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Homemade Cleaning Solutions- How to clean marble

Updated on March 19, 2011

Cleaning solutions for Marble Kitchens, Floors and Bathrooms.

Marble is a beautiful stone that enhances the look of many kitchens, bathrooms and is even used on floors. But one of the most common misperceptions of marble is that as a stone it is indestructible, but it is actually porous which means it stains very easily and is not impervious to harsh treatment.

Never use vinegar, lemon or any other acidic ingredient on marble as acids will eat through the protective finish and damage the stone.

 

General Marble Cleaning

Bench tops and floors

1. For a quick touch up use a microfiber cloth and warm water, wipe it down with a dry cloth. Marble can be prone to water spots so it’s best to avoid air drying, never leave any water on the bench tops, droplets, water rings always wipe off.

2. For a deeper clean on your bench tops wash with a neutral Ph. dish soap on a damp sponge or cloth, but you can also use acetone on dark marble and hydrogen peroxide or clean ammonia for light marble. Whatever you use make sure you rinse thoroughly, dry completely

3. For your floors a light clean with dry microfiber or soft cloth should be all that is needed on a daily basis, or wash down using a Ph. neutral dish washing soap mixed with lukewarm water

4. Recipe idea for cleaning marble

1/3 fabric softener, 2/3 water and spray bottle.

Mix solution together in spray bottle, spray onto the marble wiping with a soft cloth, before buffing dry. Can also use this in a bucket, dip in a microfiber cloth and wipe until marble is clean, before buffing dry

Removing Mold from Marble Showers

1. Using a sponge and warm water scrub down, rinse. Mix 1/2 cup of bleach, peroxide or ammonia with a gallon of water, scrub walls and floors, this will clean the mold and kill it, for problems areas, saturate with solution and leave for 5 minutes before scrubbing with a soft brush. Rinse out! Using a toothbrush and the solution you can clean the grout like the rest.

Rinse and Buff dry.

2. Removing mildew and cleaning grout on mold recipe

1 part baking soda, 1 part bleach, bucket, rubber gloves

Pour the baking soda and bleach into the bucket and mix, apply generously to grout or mildew, pasting, patting it on. Scrub with an old toothbrush or SOFT cleaning brush Rinse with warm water and buff dry.

Cleaning a Marble Bath

1. General care

Wipe down after each use with a towel to help prevent soap scum, Clean at least once a week using a Ph. neutral detergent or liquid soap mixed with warm water, Apply to mix to the surface of the bath scrubbing with a soft sponge, Rinse thoroughly and buff dry.

2. Mix a solution of one gallon of water and 1/2 cup of ammonia, apply mixture to surface of the bath, scrubbing with a soft sponge, great at removing soap scum. (Always wear gloves when using Ammonia or bleach) Rinse well and buff dry.

3. Fill the marble tub with warm water and 3 tablespoons of Ph. neutral detergent, once full add 1/2 cup of bleach, scrub with a SOFT brush to remove dirt and grime, once finished drain bath before refilling with warm water to rinse out soap, grime and bleach. Drain water from the tub before wiping dry. If needed repeat.

Stains on Marble

Being porous marble stains easily, wine, orange juice and tomatoes are just a few things known to cause stains on this beautiful stone which can ruin the look of the best stone.

Ideas on removing more stains from marble

Baking Soda my all-time favorite is able to be used by mixing a thick paste of water and baking soda together, looking for something as think as peanut butter. Apply the paste to the stain and cover with a sheet of plastic to keep it damp. Leave it to sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping off, Rinse with water and dry. Repeat if necessary. (I have heard it can be left for 24 hours before wiping off, but I am unsure of this method)

Coffee and Juice stains

wash with warm water and Ph. neutral dish washing detergent,( as above) If the stains stays try...wetting a paper towel with hydrogen peroxide, lay it over the stain and cover with plastic, allow the paper towel to dry fully before removing (24-26 hours) rinse with clean water, if stain is still present repeat.

Oil Stains

Cover the area with cornstarch for 24 hours to absorb excess oil, wash with warm water and dish washing detergent. (Like above). If stain persists, scrub with a scouring paste containing bleach. Rinse with clean water, and repeat if needed.

Watermarks

Wash with hot water and Ph. neutral dish washing detergent, if stain doesn’t go away, scrub with a scouring paste that contains bleach. Rinse and dry repeating if needed.

When cleaning marble it is always a good idea to avoid cleaners such as Ajax or Jif as these cleaners are abrasive and may scratch the surface of your marble finish.

Reselling your marble floor is as easy as waxing a floor and should be done annually to keep them stain resistant, products for these can be brought at a home improvement shop, builders and cleaning supplies.

Tips to remember,

Never use vinegar, lemons or other acid based cleaning product on marble, and also try a small patch test first if unsure of any method

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    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      5 years ago from Australia

      Thanks so much for your thoughts and your link to good commercial options

      I do appreciate it :)

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      auntiepreneur 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for a well written article. But I must admit, after making all sorts of home made solutions, I still prefer using professional grade products for keeping my marble and granite in top condition. The ones I tried from here work like magic: http://www.marble-cleaning-products.com/

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      5 years ago from Australia

      I ANSI glad you found something useful here:)

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks so much for stopping in, Marble is an expensive stone and if you are going to install it then it helps to have different ways to look after it, thanks for the link I will be sure to check it out!

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      Rose 

      6 years ago

      Well written. Thanks for sharing this post. It is really quite expensive to install a marble and little bit hard to maintain though. You just need to have a right approach and right products, I've also found a helpful site that offers safe and effective products for the marble care and cleaning, http://www.marble-cleaning-products.com, hope it helps! :)

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad that you liked them, it can be often confusing just knowing where to start sometimes :)

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      whoahh that's very great tips Nighthag!

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for adding your thoughts here, marble is such a beautiful stone that many are confused about the right way to clean it. I am glad of your visit and your link thank you

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      ackley 

      6 years ago

      Nice articles...It depends on what type of marble you have If you would like to clean granite marble floor it can be a quite simple task. Though, you do require taking care with marble as it is flat to damage by acid based products because it is a calcium-based product. I think if you will proper cleaning of granite worktops so it always be shiny, keeping it fresh and make sure that it is for all time free of stain. Granite can easily be preserve by mop up any spillage, always cleaning the countertop with hot soapy water and exposure to air it with a soft cloth if possible white.

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    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Selink

      I am a big fan of this trend growing in popularity, with so many different natural options available today it is encouraging to see more and more people wanting a eco-friendly way to clean...

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia

      HAving never had a marble fireplace I can only imagine that as long as its marble then the above tips should help, when in doubt with any cleaning product i do highly recommend trying a spot test first to check..

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      Mary 

      6 years ago

      Will peroxide remove white residue from marble gas fireplace surround

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Thank you so much for the vote up I am simply thrilled that you found these tips useful

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      Nancy McClintock 

      6 years ago from Southeast USA

      Great tips. Well constructed. I have to give you a vote up!!!

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad that you found these tips and can only hope that they work as well for you as they have for me :)

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      MidwestJerseyGirl 

      6 years ago from Western Suburbs of Chicago

      Wow what a great Hub. I have been looking for a way to clean the soap scum from my Marble shower. I am going to try the peroxide tomorrow! Vote Up and Useful.

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