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Marble and Granite from Egypt: Tips and Tricks for Maintaining their Beauty
Marble and granite from Egypt are renowned for their timeless beauty and durability. Whether you have a stunning marble countertop or elegant granite flooring, it’s essential to maintain them properly to keep their beauty and extend their longevity. In this article, we’ll share some useful tips and tricks for effectively cleaning and caring for your natural stone surfaces.
Stain Removal: Marble and granite surfaces are prone to staining from spills and scuff marks, but with the right approach, you can remove them easily. For organic stains like those from coffee, tea, or soft drinks, you can clean them with a poultice soaked in a 20% peroxide solution with a few drops of ammonia. For oil stains like those from hand cream or lotion, you can spread an absorbent fine powder such as whiting or cornstarch over the surface and let it sit for 24 hours before brushing it off. Then, scrub the surface with a hot, sudsy solution and a stiff brush, or wipe it with an ammonia-dampened cloth. For rust stains, use a commercial rust stain remover and follow the instructions carefully. In case of acid stains, wipe the surface with a wet cloth immediately and polish if the surface is etched. Remember to avoid using abrasive cleansers as they can scratch the surface of your natural stone.
Cleaning: When cleaning your marble and granite surfaces, it’s important to use a neutral pH purpose cleaner. Simply spray the surface with the cleaning solution and wipe it dry with a soft, clean cloth to remove any water spots. Avoid using acidic or alkaline cleaners as these can damage the natural stone surface. Always clean up spills immediately to prevent staining and etching.
Polishing: Over time, your marble and granite surfaces may lose their shine. To restore their luster, you can use putty powder (tin oxide) to polish dulled or etched surfaces. Rub the powder onto the surface with a damp cloth, folding and refolding to clean damp areas. For best results, use an electric polisher to buff the surface. Always make sure to clean the surface thoroughly before polishing.
Sealing: To protect your marble and granite surfaces, it’s important to reseal them at least once a year. You can buy a stone sealer from a home improvement store and apply it using a sponge or rag to cover the entire natural stone surface, including corners and the backsplash. Sealing your natural stone surfaces will help prevent staining and etching, and keep them looking beautiful for years to come.
In summary, proper maintenance of your marble and granite surfaces is crucial to preserve their natural beauty and longevity. By following these tips and tricks, you can effectively clean and care for your natural stone countertops, tiles, and flooring. For any questions or advice on maintaining your marble and granite from Egypt, contact CIDG, one of the finest marble and granite companies in Egypt.