Marble’s gorgeous white and veined texture means it’s a popular choice for bathrooms. Seen everywhere from shower walls to accessories on the sink, Marble adds a touch of glamour to any room. It’s vast colour range and unique, flecked design makes it a sought-after choice, but as it is considered to be a more precious stone, many feel that maintaining Marble can be a hassle. The truth is, with just a few easy steps, you can keep your Marble sparkling clean and in exceptional condition for years to come. Our team at Surrey Marble are experts in all things stone, and we’ve collated our top tips and advice on how to clean Marble bathroom tiles, and the best ways to maintain your stone.
Cleaning Marble Bathroom Tiles
As simple as using washing up liquid and warm water! This is a super easy method uses products you have lying around your home to achieve fast results.
Simply dilute some gentle washing-up liquid and warm water in a spray bottle and give it a good shake. Then spray across your Marble bathroom tiles, being sure not to saturate the stone, and wiping down with a soft, wet cloth. Next you should use a dry towel or cloth to buff the tile until completely dry and sparkling. We recommend this treatment once or twice a week to keep your tiles clean and maintained.
Dealing with stains
The best way to deal with staining on any marble is to be reactive. As soon as you notice any spills on the stone, use a soft cloth and gentle dabbing motions to avoid moving the spillage onto other areas of the surface. Rinse the cloth and repeat as often as necessary until the cloth is clear. If a stain is left behind, mix a cleaning solution of 12% hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of ammonia and apply to the area with a cloth, then use a damp towel to remove the mixture before drying thoroughly.
Please note that this method is intended for use on lighter coloured stones only, and can damage brown or black marble.
Sealing your Marble
Marble is a porous natural stone so it allows liquids and gases to penetrate its surface. It is particularly important to seal Marble bathroom tiles to protect them from water which can cause permanent damage to the stone.
At Surrey Marble and Granite, we recommend sealing your Marble every 3-6 months to preserve it, allowing you to enjoy it for as long as possible. The good news is, Marble can be sealed very easily at home using just a few products to protect your bathroom tiles from staining.
How to test if your Marble bathroom tiles need sealing
The water drop test is a simple way to find out if your Marble requires sealing. Simply sprinkle a few drops of water on the tiles and see whether the stone darkens after 10-15 minutes. If it has, this means you will need to reseal your Marble.
If you are going to seal your Marble, we would recommend removing any stains prior to doing so otherwise these will be sealed in. Start by thoroughly cleaning and drying your Marble bathroom tiles using the method above, the stone should be as dry as possible to allow the sealant to work effectively.
Water-based impregnating sealers are one of the most effective at protecting your Marble, but if you are unsure we would always advise requesting help from your installer. They will be able to advise on the best products and methods to protect your marble and allow you to enjoy it for as long as possible. For help repairing Marble in your home or a quote to get Marble installed in your home, get in touch with our experts.
Our experts top tips
- Always avoid cleansers with acidic ingredients such as lemon, as this can damage the surface of the marble. Anything with alcohol in it can cause irreversible damage, so we would recommend sticking to pH-neutral cleansers
- Scrubbing brushes and harsh sponges are also best to avoid when dealing with marble as these can leave permanent scratch marks
- Of course in any bathroom, water spillage is common, so mop up any excess liquid as soon as possible as this helps to extend your marbles life and avoid rust marks
- Plastic and metal vacuum cleaner attachments can chip marble, so be mindful when using these near your tiles
- If you are struggling with a stain or other issue with your marble, we would always recommend contacting your supplier or installer for expert advice
Surrey Marble and Granite
For over 20 years, Surrey Marble and Granite have been creating beautiful bespoke stone work surfaces and flooring, as well as more ambitious projects such as fireplaces and even Marble Superyacht interiors! Our years of experience and knowledge mean we’re specialists in our field and pride ourselves on offering a wide range of stones including Marble, Quartz and Granite, in a vast variety of colours and finishes. If you are looking for a gorgeous bespoke feature in your home, get in touch with our experts today.
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