How to Clean Marble Countertops with Baking Soda

How to clean marble countertops with baking soda. Photo: pexels
How to clean marble countertops with baking soda. Photo: pexels

Surely, you value your beautiful marble countertops in your kitchen or bathroom. But cleaning them requires more care than other surfaces.

If your budget allows, buying a neutral pH marble cleaner is probably an excellent investment to ensure the safest cleaning method for your beautiful countertops, as well as not risking scratching or damaging with a homemade cleaner.

Marble is vulnerable to acids, alkalis, and abrasive cleaning products. For daily cleaning, you can use water, preferably hot water, for a better result and a soft sponge or cloth.

You can also use baking soda to clean your countertop, but you need to follow the correct procedure to do it safely. Check it out!

Baking Soda as a Homemade Marble Cleaner

Marble is a soft stone made of calcium carbonate. It’s easily stained and scratched. Therefore, you need to be very careful and avoid contact with acids (like vinegar) or strong alkaline agents, like ammonia and detergents. Baking soda is alkaline and abrasive, so you should use it with caution.
Because of these factors, baking soda should not be used for marble cleaning every day. Frequent use can cause irreversible damage. You need to pay a lot of attention to the time the solution is in contact with the piece.

What you need

Warning: Never use a scrubber or brush on marble.

How to Clean with Baking Soda

Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on the surface of the marble. Gently rub the baking soda with a damp, soft cloth. Be careful not to apply too much force to the movement, not to damage the marble.
Next, rinse with water and dry with a soft towel. Make sure to rinse with water to neutralize the pH and dry completely, so the solution doesn’t stay in contact with the marble surface for longer than necessary.

Baking soda is a mild abrasive and a natural disinfectant. However, care must be taken to use it on marble surfaces. Mild abrasives can still damage surfaces like this. Be sure to clean all traces of baking soda so it doesn’t come into contact with the marble surfaces.

Benefits of Cleaning with Baking Soda

  • Inexpensive
  • No harsh chemicals
  • Effective disinfectant
  • Effective stain remover
  • Effective deodorizer
  • Less likely to cause corrosion on marble than more aggressive chemicals, like vinegar, ammonia, or detergents

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