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How To Do Clean Ornamental Surfaces?

How To Do Clean Ornamental Surfaces?

You cannot always use a basic household cleaner. Surfaces such as marble, alabaster, onyx, and jade each require a special treatment.

Cleaning Stone Surfaces

Stone can be used for many surfaces, not just walls and floors. Special stone surfaces are often porous, so should not be wetted. They may also stain easily, so it is important to treat spills and marks quickly. Be careful when carrying stone items – they may be very heavy.

Caring for Stone

  • Marble This is a porous stone, so treat stains at once. For wine, tea, or coffee stains, rub with a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide to four parts water. Wipe off at once, and repeat if necessary. For other stains, see right.
  • Alabaster This is highly porous. Clean it with a little white spirit or turpentine. Remember not to put water in alabaster vases – they leak.
  • Jade You can wash jade, but you must dry it at once with paper towels. Never use abrasive cleaners.

Removing Stains from Marble

  • Cover stains on marble surfaces with salt. If the stain is not serious, brush off and reapply the salt as the stain is soaked up.
  • If the stain persists, pour sour milk over the salt, and leave it for several days. Then wipe it off with a damp, wrung-out cloth.

Bone and Horn

In general, bone, horn, and antique ivory should be wiped gently, not washed. Do not immerse bone knife handles when doing dishes. Keep bone and horn out of strong sunlight and away from high heat. Rinse horn goblets immediately after use, and dry them thoroughly.

Caring for Bone

  • Hairbrushes Clean tortoiseshell hairbrushes with furniture cream, and ivory hairbrushes with turpentine. When washing brushes, rinse the bristles without wetting the backs, and dry with the bristles face down.
  • Bone handles Wipe bone handles clean with denatured alcohol. Lay discolored handles in sunlight, or rub them with a paste of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and whiting (available from hardware stores).

Removing Stains from Marble

Caring for Ivory

Cleaning piano keys; Use toothpaste on a damp cloth to clean piano keys. Rub gently so as not to damage them. Rinse with milk, and buff well.

Caring for Pianos

  • Plastic keys Dust regularly and wipe occasionally with a solution of warm water and vinegar on chamois leather.
  • Ivory keys Leave the piano open on sunny days so that the keys will be bleached and not turn yellow. See left for cleaning. Keys that are badly discolored must be scraped and polished by a professional cleaner.
  • Casework Use a vacuum cleaner to blow dust away from the inside casework.
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