Marble worktops and tiles can be a beautiful choice for your home but special care is needed to ensure they last and stay in a beautiful state.
If you find that you have watermarks on your marble floor tiles you can follow these helpful steps to know how to clean them and get your tiles back to a lovely marbly shine.
- First you will need to know if you are dealing with a watermark or an etch mark. Etching is when the surface of the marble has come into contact with something acidic and it has eaten away a bit of the surface.
TIP: The two marks can appear similar but they need different procedures and products to clean them.
How to identify:
Don't worry, you don't need to be the Sherlock Holmes of tiles! To identify which you have just run your finger over the mark.
- Watermarks are likely to leave the surface slightly raised (they can also attract more dirt or scum)
- Etch marks will leave more of a small dent in the area.
Our recommended way to deal with a watermark is to use very fine #0000 wire wool.
- Dry the area and then gently rub the wire wool over the watermark in a circular motion until it disappears.
- You can then use a marble cleaner and a soft clean towel to finish and to give you a nice polished surface.
A marble cleaner we recommend is:
Method Daily Granite Cleaner (for Graniter, Marble and Stone)
Amazon sell it for around £8
Again, Amazon sell this one for around £35
- Clean the area around the etch mark and then sprinkle the polishing power onto it.
- Spray the powder 2 or 3 times with water and gently scrub with a cloth that is lightly sprayed with water. 20 seconds to a minute should do.
TIP: Careful not to scrub too hard. Work quickly rather than applying too much pressure. If the mark remains you can go a bit harder or repeat the process.
If neither option has helped you may need to contact a professional marble cleaning company for further advice.
One popular example is the Cararra Marble worktop. It's pretty affordable compared to some granite and quartz options and the marble looks beautiful but it does require specific care and routine maintenance to keep its beauty.
TIP: Consider using a seal to prevent the build up of dirt and to protect the marble. We recommend Lithofin MN Stain-Stop It's safe for use where food is handled.
The first thing to do before sealing it is to ensure that it is really clean.
How to clean it?
We recommend using Lithofin MN Power Clean to do this. When it is fully dry,
(leave for 24 hours if you can) the best product to use to seal it would be either Lithofin MN Stain-stop or Lithofin Stain-stop ECO.
The first one is solvent based but leaves no harmful residue when dry and the stain-stop ECO is water based.
Use Stain-stop ECO once a year to provide optimal protection.
Follow the instructions with the products carefully and your carrera worktops should have a long and happy stain resistant life.
It's important to note that the sealants protect the worktop surface from oil and water. Anything acidic will still cause etching to occur.
Important to know is that marble is not acid resistant, so avoid vinegar, wine, ketchup etc. from coming into contact with the worktop. The STAIN -STOP products won't protect the marble against acidity. If you have stains of this type, known as an etch mark, they will probably be clear or whitish in colour and this physical damage to the surface of the marble so it will need to be polished with an etch remover product before going ahead with the process of sealing it.
(See the polishing powder above and follow the method above)
The most likely cause of these patches is black spore that will have developed with moisture on the tiles.
- You can then re-seal the tiles after cleaning them if you do end up having to use Wax Off. Use Stain-Stop-W to do this.
We have found most Lithofin products are available to buy on Amazon or check their website for stockists near you.