Marble, tile, and granite are three materials that can beautify the interior of any home, but they come with the requirement of special care. Cleaning is one of the things you need to do right enough and often enough to keep these surfaces looking their best, which is the only acceptable level of visual appeal they can exude. Here are some house cleaning tips in that regard.
This is basically a soft stone with pores and relatively low strength. That is why you can scratch it easily, and it also forms stains fairly quickly. If you clean it regularly, first dust the surface, and then buff it with a half-damp cloth to bring the shine back.
However, when there is deeper cleaning called for, you will need to use non-subsiding ammonia dropped onto a cleaning cloth, and wipe the surface with this before buffing. Afterward, use a commercial marble polish to bring the shine back. Abrasive cleaners are a no-go, and so are acid-based cleaners.
Prevention is the beat tack with granite countertops, so if you spill something, mop it up right then so it doesn’t get in. When setting beverages, use coasters, so the acids don’t dull the surface.
Make a liberally diluted solution of liquid dishwashing solution and dab on a clean cloth, and use that to clean the surface. Afterward, rinse it with a cloth soaked in clean water. Similarly to marble, granite should not be exposed to acid-based products, which could etch or dull the surface.
Ceramic tile countertops are of two types: glazed and unglazed. The former is tougher but cracks more easily; unglazed tile takes in cleaning products. Another issue is from the grout, which takes in moisture, as well as mold and mildew.
When cleaning regularly, especially with the glazed variety, it is best to use a non-abrasive spray cleaner. Windows cleaner is a good choice owing to the nice finish it leaves, but the more colored varieties best stay away from – they can discolor the porous grout, which is guaranteed to look bad when someone steps in the kitchen and lays eyes on the countertop.
For unglazed ceramic, use a natural sponge dampened lightly with an aqueous solution of non-soap detergent or commercial tile cleaner. And whatever you do, don’t use acid-based cleaners here either. That can cause the grout to break off, making the surrounding tiles wobble.