Baking soda’s first application outside of a sterile environment was through fishing. Fishermen used baking soda to keep early spoilage occurring. Now, baking soda is being used in almost all areas. People use it in cooking, cleaning, and many other areas.
One of the most used areas in houses is during cleaning, of course. Baking soda is known as a stain remover. It can help to remove liquid stains such as tea, wine or coffee. It also helps to remove the unpleasant smells. It is quite affective on solid surfaces in general but it is not advised to use baking soda directly on natural stone surfaces.
What is the Reason Why We Should NOT Use Vinegar and Baking Soda on Natural Stone Surfaces?
People can come across to mixture of vinegar and baking soda being used as common diy home cleaners especially on the Internet. The users praise it and its effectiveness. But this does not mean that all cleaners can be used in all areas or surfaces. And in this case, this mixture does not work well with the natural stone countertops. Due to the fact that vinegar is acidic substance and baking soda is caustic, the result of mixing the two can have an unstable effect on stones that are porous. To provide an example, especially on dark surfaces, this mixture is likely to cause discoloration on the surfaces.
How to Use Baking Soda to Remove Stains from Natural Stone Surfaces
If you want to use baking soda on natural stones, there are some ways to do so. If you are face with a very difficult oil stain that you cannot remove on the stone than baking soda may be one of the few options you have. The first thing you need to do is to change the alkaline level of baking soda. To do that, you need to mix it with acetone until the consistency becomes a paste like. The consistency should be similar to of a cake batter. Then you evenly and carefully spread the mixture on the stain. The mixture should be left alone on the stain for at least 24 hours and then, you need to clean it with water. To avoid the reoccurrence of the stain, resealing is a must next step here. If you are not sure what will be the result, you can first try this mixture on an area that is not easily noticed. If there is no harm on the surface after the waiting period, then it would be safer to apply the mixture on the stained area.
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