Marble tiles are a perfect way to add elegance and beauty to your home. The natural veining and variety of colour blends in marble tiles are perfect for any home decorating style – from mid-century modern to traditional.
Despite being extremely durable, marble tiles require timely maintenance and regular cleaning to maintain a beautiful appearance. Here’s your detailed guide to cleaning your marble tiles in Melbourne.
How To Clean and Polish Marble Floor Tiles
Step 1: Use Dry Mop
Before using any cleaning solution, make sure you clean trapped loose dust and debris from the tiles. Using a dry dust mop is essential as it will remove excess dirt and make things easier for you while damp mopping.
Step 2: Mix a Cleaning Solution
In a container, mix a correct ratio of warm water and a mild, neutral pH cleaning agent. You can either use a special cleaning agent for marble or dilute a few drops of dishwashing soap and water. Now, use another container and fill it with clean water for rinsing the tiles.
Step 3: Mop and Rinse
Once you are ready with the cleaning solution, start mopping. First, dip a soft cotton cloth or microfiber mop in the cleaning solution, wring it well, and clean small areas first. Working in a small area will help remove dirt quickly and efficiently.
As you complete the area, dip another mop in clean water and carefully rinse the freshly mopped floor to remove any potential soapy residue and keep the marble from yellowing and looking dull.
Step 4: Manage Tough Stains
For tough stains, use the following methods:
Use a dry tennis ball and gently rub off the scuff from the marble tiles.
For Ink Stains:
Soak a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol and place it over the ink stains. Leave it for a few minutes, and then gently rub the inked surface. Repeat the process until the ink is removed and rinse the area with clean water.
For Organic Stains:
Soak a soft cloth with 12% hydrogen peroxide and place it over the stain for about 10 minutes. Repeat the process until the stain is removed and rinse the area with clean water.
For Oily Stains:
For oily stains, mix a consistent amount of warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid to clean the surface. If the stain remains, sprinkle a handful of cornstarch on the oily area and let it sit for at least four hours. Repeat the process until the stain goes away.
Step 5: Dry and Buff the Floor
Once you remove the stains and clean the soapy area, use a soft, microfiber cloth to dry the marble flooring. For a more polished look, work the microfiber cloth in large circles over the surface. Make sure you remove excess water from the marble tiles to prevent stains.
How To Clean Grout Between Marble Tiles
- Before cleaning the grout, make sure you tape the sides of the marble tiles.
- Now use a stiff-bristle toothbrush and wet it with warm water. Take a small amount of baking soda on the bristles and gently scrub the grout between the marble tiles.
- Once you remove the dirt, rinse the grout with warm water and then clean it with a dry soft cloth.
Tips for Maintaining Marble Tiles and Avoiding Damage
Since marble tiles are a perfect example of luxury and elegance, it is essential to preserve the sensitive surface. Here are a few tips to maintain and avoid potential damage to your marble flooring.
- Use non-skid mats inside and outside of high traffic areas to prevent the spread of dirt throughout your home.
- Avoid using cleaners with vinegar or lemon as they could etch your marble surfaces.
- Place a plastic or silicone sheet on a marble countertop while preparing food. For hot pots and pans, use a trivet for extra protection.
- Avoid using abrasive cleaning agents and cleaners with vinegar, lemon or orange as it could etch your marble surfaces. Instead, use a pH-neutral cleaner designed for marble cutoffs and tiles.
- When you spill something, blot it up right away to avoid staining your marble flooring.
- Dust and clean marble tiles at least once a week.
Some Marble Cleaning Questions You Might Have In Your Mind
What Cleaning Products Are Safe To Use on Marble?
We recommend you use soft cotton cloths and clean rag mops along with neutral cleaners, mild liquid dishwashing soap mixed with water, or marble stone cleaners.
What Is The Best Cleaner For Marble Tile?
There are 1000+ natural stone tile cleaners in the market. Always ensure you use a cleaner for marble tiles that is pH neutral. Use any of these products:
- A highly diluted mixture of pH-neutral products and water
- A diluted solution of dish-washing soap and water
- Baking soda
- Light dish-washing detergent
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Rubbing alcohol
How Do I Get My Marble Tiles To Shine Again?
By using non-abrasive cleaning agents and following our maintenance tips, you will definitely achieve shiny marble tiles.
We have an extensive range of elegant marble slabs in Melbourne that will beautify your space. Visit our showroom to check out our collection of White Marble in Melbourne or reach out by calling (03) 87538127.