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.
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)
- 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.
- 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?
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!
We’ve all seen it, those water stains that turn while build up on our shower stalls over time. How do you get rid of them? How does it happen?
You will notice a buildup of soap scum and hard water stains over time in your shower if you do not regularly maintain the cleanliness of your shower. Many people often dread this task and want to know what the most effective way is to remove them.
Here is some tips on to help you maintain your shower the easiest way!
First off, if possible, purchase a squeegee and run up and down your shower walls after every use. This will help you with the time it takes to clean your shower regularly as there will be less build up. Make sure your bathroom is also properly ventilated. If it is not, mold can even form in the shower grout from poor ventilation. If you do not have a window or fan, suggest keeping your door open to let some of the heat escape.
Although you can find over the internet natural ways such as vinegar and lemon juice to remove soap scum and hard water, it seems to only get the surface part and not the stubborn stains!
We have experienced in our many years of cleaning business the most fast and efficient product that we’ve used is called Bar Keepers Friend. It’s so easy to remove stains making your shower look brand new!
To use Bar Keepers Friend:
Dampen a sponge and pour the cleanser on the soft side of the sponge.
Apply to area that needs it and lightly scrub.
Rinse off with water or a damn microfiber rag and dry with paper towel or a t-shirt rag.
You will instantly see the difference!
Whether it is a newly built home, or a new renovation, make it shine! Start by cleaning up the large pieces of gyproc, wood pieces, paper, wiring, nails, etc. If you have access to a shopvac that has a HEPA filter, use it to clean up most of the sawdust, dust and smaller debris. For the finer cleaning, use a Pet type canister vacuum like a Dirt Devil canister vacuum. Most upright vacuums are useless when it comes to cleaning efficiently and getting into the corners. There will be gyproc dust everywhere, inside and outside cabinets, inside appliances and especially on windows and screens. Use warm water with a lot of Sunlight dish soap, microfibre cloths and cotton cloths to wipe dry. You will be amazed at how well warm water, dish soap and cotton cloths work on the dust.
Winter is long gone but some of you might have salt stained shoes or boots that need to be cleaned before packing away. Salt can easily be cleaned away with the use of vinegar.
Salt which is considered alkaline and vinegar which is considered acidic, when mixed will neutralize each other. From a bottle of vinegar dab some on a wash cloth by placing the cloth over the opening of the bottle and tipping it upside down. Wipe or dab the salt stains with the wet cloth. For thick salt stains you might have to pour the vinegar on the stain and dab it with a cloth. You’ll be amazed at the results and happy with the fresh smell vinegar will bring to your clean boots or carpet. Another great cleaning tip from Maret’s Home Cleaning.
Cleaning a fridge by yourself can be a daunting task, let alone considering the oven. It seems like an easy task. Most folks who’ve tried it on their own know that it’s not as quick as you think. Removing the the food items, the shelving, glass inserts, from the fridge and putting it all back together again is a job in itself. Then you have to consider the oven. But wait! My oven has a self cleaning mode. Have you ever tried the self-cleaning cycle? Notice it doesn’t do the rack nor the inside of the oven door, especially the glass.
Unless you’re dedicated to spending a full Saturday or Sunday to cleaning these appliances, I would highly recommend a professional cleaning company like Maret’s Quality Home Cleaning. We’ve cleaned hundreds of appliances in our 18+ year history, it’s almost like we can do it in our sleep.
Why would someone consider using a cleaning service to clean the appliances? Well, two good reasons: Convenience and No headaches.
Deep cleaning your appliances may only be needed once or twice per year. Let the professionals do it for you. You’ll be glad you did.
Maret’s has developed a coconut oil based cleaning product specifically for heavy duty jobs likes ovens. Similar to hand cream, the coconut cleaning cream is thick, clings to vertical surfaces, makes glass, rubber and plastics sparkle without much effort. It’s enjoyable to use, even without gloves. The beauty of this cream is that there’s no toxic smell, no danger to employees, children nor pets. Contact Maret’s to inquire, you’ll be glad you did.
Now that summer is on it’s way there’s some folk out there that have balconies with patio doors and screens. The screens get dusty, some have that salt mist from the winter weather. Not to fret, we’ve got that covered.
What you’ll need:
2 good quality micro fibre cloths (16 x 16) are the best
2 good quality cotton cloths, preferably the thick cotton from old shirts
Sunlight or Dawn dishsoap
Fill the wash bucket 3/4 full with warm water. Add about 3 tablespoons of dish soap.
Throw in the micro fibre cloths and gently swish around.
Wring out one of the micro fibre cloths leaving it pretty wet, not too wet.
Start by wiping the top corner of the screen on one side and move the micro fibre slowly across the screen to the other side.
Continue to move across the screen wiping as you go. You’ll see a good build up of white suds from the dish soap.
This is a good sign. As you move down and across the screen you’ll notice that the cloth is becoming dry. Rinse and ring it out again, repeat the steps above until the entire length of the screen is white with suds.
Take one of the cotton cloths and wipe the screen in the same pattern as above. You’ll notice that the suds disappear, leaving a clean screen. Do this method on both sides of the screen. You’ll be amazed at how clean the screen becomes with little effort. You can continue to do your windows and mirrors in the same manner. Normal dishsoap and good quality cloths make all the difference in the world. Wipe the surfaces dry with the cotton cloths until you hear the window squeak. Enjoy your clean screens and windows.
What? Cleaning a home with coconut oil based products? Never heard of it. For some of us, we may be fortunate to have grown up in a time when “real” soap was used to clean things. What do I mean about “real soap”??. Soap is a natural product of oil, water and lye (sodium hydroxide for hard soap, potassium hydroxide for liquid soap). In the old days soap was made in this way. Today’s cleaning products don’t contain soap, they’re mostly made with detergents, alcohols, or laurates. Read the ingredients of any cleaning product and you’ll see chemical names that only a scientist can understand. We make our cleaning product, Simple Sudz, the old fashioned way, and made with 100% Coconut oil. Why Coconut oil? Well, when it’s used to make a soap it’s does not leave a residue and coconut soap is the most amazing, natural grease cutter, ink remover, etc. Add some additional ingredients to soften water, remove minerals, and you have a great product that can be used on plastics, stainless, woods, metals, vinyls, leather, carpet, the full range of home appliances, furniture, coverings and more. That’s what is great about cleaning with a soap. No damages, no bleaching, no stains, just a clean, natural, child & pet safe cleaning product. It’s this type of home cleaning service that sets us out from the others. It’s all in the cleaning details……