There are very few things that will look fantastic and in style for decades, but marble tile is one of those things. This timeless material is classy, simple, and elegant in almost every setting. So it’s easy to see why it’s crucial for homeowners to care for and clean this delicate material to ensure it remains stain-free. Unfortunately, the cleaning aisles at big department stores are filled to the brim with special cleaners, harsh chemicals, and products that claim to be gentle on all services. However, many of these are not only damaging to your health, but they can also damage a delicate material like marble.
What You’ll Need
We like to recommend keeping your cleaning routine simple. The simpler the products you use, the less likely you are to damage the marble and the more likely you’ll do it more often if it’s quick and easy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• gentle dish soap
• warm water
• spray bottle
• microfiber cloth
• clean soft towel
How to Clean Marble Tile
Marble is one of the more delicate tile materials and shouldn’t come in contact with harsh cleaners or chemicals. Cleaners you might have used with success on granite are likely to eat away and damage marble. The best way to keep marble tile clean is by using gentle dish soap and mixing it with warm water in a spray bottle. Shake up the bottle and spray that onto the
tile. Use a soft microfiber cloth to clean the tile, then use a new clean towel to wipe the surface down. Use circular motions to wipe away dirt, crumbs, and everyday messes. You can rinse out the microfiber cloth and use it still damp on the marble tile to wipe away any leftover soap. Then dry it off thoroughly so there is no residue left behind.
To avoid stains setting in, use this technique if you spill anything, but especially for things like pasta sauce and wine. These can stain marble which might not come up even with our next suggestions.
Removing Harsh Stains
Life happens, and sometimes we get busy and forget to clean up a mess we made. When this happens, a few methods are still safe for marble but might help get up those more stubborn stains. Ammonia or mineral spirits diluted with warm water can be great ways to remove tough stains. Next, use a soft cloth or towel to rub into the stain, and then use a new clean rag to wipe away residue and another dry towel to ensure everything is dry.
With stains that won’t go away, you might want to try using a poultice that can be purchased online or in some department stores. The instructions to create the paste are on the back of the cleaner. Follow those instructions, but keep in mind this should be a last resort option only. Though these cleaners may say they are safe on marble, it is best for the marble’s health if harsh detergents like this are avoided. To avoid this situation, when accidents happen, be sure to clean up the mess immediately to prevent the tile from getting damaged or stained.
How to Protect Marble Tile
Cleaning isn’t the only way to keep your marble from getting damaged. Protecting the marble tile with regular sealing is an excellent option for all homes. Depending on the sealer, you may need to seal yearly or monthly. Do some research in finding the best sealer option for you and your family.
We’re sure that you love your marble tile, whether it’s in your bathroom or your kitchen. Unfortunately, both of these areas of the home are messy and see the most abuse. Keep up with regular cleaning and wipe up messes as they happen to ensure your marble tile stays looking its best for years to come.