The Best Way to Clean Marble Tile and Make It Shine

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Marble is a metamorphic rock that forms when limestone is invaded by plutonic rock, resulting in high temperatures and chemical changes. Pure marble is white and shiny in appearance, with a smooth surface that makes it a desirable material in homes, often for countertops, bathtubs and tile. Real marble typically comes at a high price, so proper cleaning and care must be a top priority for this material.

Things You'll Need

  • Dust mop
  • Stone soap
  • Marble sealer
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Dust mop the marble tile to remove dirt, dust and other debris. It's important to get rid of all dirt, because it can scratch the marble during the cleaning process.

  • Clean the tile with a stone soap made especially for marble. Many stone soaps come in liquid form and must be diluted with water, so read the directions carefully before using it. Scrub the tile with a soft sponge soaked in the stone soap solution.

  • Rinse the tile with a mop or a clean sponge and clean water, and dry it with a clean towel. Dry the tile immediately after rinsing, because marble is susceptible to water spots.

  • Apply a marble sealer to the tile to create a protective barrier and shiny appearance. Some sealers are sprays, while others are a waxy substance. Always follow the manufacturer's recommendations when using a marble sealer. Reapply the sealant once a month to provide adequate protection.

  • Continue to dust mop the tile at least three times per week. Scrub the tile with a sponge soaked in a solution of mild liquid dish detergent and water to remove any dirt or water stains that don't come off with the dust mop. Properly sealed marble tile stays shiny and makes for quick and easy cleanup.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wipe up any spills on marble immediately after they happen.
  • If the marble tile is in a shower or bathtub, squeegee the tile after each shower or bath to prevent water spots.
  • Do not use acidic cleaners, such as those containing vinegar, on marble, because they may permanently damage the surface.

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