7 Tips for Cleaning Bathroom Marble

Marble is a elegant and timeless material that is commonly used in bathrooms for its luxurious appearance and durability. However, cleaning bathroom marble requires special care to avoid damaging its surface. Here are 7 essential tips on how to properly clean bathroom marble to keep it looking pristine for years to come.

Cleaning marble with natural stone cleaner

Use Soft, Non-Abrasive Cleaning Tools

Marble is a delicate material that can easily scratch or etch when exposed to abrasive cleaners or tools. Avoid using harsh brushes, scouring pads, or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the surface of the marble. Instead, use soft, non-abrasive cleaning tools, such as microfiber cloths, soft bristle brushes, or mop heads to clean your bathroom marble.

Clean Up Spills Promptly

Marble is porous and can easily absorb liquids, which can cause staining. Therefore, it is essential to clean up spills immediately to prevent them from penetrating the surface of the marble. Use a soft cloth or paper towel to blot spills, rather than wiping them, to avoid spreading the liquid and causing further damage to the marble.

Avoid Acidic Cleaners

Acidic cleaners, such as vinegar, lemon juice, or some commercial bathroom cleaners, can etch and dull the surface of marble. Avoid using acidic cleaners on your bathroom marble, as they can cause permanent damage. Instead, opt for pH-neutral, marble-specific cleaners that are specifically formulated for cleaning marble surfaces. Be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully when using any cleaning product on your bathroom marble.

Regularly Dust and Sweep

Regular dusting and sweeping can help prevent dirt, dust, and debris from scratching the surface of your bathroom marble. Use a soft microfiber cloth or a soft bristle brush to gently dust and sweep the marble surface, paying attention to corners, edges, and crevices where dirt can accumulate.

Protect Marble from Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains

Soap scum and hard water stains can dull the shine of marble and make it appear dirty. To prevent soap scum and hard water stains, wipe down your bathroom marble regularly with a soft cloth or sponge after each use. If soap scum or hard water stains have already formed, use a marble-specific cleaner or a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap to gently clean the surface.

Close up of a hand using sealer on a bathroom marble countertop.

Seal Your Marble

Sealing your bathroom marble regularly can help protect it from stains, etching, and damage. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions or seek professional advice to determine the appropriate sealant for your specific type of marble, and apply it according to the recommended frequency.

Avoid Heavy Items on Marble Surfaces

Marble can be susceptible to cracks or scratches from heavy items or sharp objects. Avoid placing heavy items, such as toiletry bottles, on your bathroom marble surface for extended periods of time. Use trays or coasters to protect the marble surface from direct contact with heavy or sharp objects.

Cleaning bathroom marble requires gentle care and the use of marble-specific cleaners and soft tools. Regular maintenance, such as prompt spill cleanup, dusting, and sealing, can help preserve the natural beauty of your bathroom marble and ensure it remains a stunning focal point in your bathroom for years to come. Remember to always read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions and seek professional advice if you have any concerns about cleaning or maintaining your bathroom marble. With proper care, your bathroom marble will continue to shine and impress for generations to come.

Finished sealed marble bathroom counter.

Time needed: 10 minutes

How to Clean Marble Bathroom Counters

  1. Clear off counter top

    Remove large items off the top of the counter so that you can clean effectively.

  2. Sweep off large debris

    Use a soft cloth to gently remove and large debris or hairs off of the counter.

  3. Spray on a marble-friendly cleaner

    Only use bathroom cleaners that are made for marble and natural stone. Using a acidic or harsh cleaner can ruin the marble.

  4. Gently scrub with a soft cloth

    Wipe the counters gently with a soft cloth so that the cleaner can do its job.

  5. Rinse and repeat

    Rinse the cloth and run it over the counter again, repeat steps 3-5 if necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you clean marble with Dawn soap?

Yes, regular Dawn dish soap is gentle enough to use on marble.

Can you clean marble with vinegar?

No, vinegar is too acidic and may etch the marble.

Can you use Windex on marble?

No, Windex usually contains ammonia which is way too harsh for marble.

Can you use a Magic Eraser on marble?

No, a Magic Eraser is too abrasive and can etch the marble.

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