How to make DIY marble grout cleaner?

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  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 01, 2018

    Confused. Your grout is marble?

  • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Oct 01, 2018

    There's lots of DIY grout cleaner recipes here on Hometalk that might be useful …

    • Lgc30766196 Lgc30766196 on Oct 05, 2018

      Thank you. This is the most comprehensive site about cleaning marble that I've seen. Appreciate you providing the info.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Oct 05, 2018

    I was just cleaning with my homemade cleaner yesterday and to my surprise it turned the grout white. There is a trick to it. I had to spray it and let it sit. Then I scrubbed it. The cleaner that I make is white vinegar to water about the same amount of each... then I add dish soap mixed with water solution @ 1/2 cup for a spray bottle. Then I add essential oils...Maleleuca, lemongrass, rosemary, mint. It smells amazing too! I just looked up to see if vinegar was ok on marble and I got mixed reports on websites. One said it was fine and the other said over time it would etch away natural stone. I'm not sure but may want to do a little more research if vinegar would be fine for this application. Hope this helps...good luck!

  • Lgc30766196 Lgc30766196 on Oct 05, 2018

    Thank you. Yes, I've found those cautions about straight vinegar and straight bleach as well as cleaners containing them at various types of stores. Hope your marble isn't adversely effected.

  • William William on Oct 05, 2018

    Marble is basically compressed limestone. Any acidic cleaners will etch, dull and stain the surface, including vinegar, citrus cleaners, and lime/calcium cleaners.

    If you are trying to remove an old stain, create a dense paste of more baking soda and less water. Then place the paste over the stain, allowing it to function for a few minutes. After that wipe off the baking soda paste. If it is needed you can repeat the procedure until the stain vanishes.

    If the stain is persistent and is still there you can try removing it with ammonia solution. Make the area of the stain damp with 10% ammonia, diluted in water. Ammonia is knows as a base solution, so it is suitable for removing stains from marble.

    The final stage of the stain removal us rinsing. Rinse the solution from your marble well to eliminate any residue, left from the cleaning ingredients on it.

    I advise to use gloves when removing the stain with ammonia. They will protect your hands. Ventilate the room, in which you use ammonia for removing stains, because it is toxic.