Tips To Help Keep Your Marble Tiles Clean And New-Looking
Marble is a material that has been used in tiling for centuries. Because marble is made of calcium carbonate, its surface is soft, shiny, and porous and can become scratched and attract stains easily. It is important to take care of and keep clean your marble tile surface to keep it lasting its longest and looking its best, so here are some tips to help.
Sweep and Wash
It is easiest to keep your marble tiles looking clean and new by regularly dusting their surface with a microfiber cloth. Depending upon the foot traffic in your home and the rate of dirt accumulation, you may need to sweep your marble tiles several times a week or as much as every day. This will pick up the dust and dirt, preventing its build-up on your marble tile's surface. Sweeping up dirt can also help prevent the dirt from scratching your marble tile's shiny surface. Also, any water or other liquids that become spilled on your marble should be wiped up as soon as possible to prevent stains from occurring.
If your marble tile has become dirty from lack of cleaning, you can take some time to thoroughly clean its surface and get it back to looking beautiful again. First, use a microfiber dry mop to sweep up any dirt and debris from the marble tiles.
To clean your marble tiles, don't use abrasive cleaners, brushes, or sponges, as this will scratch and permanently damage the tile's surface. Mix up a simple cleaning solution with ingredients you may already have at home, which is the best type of cleaning solution to use on the tiles.
To make a marble tile cleaning solution, fill a bucket with one quart of warm water. Then, add three tablespoons of baking soda and a couple squirts of liquid dish soap into the bucket of water. Stir the mixture to combine the ingredients. Dip a soft sponge or wash cloth into the cleaning solution and use it to scrub the surface of your marble tiles to remove any dingy residues. As your cleaning sponge or cloth becomes dirty, rinse it in the sink under clean water. Dry the marble with a towel. Leaving any water on your marble tiles can cause a residue to appear on the surface.
To remove stains from your marble tile, you can apply a small amount of liquid dish detergent onto a wet cloth and scrub the marble. Then, wipe up the cleaner with a clean, wet cloth, and dry the area with a towel.
If the stain is from a tomato or oil sauce and the dish detergent did not lift the stain, you can use liquid dish soap, water, and hydrogen peroxide. Add equal parts of warm water and hydrogen peroxide to a dish along with a small squirt of liquid dish soap. Mix the dish's contents around with a spoon and use this on a wet cloth to scrub at the stain, rinsing with clean water and drying with a towel.
For tougher stains that the above methods won't lift, make a cleaning paste with one cup powdered white chalk or talc, combined with enough water until the mixture is the consistency of frosting. Spray the stained spot of marble tile with water and spread the cleaning paste over the stain in a thick layer. To seal in the moisture and allow the cleaning paste to pull the stain from the marble's porous surface, cover the cleaning paste with plastic cling wrap. Secure the edges of the plastic cling wrap to the marble with masking tape. Allow the cleaning paste to sit on the stains for up to 48 hours. Then, remove the plastic cling wrap and paste and wipe the marble tile with a wet, clean cloth and dry it with a towel.
Use these tips to help keep your marble tiles clean and new-looking. You can also opt to have a professional, such as All American Stone & Tile Care Inc., keep your marble clean.