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How to clean marble in the bathroom

Follow this simple guide to learn how to clean white marble and remove marble stains.


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Marble floors and tiles are a great way to bring extra class to your home. Cool to touch, great to look at and a really durable material, marble is fantastic – so long as you look after it. Here we’ll share some top tips for cleaning marble floors and how to remove marble stains so you can keep the marble in your home clean and at its best.

The key to how to clean marble worktops and other marble surfaces is to use a specially formulated marble cleaner, but if you’re in a hurry, you can use mild, non-abrasive washing-up liquid. Make sure you don’t use the anti-bacterial kind as it’s likely to be too harsh!

How to clean white marble  

Marble is soft and porous so when you are learning how to clean marble tile floors and other surfaces, the first step is to always do so with extra care and attention to detail. Here are our top tips for how to remove stains from marble and make sure the marble in your home is sparkling clean:

  • Clean up spillages quicklyAs marble is an absorbent material, ensuring you clear up any unwanted spillages will prevent permanent stains or discolouration to the surface.
  • Use hot distilled waterHot water is great for cutting through grime, and may be a quick and easy solution to reduce the need for tougher cleaning products which could potentially damage the marble. Distilled water has minerals and impurities removed, making it an even better option for cleaning.
  • Use a mild detergent with the hot water Mild detergents, washing-up liquid and pH-neutral soaps diluted with warm water are ideal, as they are less likely to cause any damage. Try to avoid harsh chemical solutions and acidic cleaners like vinegar, ammonia and citrus-based cleaners.
  • Use a felt pad for scuff marks and stains If hot water and detergent isn’t working, using a felt pad should do the trick. Be careful to rub the marble gently in the direction of the grain, not in a circular motion.
  • Use equipment that will be gentle to your marble surfacesInstead of using scouring brushes, hard brushes or vacuums, which could damage the marble, use a soft mop with your hot water and mild detergents. Using cool, clean water after will help you to clean up any remaining suds, dirt or debris. Don’t forget to regularly change the water to prevent mopping the floor with dirty water and causing scratches with any debris within.
  • Air drying may be best for some surfaces, but not for marble! Use a soft towel to dry Soaking up as much of the solution and/or water you have used to clean the marble as possible using a soft towel. Always change to a clean, dry towel when needed.
  • Seal marble floors                                                                                                                      In order to limit stains, marble floors and surfaces should be sealed with a specialised product every three to five years. Be sure to test the product on a small, inconspicuous area first and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Marble tiles are a great addition to any bathroom, as they look great and are durable. Now you know how to polish marble and even remove stains from marble, you can ensure they last for years to come.

  • Clean marble regularly to prevent a stressful deep clean.
  • Seal marble bathrooms every 3-5 years.
  • Avoid acidic cleaners or those that are pH neutral such as vinegar, ammonia and citrus-based cleaners.
  • Test products on an inconspicuous area first.
  • Wash marble with warm, distilled water and a little gentle washing-up liquid.
  • Wash off the soapy water with clean, warm distilled water.
  • Use soft cleaning products like mops.
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