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How to clean marble in bathroom?

Posted by linnea56 (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 11, 14 at 9:19

My son just bought a condo. It has white and grey marble in the master bath: on the floor, countertops, and bath/shower walls. I have never had to clean much marble so I promised to find out what was safe to use on it. I use Method all purpose spray cleaner on my granite, but I don't know if that is safe for marble, which is much softer.

I am especially concerned about the shower walls. It looks like, though it was obviously cleaned as well as possible before being put on the market, the marble is not shiny anymore. Same for one area of the countertop. The condo is about 6 years old. (Also, he is a young bachelor, a medical resident, and works non-stop. I know he will not be vigilant about keeping anything very clean. So stuff will build up, then taking a big effort to clean before guests come.)

Can you recommend what is safe to clean it with?

Would sealing it help?

Is an automatic shower cleaner like scrubbing bubbles recommended? I use that, but I only have ceramic tile.

I have heard that changing from bar soap to a body wash is good too. Is that true?

Thanks!


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RE: How to clean marble in bathroom?

I have a similar problem, stone floor in my shower and I'm not sure if it's marble. I've found this on line, but haven't used it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Marblelife


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RE: How to clean marble in bathroom?

I have tumbled marble in my bathroom and tried a tile spray to remove the soap buildup as well as Quick n brite. These two did not work for me, though.

After browsing a tile forum I came up with using an ammonia based product. I ended up using pine-sol diluted in my bathtub and a non-scratching scrubby.

Not only did this work, but when I drained my tub the little grip circles on the bottom of my tub were back to white...something that even a soaking with bleach couldn't seem to fix for me.


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RE: How to clean marble in bathroom?

Since marble develop stain easily, so clean the marble and shower surrounds when leaving wet glasses or shampoo bottles sitting too long. Do wash the tiles once a week using a neutral pH cleaner as they are really effective in cleaning process. However, if your marble tile is extensively stained or etched, you may have to call in a company that specializes in marble restoration.


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RE: How to clean marble in bathroom?

The best way to clean marble is to wipe it with a damp cloth using a mild detergent and then wipe it dry. Also for tough stains, try a Salt and a lemon half. The salt will act as an abrassive and the slight acidity from the lemon will bring deposites out from the marble.


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RE: How to clean marble in bathroom?

Is this "real marble" or "cultured marble".

Will make a difference in how you clean it.


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RE: How to clean marble in bathroom?

Cleaning of marble requires extra potential and maintenance, care. You can use most effective, cheap and simple DIY solutions to clean all types of marble, you can use cleaning agent, soft cloth, hot water and specially formulated stone cleaner to clean the marble. You have to sweep and vacuum the marble regularly to let it clean and remove dirt or small rocks.


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RE: How to clean marble in bathroom?

I use a steamer on my basket weave marble. I bought a canister type so I get a significant amount of steam lasting up to 30 minutes,


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