggies. Mixed with water, baking soda can remove dirt and the waxy coating on produce.
  • Stained and stinky containers.  To freshen your containers, wipe with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda. Or erase tough stains by soaking in a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water.
  • That Musty smell. Deodorize the soft, cushy places around your house by sprinkling surfaces with baking soda, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and then wiping it away or vacuuming it up.
  • Crayon on the wall.  A parent’s worse nightmare! Scrub lightly with a damp sponge sprinkled in baking soda to get rid of your childs art work on the wall.
  • Laundry.  Both whites and colors will come out of the washing machine brighter if you add a cup of baking soda to your load. Combined with liquid detergent, it helps balance the pH levels to get clothes cleaner.
  • Kitchen. Nearly early every dirty spot in your kitchen can benefit from a baking soda treatment. With water, use it to clean countertops, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, range hoods, and cooking utensils.
  • Bathrooms. Scrub your tub, tile, sink and shower curtain with a damp sponge and baking soda. Rinse to reveal gleaming surfaces.
  • Garbage can odors Place some baking soda in the bottom of your can to fight trash stink.

All of these are reasons to stalk up now!