Marble tiles are the definition of stone sophistication, melding together the modern and timeless for a captivating look. Yet, when the years pass, marble can become lackluster. To combat this, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to clean and polish marble tile. 

However, don’t forget that if you don’t have time for the maintenance of marble tiles, or you find them too expensive, you can always check out our range of marble look porcelain tile.

In this article, we’ll cover the following:

How To Clean Marble Tile 

There are many areas that you may place your marble tiles, and each one requires slightly different cleaning tactics. 

Cleaning Marble Floor Tiles

Since floors  see the most traffic, wear and tear will happen much more quickly than other areas. 

When it comes to cleaning marble floor tiles, there are several things to keep in mind: 

  1. They are delicate materials, anything acidic will cause damage to the body of the tile. 
  2. Don’t ever use bleach, since this will cause splotching and discoloration. 
  3. The wrong type of cleaner will wear down the sealant, leading to more debris and dirt being stored on the tile

To effectively and safely clean your marble tile floors, you’ll want to use either a professional-grade cleaner or use something very gentle.

We encourage professional-grade cleaning with something like our Stone Cleaning Kit but understand there may be cost restrictions involved. Here’s a quick DIY tactic to help you. 

The Materials:

  • A gentle soap (this can be castile liquid soap)
  • Bucket with warm water
  • Non-abrasive Cloth 
  • Dust Mop
  • Wet Mop

The Steps:

  1. First, use a dust mop to clear away any topical dirt or debris from the marble floor. 
  2. Mix together 1 TBSP Castile Soap and 1 quart warm water in a large bucket. 
  3. Apply the mix to the floor, not in large puddles, and use a wet mop to clean. 
  4. Do a once-over with clean water with the wet mop.
  5. Finally, hand dry with your cloth.

Cleaning Marble Shower Tiles 

Marble tiles in the shower see a lot of wear and tear. They are consistently getting wet, coated in hygiene products, and as a result, are prone to grime buildup.

To counteract these impacts and keep things tidy, there are a few quick steps.

The Materials:

  • A Spray Bottle of Choice
  • 1 TBSP Gentle Soap 
  • Warm Water 
  • Microfiber Cloths

The Steps:

  1. Before beginning, go ahead and clean the area thoroughly. Remove any hair, dust, or loose debris from the wall and floors of the shower. 
  2. Now, mix together the warm water and 1TBSP of soap into your spray bottle. 
  3. Simply go ahead and wet the entire shower area with the spray.
  4. Finally, take the cloth and dry the area.

Cleaning Marble Countertops 

At last, we’ve arrived at marble tile countertops. Like the shower, they’re exposed to a lot of daily activity, making them prone to dirt build up. To revive them, simply follow the easy steps below. Keep in mind, they are similar to the shower cleaning steps, so it may be a great idea to clean both areas in the same day. 

The Materials:

  • A Spray Bottle of Choice
  • 1 TBSP Gentle Soap 
  • Warm Water 
  • Microfiber Cloths 

The Steps:

  1. Before beginning, go ahead and clean the area thoroughly. Remove any crumbs, dust, or hair from the countertop.
  2. Now, mix together the warm water and 1TBSP of soap into your spray bottle. 
  3. Simply go ahead and wet the entire shower area with the spray.
  4. Finally, take the cloth and dry the area.

How To Polish Marble Tiles

We’ve covered the cleaning aspect of marble tiles, let’s move to polishing them. 

One of the things that makes most fall for marble tiles is their natural luster and lavish look. Yet, over time, this fades, requiring minimal upkeep. There are two types of cleaning to keep your tiles polished. 

First, remove stains by way of poultice. This is outlined below.

The Materials:

  • Ammonia 
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 
  • Baking Soda 
  • A Cup 
  • A Paintbrush (Large)
  • Plastic Wrap

The Steps:

  1. Make the poultice. Mix together baking soda and water in a glass cup or bowl. Add in the hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. Allow it to form a thick consistency. Make a larger amount for areas like floors with more stains. 
  2. Clean the stains first with soap and water. Dry, and then apply a light layer of water to the areas. 
  3. Apply the poultice.
  4. Cover the area with plastic wrap. 
  5. Allow to sit for about 2 days, until it’s hardened.
  6. Remove the wrapping, dampen with water, clean the surface, and dry.

Second, remove etch marks through polishing. 

The Materials:

  • Water 
  • Marble Polishing Powder 
  • Clean, damp rag 

The Steps:

  1. As all steps, clean the area thoroughly first. 
  2. Then, wipe the etched area with your damp rag. 
  3. Sprinkle some of the marble polishing powder on top. 
  4. Follow the marble polishing powder instructions for buffing. 
  5. Once done, dry and reveal the shine. 

That’s all for today. Hopefully you now have a clear vision on how to maintain the natural beauty of your marble tiles. Want to redesign or renovate using marble tiles?