Cleaning Marble: How to Clean Marble
Countertops and Floor Tile

Cleaning marble is simple... but first, you have to learn it's characteristics and the right way to do it. Without the correct knowledge, you will make mistakes and cause damage. Once you learn more about marble qualities, maintenance needs and cleaning procedures and apply the recommended Marble Cleaning: Do's & Dont's, your marble will look fantastic for decades.

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The Tips you find here also apply for travertine maintenance and limestone cleaning, which are in the same family as marble and have the same care and cleaning requirements.

For a complete guide to cleaning marble, travertine & limestone check out our new e-book: "Cleaning Marble Secrets".

This comprehensive manual thoroughly explains with step-by-step instructions all phases of marble maintenance: protection, cleaning, conditioning, repairing, prevention and restoration.... while also debunking many of the marble myths that get passed around the internet. Every marble countertop, shower and floor tile owner should have this valuable information to protect and prolong their investment.

Marble is gorgeous and for many nothing on the market -natural or man-made- can compare with its luxurious beauty. However, it's more sensitive to certain foods and chemicals.

Marble is a stone, of course, but it's not impervious and not nearly as hard or resistant as a granite counter top.

Marble is very durable and will last forever, however, marble cleaning and maintenance is definitely a different game than cleaning granite countertops.

Marble Stains

A common myth is that marble countertops and floors are really porous, stain easy and must be sealed. While in general that is not bad advice, it is not true in many cases and can be dead wrong. When appropriate and found to be porous by testing then applying an impregnating sealer will greatly reduce the chance for marble stains to occur.

When sealing would be beneficial, we suggest using one of these recommended impregnating sealers.

For more information go to our Marble Repair: Chips, Scratches, Stains and Etching page.

Chemical Etching

Etching is a different matter. Marble is sensitive to acidic substances and many common household cleaners, so it can "etch" (corrode and dull the surface) rather easily . . . even when sealed.

Sealing has nothing to do with etching and will not prevent etching.

The acid sensitivity is a factor you need to consider when purchasing and installing marble countertops especially in the kitchen (not recommended) where etching is most troublesome. Marble floors typically aren't as much a problem in the kitchen or elsewhere in the home.

Etching can usually be repaired by the homeowner, but it depends on several variables. You'll find further discussion of etching on the Marble Polishing & Etch Repair page along with helpful information about how a marble surface is "finished" and techniques to polish marble.

Best use of marble is for powder baths, table tops, tub surrounds, a marble shower, floor tile and stone fireplace surrounds.

Again, proper marble care & cleaning is not a big deal once you know how, but it is different than other surfaces and correct procedures are essential for maintaining your countertops and floor tile in top condition.

Here's what you need to know and do:

Read the Marble Cleaning: Do's & Dont's page to help you avoid bad habits and establish a safe method for marble cleaning.

It's important to know that cleaning marble with generic and/or most typical and brand-name household products is a common cause of marble damage.

Using only products formulated specifically for cleaning marble will save you all the hassle and headache of time-consuming and costly repairs or re-polishing. There are many marble cleaning products on the market... some are good, but many aren't worth using even if they were free....


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Like staining, etching, scratches, sealing or just want to know everything A to Z about marble maintenance, then I suggest you check out our NEW ebook "Cleaning Marble Secrets"... it completely covers the topic in-depth and will answer all you question providing the simplest, low-cost solution to any cleaning or maintenance issue.

Or you can read answers to common questions asked by visitors listed below....

Questions & Answers about Cleaning Marble

Learn even more! Click on the links below to see common visitor questions with complete answers and great info....

faded color marble medallion 
QUESTION: I live in Los Angeles. September 15, I laid a new marble medallion outside in our entryway. I sealed it with a Sealant/Enhancer (Sept 17). …

Marble Floor Moisture & Efflorescence Stains 
QUESTION: We've been experiencing some problems with our marble floor because of water seeping out from the underneath the floor. We eventually got someone …

Cleaning Marble Floor Sunscreen Spot 
QUESTION: My son got sunscreen all over the marble floor. I'm finding it very difficult to clean. I tried some soap and water but it is still there. …

Remove Water Stains on Carrara Marble 
QUESTION: How do you remove water stains from Carrara marble? ANSWER: The "water stains" you are seeing on your marble are not from water and they …

Removing curling iron burn mark from white cultured marble vanity top 
QUESTION: I have a 72" all in one piece (sinks, top) white cultured marble vanity top. Unfortunately, I left a straightening iron on and burned …

Grouting White Marble with Black (Charcoal) Grout 
QUESTION: I just installed a 12x12 marble (polished) checkerboard (white and black) tile in my laundry room. The wife wants black grout (charcoal). Will …

Cleaning Travertine Stains on Honed Bathroom Countertop 
QUESTION: Our master bath has honed travertine slab countertops. They have numerous stains particularly around the sinks. 1. How do you remove stains? …

Carrara Marble Kitchen Benchtops 
QUESTION: I am designing a new kitchen and have fallen in love with the Carrara marble. Everywhere I look whether it be on the internet searching for …

Hot Pans on Carrara Marble 
QUESTION: I am wondering if I can place HOT pans on the marble? A pot of boiling water, or a glass pan right out of the oven? Can the marble stand …

Cleaning Marble Floor Stain & Dullness 
QUESTION: Hi, my son poured something all over my bathroom marble floor. I cleaned it up immediately but maybe not well enough. I have these dull spots …

Algae Circling My Marble Sink's Drain 
QUESTION: The marble sink (very light colored with golden swirls) in my bathroom has serious etching damage around the drain hole. The faucet has …

Slippery Marble Shower Floor 
QUESTION: The marble shower floor has become slippery, can this be fixed? Yes, it is definitely marble and not a laminate. ANSWER: Well, if it has …

New Marble Floor Tile Turns Green 
QUESTION: In summer 2008 we had a new house built in Cyprus with high quality marble floor tiles throughout. The colour was mainly pale shades of …

Hazy Film On New Marble Floor 
QUESTION: We just has a marble (natural polished stone) floor & tub surround installed in our bathroom. There is a haze on the tile from the install …

Dyeing Marble Tile 
QUESTION: My wife would like a flower mosaic inserted into our marble floor design. I'm looking for colored marble tiles, but also would like to …

Cleaning Hard Water Stains On Marble and Granite 
QUESTION: Please advise tips to remove hard water stains on marble and granite countertops as I am facing a severe problem. I am unable to use any …

Honed Marble Countertop Cleaning 
QUESTION: The countertops in my kitchen are honed marble. So, first, does this mean I do or don't seal them? Second- do I use an abrasive pad on spots, …

Water Ring Marks On Kitchen Marble Tile 
QUESTION: We moved into our new home December 31st, 2007. I chose marble tile for our kitchen counter top and raised bar in the kitchen. We love the …

Cultured Marble Shower 
QUESTION: I have just learned that my badly stained shower floor is Romastone man-made marble. Will stain remover made for marble clean this up? Any …

Marble Vanity Top Water Spots 
QUESTION: I have a polished marble vanity top in my guest bath and honed marble on my bedroom furniture. My guest bath seems to get the most use. …

Corian Countertop Tomato Stain 
QUESTION: I laid tomatoes on the corian counter to ripen. They left a yellow stain that I cannot remove. Tried 409, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide. All …

Mr Clean Magic Eraser Marble Countertop Damage 
QUESTION: We installed honed marble...white with grey/beige veining. Our grown kids were visiting...got a water mark on it, and my daughter in law used …

Granite Counter Tops Leaching Green Stains 
QUESTION: I am having a problem with granite counters. We have had them for four months. Green is leaching through on edges, near seams and on top. The …

White Marble Tiles Turning Gray In Shower Not rated yet
QUESTION: We installed sealed, white marble in our walk-in shower on the floor and walls. The bottom 1 1/2 rows of tiles on 2 walls are turning gray. …

Cleaning Marble Countertop Kaboom Damage  Not rated yet
QUESTION: I used "Kaboom" cleaner on my marble countertop and faucet. I nearly died when I found out it dulled it completely and left marks. …

Cleaning Marble Headstones, Sculptures & Statues Not rated yet
QUESTION: How to clean and polish my marble headstone? ANSWER: I'd suggest first using this Intensive Natural Stone Cleaner for removing surface …

Sealing Marble Countertops & Floor Tile Not rated yet
QUESTION: What would you recommend for sealing caraba marble (white with light grey markings)? ANSWER: Just to clarify... the type of stone you …

CLR Spill on Man-Made Granite Vanity Top Not rated yet
QUESTION: I left a sponge damp with CLR on my black vanity top leaving a white mark with the sponge shape. ANSWER: You say "man-made granite". Well, …

Cleaning Marble Hair Spray Build Up Not rated yet
QUESTION: Green marble is dulled and has dry, slightly rough touch from my wife's liberal use of hair spray. ANSWER: Some bath and personal products …

Cleaning Marble Floor Tile Dirt and Stains Not rated yet
QUESTION: I bought a blighted house after Hurricane Katrina. The house has a black and white marble tile floor in the kitchen. The problem is that the …

Cleaning Yellow Marble Countertop Not rated yet
QUESTION: How do I get yellowing out of an ivory marble countertop? ANSWER: The solution for cleaning yellowed marble countertops depends on what …

Marble Vanity Top Dark Spot Not rated yet
QUESTION: I have a marble vanity in my bathroom. Someone splashed water on it and left it without drying it off. Now it looks as if it has left a stain. …

Waxing Dull Marble Table Not rated yet
QUESTION: I have a marble table that Mop and Glow was put on it. We tried taking it off with Lysol and amonia and some came off and now half the table …

Marble Vanity Top Getting Cloudy Not rated yet
QUESTION: My marble vanity countertop in the master bedroom is getting "cloudy" and is no longer smooth to the touch. What do you reccomend to get it …

Cultured Marble Countertops Cleaning Not rated yet
QUESTION: Cultured Marble Countertops This is a L shaped countertop 78" x 62". Can it be stripped or sanded with electric sander and then sealed? …

Corian Sink Stain Not rated yet
QUESTION: The corian marble sink is dyed pink, how do i make that go away? ANSWER: First, Corian is not marble. Corian is not stone. It is a man-made …

Nail Polish Remover On White Marble Not rated yet
QUESTION: How do I remove nail polish remover? Marble is white. ANSWER: Nail polish remover is usually acetone (which does not damage or stain marble) …

Water Under Marble Shower Floor Tile Not rated yet
QUESTION: Lysol 4 in 1 was used on our tumbled marble shower (this is dull not shiny marble) a few times. Recently we noticed in certain parts of the …

Sealing Carrara Marble Not rated yet
QUESTION: What is the best sealant for Carrara marble in a bathroom--walls and countertop? Thanks ANSWER: The top two sealers I recommend are SenGuard …

Cleaning Marble & Travertine Shower Solutions Not rated yet
QUESTION: How do I clean honed marble counter tops and travertine shower? ANSWER: Cleaning marble counter tops and a travertine shower is simple. …

Cleaning Marble Dining Table Not rated yet
QUESTION: How to clean marble dinning tables, coffee tables and end tables? ANSWER: Well, that depends on what the problem is. First, you always …

Cleaning Marble Juice Stains Not rated yet
QUESTION: Help! My son spilled orange juice on the marble countertop surface, and it stained...what can I do??? Thank you! ANSWER: Cleaning marble …

Oil On Marble Kitchen Countertop Not rated yet
QUESTION: We are considering a Carrara marble counter on a kitchen island which has a stove in the center. Is it a problem with cooking oil absorbing …

Cleaning Marble Tile Shower Mildew Not rated yet
QUESTION I have a marble tile shower with a big mold and mildew problem. I have tried the stone tech and others to seal it 2-3 times a year, but …

Protection For Exterior Marble Not rated yet
QUESTION: I read in another Q&A that you don't recommend sealing marble that will be used in wet/exterior conditions. Can you give me more details on …

How To Clean & Shine A Large Marble Floor Not rated yet
QUESTION: I work for a hospital. The traffic area where this floor is is by the public elevators. Off the shelf product are not allowed to be purchased …

Cleaning Marble Floor Wax & Dirty Grout Not rated yet
QUESTION: In our kitchen and living area is a white to cream colored marble floor tile with a wood inlaid border which is again inlaid with brass. …

Marble For Kitchen Countertop Dilemma Not rated yet
QUESTION: I have found a marble slab that I really love and would like to use it for my kitchen countertops. But I keep reading about how marble is easily …

Marble Rust Stain Removal Not rated yet
QUESTION: I have tried every product out there (Stone Care International included). Also, plastic coverings over lumps of product on the rust stain …

Cleaning Marble Fireplace Damage Not rated yet
QUESTION: We have a historic house in Baltimore city with a white marble fireplace mantel and surround stained by smoke. What is the best way to …

How To Remove Glue From Marble Not rated yet
QUESTION: How do I remove glue from a marble table top? ANSWER: A razor blade will take the glue off your marble table top. Buy a new, sharp …

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