How to Clean a Marble Bathroom

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Marble is quarried worldwide, coming in a variety of colors with veins uniformly distributed throughout it. It is popular in the use of bathrooms, giving an expensive feel to the room. Being a calcareous stone made up of calcium carbonate, it is sensitive to cleaning solutions containing acids such as lemon or vinegar. When cleaning marble bathrooms, it is best to use a mild dish detergent or stone soap, which is available in most hardware or home improvement stores. They will not damage the surface of the stone.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust mop
  • Mild dishwashing soap
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Clean towels
  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • 0000 steel wool
  • Clean any sand of dirt from the marble bathroom floor before mopping. Use a dry, clean dust mop and sweep the area free of dirt. Make sure to use a dust mop not treated with chemical cleaners. Do not allow dirt to remain on the floor when you mop, as it may cause scratches on the floor's surface.

  • Clean marble bathroom walls, floors and counter tops by wiping them down with a solution of mild dishwashing soap and warm water. After cleaning, rinse the walls with clean water and dry them with a soft towel.

  • Remove soap scum from the marble walls by mixing a solution of one-half cup of ammonia and 1 gallon of water into a bucket. Wipe the shower down with the solution, rinse with clean water and dry with a soft towel.

  • Mix a solution of one-half cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water in a bucket, to remove mildew, mold or makeup stains from the marble. Wipe the affected area and allow the bleach solution to sit for approximately 10 minutes until the stain disappears. Rinse the area with clean water and dry with a soft towel.

  • Buff away hard water spots or scratches from the marble by using a dry, 0000 steel wool pad. Lightly scrub across the area until the scratches or spots are gone. Wipe down the marble with a damp cloth and then dry the area with a soft towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wiping down the marble walls with a towel after showering will cut down on water spots and soap scum forming. You will put less effort into cleaning the bathroom if you wipe it down as you use it.
  • Drying wet areas as they form on counter tops or other areas will alleviate the problem of water spots.
  • Do not use abrasive cleaners such as scouring powders on marble, as they will leave scratches.
  • Use caution when dragging a vacuum cleaner over the marble floor, as the wheels can scratch the surface.

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