Baking Soda as a natural marble polish alternative
Marble is a natural stone material that can be used as floor tiles, countertops, and showers. It adds a touch of luxury to any home. Many people believe that marble flooring’s magnificent beauty will remain that way always. However, the fact is, your shiny marble can lose some of its lusters with time.
Polishing your marble floors prevents occasional imperfections and dull spots from developing and affecting your marble’s overall shine and beauty. However, cleaning them requires more attention than other surfaces. An excellent investment to safely clean marble is to buy a commercial, natural pH marble cleaner.
However, if you are on a budget, there are some home remedies that you can use. One of the most recommended homemade marble cleaners is baking soda. Baking soda can restore the shiny look of your marble without any damage, but you need to follow the right procedure to apply it safely.
Baking Soda as a Marble Cleaner
Marble stone is a product of calcium carbonate. You need to take care of this soft stone not to scratch it or expose it to potent alkaline agents such as detergents, ammonia, and acids. Baking soda is alkaline and a mild abrasive, so its application on soft marble requires a gentle rubbing rather than applying elbow grease to your cleaning job.
However, if you use baking soda too frequently, it can dull your marble countertops. So it’s recommended that you use it only infrequently rather than day-to-day, and never leave baking soda solution in contact with marble for more than one hour.
A Quick Step By Step Guide to Polish Marble With Baking Soda:
Gather your Ingredients First
Prepare a mixture of water and baking soda as polish. Take 45 grams of baking soda and mix well into 0.9 liters of water, then apply the mixture on the surface of your marble floor or countertop in a thin layer. Now use your hands and gently rub the surface with sweeping, circular motions with a damp, soft cloth. Move in progressively smaller circles as the surface dries. High pressure or scrubbing can damage the smooth stone.
Allow the cleaner to dry for about one hour. Now it’s time to rinse the surface with clean, warm water and dry it with a soft cloth. Make sure to neutralize the pH and dry thoroughly so that the baking soda doesn’t stick to the marble. Sometimes stubborn stains might require 2-3 applications.
You can follow up with some time of green cleaning spray (optional) to make sure and remove any baking soda that is left. Follow the proper cleaning cautions to avoid any damage to the surface.
Advantages of using Baking Soda to Polish Marble Floors
A budget-friendly option
An effective stabilizer
Natural stain remover
Not hazardous like other chemicals (detergents, vinegar, dishwashing liquid, and ammonia)
Marble is a soft natural stone that can quickly get stained, but cleaning and polishing the marble surfaces can be challenging. In an emergency, you can use baking soda; however, we always recommend using a commercial marble cleaner for your home. And lastly if you don’t wan’t to do it yourself, you can always give us a call. Fort Lauderdale Marble Restoration would be happy to help.