22 Feb How to Maintain Marble Tile
Marble tile adds an earthy beauty to the home. Each cut of stone is different, and each surface unique. This natural stone is also naturally hypoallergenic, making it an even more attractive choice in the home.
This natural beauty doesn’t clean itself though, and because of its porous nature can be quite prone to stains and spills. But with a few simple items and a little elbow grease you can keep your marble tile surface looking good as new. Here’s how:
Every Day / Week:
- Marble develops water stains easily, so dry bathroom countertops and walls immediately after use to protect from water spots. *Make sure to dry under wet shampoo bottles too.
- Sweep or vacuum the tile to keep it free from dirt or hard debris that can scratch the marble surface.
- Marble is quite susceptible to damage from acidic substances like vinegar, soda, citrus juice, tea and wine, as well as from grease and oil. Clean spills as quickly as you can with warm water and a little baking soda.
- Mop floors with warm water (no detergent). Dry quickly and completely.
Every Two Months:
- Create a cleaning solution by combining a ½ cup of ammonia with 1 gallon of water. Saturate a soft cloth in the solution, then wring it out.
- Scrub the entire surface, paying special attention to grout in between.
- Allow the solution to sit on the marble for a couple of hours.
- Rinse the entire surface with fresh water and dry thoroughly with soft, absorbent cloth. *Try putting a large towel under your feet and then scoot around the floor. This will eliminate pesky footprints.
Twice a Year:
- Polish the marble when it is clean and dry using a polish that is specifically for marble.
- Using a soft, clean cloth, apply the polish to floor and allow it to dry.
- Take a polishing pad and buff the marble back to its former glory!
The grout between marble also needs special attention. At least once a year it is wise to have professional grout cleaners come and treat your marble tile surfaces. Contact Steamer’s Carpet Care today to learn more about how we can help you care for your marble floors, countertops and more.