How to Clean a Tumbled Marble Backsplash

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A tumbled marble backsplash adds elegance and beauty to a home. Through the tumbling process, the marble acquires a softer, aged appearance. Care must be taken when cleaning tumbled marble, which is quite porous. Using the wrong products or methods to clean tumbled marble may result in damage or discoloration of the stone. By properly cleaning a tumbled marble backsplash you can protect the natural look of the stone and increase its lifespan.

Things You'll Need

  • Microfiber cloths
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Mild dish soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Household ammonia

Dust your tumbled marble backsplash regularly. Wipe the backsplash with a microfiber cloth to remove loose dust and dirt.

Dampen a clean, microfiber cloth with warm water. Wipe down the backsplash with the rag.

Dry the backsplash immediately. Use another clean, microfiber cloth to remove all water and moisture from the backsplash. Avoid letting the marble air dry, as marble is susceptible to water spots.

Fill a bucket with warm water. Add a few squirts of mild pH-neutral dish soap. This cleaning solution is to be used infrequently and only for a deeper cleaning. Typically, you should only clean your marble backsplash with soap once per year.

Dip a microfiber cloth into the bucket of soapy water. Wring it out thoroughly to remove excess water.

Wipe down the marble backsplash with the rag and soapy water. Dry the backsplash immediately with a clean microfiber cloth.

Remove stains from your tumbled marble backsplash promptly. Combine one part hydrogen peroxide with four parts of water. Add a few drops of household ammonia to the mixture. Wipe a liberal amount of the mixture onto the stained area of the marble. Wait about two hours, rinse with a wet rag, and reapply the solution if the stain is still there. Leave the second application on for 24 hours before rinsing with a rag and plain water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dark marble may be safely cleaned with acetone, while hydrogen peroxide is better for light marble.
  • Never use vinegar or other acidic cleaners to clean marble. Abrasive cleaners should also be avoided.

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