Reno right: Coffee-ring stains, fingerprint-free mirrors, and odour-removal

We answer some of your renovation questions and give you tips for how to amp up the home aesthetic!

Q: I have a coffee table with a marble top, but I noticed there is a cup ring stain on it. How can I remove it?

A: Marble, like any natural stone, is porous and prone to watermarks and etching (surface damage by something acidic). Both will appear as dullness.

You can remove the stain by using a solution of water and baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda) or marble cleaning product. Make a thick paste of baking soda with water and spread the paste onto the stain. Allow to sit for several minutes, then wipe away and repeat if needed.

To maintain your marble, never allow wet dishes, glasses, or water to sit on the tabletop. Never use vinegar or citrus-based products on marble, and wipe any spills as soon as they occur – even water spills. Lastly, using coasters will save you a whole lot of elbow grease in the future.

TOPICS: Renovation