You can't use common cleaners like bleach, vinegar, and ammonia since these will etch marble (travertine and limestone too) leaving dull and discolored spots, rings, or spray marks.
Also bad are nearly all name-brand cleaners. Windex, 409, Tilex, Lime Away, Kaboom, CLR, and Lysol.... nearly all such household cleaners are too harsh for cleaning marble and will also damage and etch the surface.
Unfortunately, even some cleaners labeled "for marble" are very poor performers. Most of these tend to be generic type cleaners with a "marble" label sold in some stores.
Avoid any type of abrasive cleaners or pads or you may scratch the finish.
The best products or agents to use for cleaning marble, granite or any natural stone is a specifically formulated professional product safe for marble cleaning like the spray suggested above.
Granite is a little more forgiving and will not etch immediately with use of generic or harsh products, but that's almost worse since you won't notice the damage and dullness for months to years.
One day you look at your granite tops and think... "geez these used to be real shiny". And re-polishing granite requires professional help.
The "Heavy Duty" version is used for dirty grout and other built up grime.
Marble Cleaning Products for the Bathroom
Shower & Tub
This Bath & Shower Kit takes care of all your bathroom cleaning needs with the following cleaners:
Soap Scum & Hard Water Cleaner (Regular Shower Cleaner)
Mold & Mildew Cleaner
Soap scum or film is the primary cleaning issue in a shower which is why the above cleaner is the best to use as your regular weekly shower cleaner and/or for the bathtub and surround.
Marble Cleaners for Special Situations
Etching, Glass Rings, Dull Spots
The ETCH REMOVER / Marble polishing product is made specifically for this purpose. Unlike dull granite noted above... marble etching can almost always be repaired by the homeowner. (This product for polished marble only).
The Hard Water / Soap Scum Remover will remove hard water stains and mineral deposits without ruining your marble. This problem is usually seen as a crusty white film around sinks and faucets or as a film in the shower.
Cleaning soap scum on marble is a snap using the same product as above to remove hard water deposits. Soap scum is primarily a problem for a marble shower, but can occur anywhere soap is used regularly.
I am inheriting a white marble coffee table and a rose marble dresser with two matching night stands.
They have been in my family for over 60 years and are in mint condition.
I have an active family with children and pets. I would like to know the best way to take care of and preserve these pieces. Thank you for any information.
First, you'll find extensive information aboutmarble, repair, maintenance and Marble Care: Do's & Don'ts on various pages of this website to give you general guidelines to follow on a regular basis.
The most detailed and comprehensive step-by-step "how to" information that includes absolutely everything you'll ever want or need to know about cleaning marble, sealing marble, general care including simple DIY solutions for any problems you might encounter and marble cleaner recommendations is in the Cleaning Marble Secrets Guide.
But bare bones basics... you'll want to always use trivets, coasters, and place mats to avoid contact with any acidic foods or drinks that will etch and dull the surface finish.
The best products are those specifically made safe for cleaning marble as detailed above (at the top of the page). Most common and brand-name household cleaners will cause dull etch marks.
Of course, it isn't the cheapest, but in the long run, it saves you time, effort, and repair hassle. You get many cleanings from one bottle without ever risking damage and your marble floor tile will look stunning... it's worth it!
Where can I buy the MB marble cleaner in Cambridge, Ontario Canada?
The MB marble cleaner and product line is not available at stores in Canada.
Professional grade stone care products are rarely sold in big box stores or other retail locations even in the US. However, you can order MB products for delivery to Canada and all other countries (see below).
Canada / International Granite & Marble Cleaning Products
What can I clean my marble vanity top with that is not expensive to buy?
Well, that depends on what you consider expensive and also how well do you want to clean and maintain your marble.
Most products are developed for specific uses on certain surfaces.
You wouldn't use Windex on fine wood furniture would you? It's cheap and it will clean it, but it will also damage it. Marble is no different.
All kinds of cheap chemicals will "clean" marble, but also damage it... so, when you ask for "cheap" I can only compare what is appropriate to clean marble with.
I recommend usingGranite & Marble Cleaning spray VALUE KIT because it is perfectly formulated for cleaning marble safely, effectively and streak free so it looks great... it's also the cheapest marble cleaner available.
Hot water is the only other appropriate alternative, which is perfectly fine. It will require a lot more effort to remove any gunk on your countertops, and you'll have to buff it dry to remove streaks, but it won't damage the marble.
Many will recommend using dish soap too, which won't hurt your countertop. That is most soaps are safe, although a few are acidic enough to etch marble.
Using dish soap is not the best idea because eventually a residue builds up and dulls the shine.
This soap film cannot be cleaned by water or even a standard marble cleaner.
You'll need to use a special cleaner formulated to cut through and remove soap scum, which is particularly tough to clean.
Bleach, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and vinegar are cheap, will "clean" marble, but all are too harsh (acidic or caustic) and will definitely damage the marble countertop or floor finish.
So, the cheapest is hot water, which is my primary method and then 2-3 times a week or as needed after a messy meal I use Granite Countertop & Marble Cleaning spray suggested above. I don't use it up very quick, so it's pretty cheap on a yearly basis.