When I remodeled my Master Bathroom, I worried that marble tile might be hard to clean or easy to etch. I went back and forth for a few weeks about whether or not I should even use marble tile in my shower.
But, after doing some research, I found out that it’s actually pretty QUICK & EASY to clean marble shower tile and grout.
Now, let’s get to everything you need to know to about how to clean marble shower grout and tile!
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Table of contents
- How to Clean Marble Shower Tile And Grout
- What I Use to Clean Marble in Showers
- How to Clean Marble Showers
- Marble Safe Grout Cleaner For Mold & Mildew
- How to Clean Grout in Marble Showers
- Best Grout Cleaner For Marble Showers
- How to Clean Shower Glass with Marble or Stone Tile
- How to Seal Marble Tile
- Are Marble Showers Hard to Clean
How to Clean Marble Shower Tile And Grout
Seeing something done always helps me understand things better. So, I made a short video showing how to clean a marble shower: floors, walls, and grout.
Watch this short video for a quick walk through of How to Clean Marble Shower Grout & Tile weekly, safely get rid of mildew, and how to seal marble tile in a shower. Keep scrolling for written steps.
What I Use to Clean Marble in Showers
UPDATE: 4 Years later, I’m still using these steps to clean marble shower floors and walls. And, the tile and grout still looks as good as it did when I installed it.
- Dawn Dish Soap
- Soft-Bristle Toothbrush or Scotch-Brite Dishwand or Similar
- Marblelife Mold & Mildew Stain Remover Or StoneTech Mold & Mildew Remover
- Black Diamond Granite Sealer
Here’s a quick look at how to clean marble shower grout and tile. You can read more detailed steps below.
- About once a week, scrub the grout and tile with Dawn Dish Soap mixed with warm water. I originally used a toothbrush to scrub, but these days I use a Scotch-Brite Dishwand.
- Every 2 to 3 weeks, spray the marble tile and grout with a Mold & Mildew remover that is safe on stone, like marble. I use StoneTech Mold & Mildew Remover.
- Every 6 months, after cleaning, rinsing, and drying my tile, I apply Black Diamond Granite Sealer to seal the marble tile.
How to Clean Marble Showers
It’s pretty easy to clean marble showers. About once a week, with the shower running, I scrub my shower with a Scoth-Brite Dishwand full of Dawn Dish Soap.
Be sure to get all of the grout and tiles. Then, rinse off all of the soap before it dries.
You can use other dish soap’s, just make sure they say they are “soft” or PH neutral AND that they don’t contain extra ingredients like skin moisturizers, scents, etc.
You should avoid using any rough or abrasive scrubbers on marble tile. Marble tile is porous, and kind of soft (for a stone). It can be scratched by hard scrub brushes and cleaning pads.
Dawn dish soap is a great, mild cleaner for stone tile. But, it won’t prevent mildew growth in wet areas, like your shower. So, you’ll also need a grout cleaner safe for marble that can kill mold and mildew.
Marble Safe Grout Cleaner For Mold & Mildew
Once every 3 to 5 weeks, I spray on Marblelife Mold and Mildew Stain Remover or StoneTech Mold and Mildew Remover.
You want to make sure all of the grout is wet with this spray to kill mildew and mold on marble shower tile and grout.
Then let that soak in and work for 5 minutes before washing it all off with water. This has a strong smell, but it works, so run the fan to get rid of those fumes.
You can see the before and after of the mildew on my marble tile in the video below.
How to Clean Grout in Marble Showers
The easiest way I’ve found to clean grout in marble showers is actually pretty simple. Once a week, I scrub the grout and tiles with Original Dawn Dish Soap mixed with hot water.
Be sure to use a marble safer scrubber, like a soft bristle toothbrush or a Scotch-Brite Dishwand.
Then, once every 2 or 3 weeks, I spray the grout with a Marble Safe Mold & Mildew cleaner. That spray kills and prevents all that gross pink mildew growth.
I’ve been using this simple two-step process for cleaning marble shower grout for 5 years now. And, I’m happy to report that my marble tile and grout still looks great!
Best Grout Cleaner For Marble Showers
There isn’t just 1 best grout cleaner for marble showers, there are actually a handful that work really well AND are also safe to use on natural stone like marble.
Here’s a few of my favorite marble safe grout cleaners.
- Stonetech Mold & Mildew Cleaner
- Black Diamond Stoneworks Ultimate Grout Cleaner
- Granite Gold Grout Cleaner
Be sure to follow the directions on whichever you choose to get the best results cleaning marble shower floor and wall grout. See more tips in How To Clean Marble Shower Grout.
How to Clean Shower Glass with Marble or Stone Tile
Again, I found a pretty easy way to clean those annoying hard water stains off of the glass in our shower.
I have a new step by step blog post and video showing exactly how I use vinegar and baking soda to safely clean a shower glass door with vinegar and baking soda.
BUT, be careful. You shouldn’t let vinegar touch your marble tile. AND, mixing the vinegar and baking soda together ruins it’s ability to clean anything.
Watch this 7 minute video for ALL of the details.
How to Seal Marble Tile
Sealing the marble tile is pretty easy too. Marble should be sealed once a year, unless it’s in a high traffic area. I consider a shower a pretty high traffic area. How about you?
So, I seal my shower tile about every 6 months. You’ll know when it needs to be sealed. It will darken when it gets wet because it’s absorbing water.
Seal a clean dry shower by spraying Black Diamond Granite Sealer onto a clean rag, then wipe it into the tile in a circular motion.
Keep spraying the sealer and wiping on until you’ve finished all of the tile. You don’t need to saturate the tile with the sealer, but it should look slightly wet across the whole tile.
Are Marble Showers Hard to Clean
Not at all. I’m happy to say, I’ve had a full marble tile shower in our Master Bathroom for 2 YEARS and it’s super easy to clean!
But, marble does have a bad reputation for being high maintenance. You can see what I use to clean my marble tile and my easy cleaning schedule below.
But, first let’s talk about what isn’t safe on marble and stone tile.
It’s good to know what to avoid around marble tile, so you know what can be used to clean the tile and to safely clean a shower glass door in a marble or stone shower.
Check the Label Before Using A Cleaner
You should avoid using most of those popular store-bought cleaners. They generally contain strong chemicals that can etch, stain, or dull your marble or natural stone tile.
You have to read cleaners carefully to make sure they are safe on natural-stone, like marble.
Make sure the label says safe on marble or your type of stone. If the label doesn’t mention stone or marble specifically, I wouldn’t use it.
Cleaners with a high pH (acidic) can etch marble and stone, dulling the shine and possibly pitting the stone.
And, vinegar is a popular natural cleaner but it is too acidic for marble and natural-stone. Do not use vinegar on marble.
I do use vinegar to clean a shower glass door with marble. But, I’m very careful to keep the vinegar away from the tile.
That’s it for my best marble bathroom cleaning tips. I hoped that helped give you the confidence to pick a good marble tile cleaner and get started.
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That’s it for how to clean marble shower grout and tile. Let me know if you have questions.
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Stephanie Abbott has been remodeling homes, updating & building furniture, and working on DIY home maintenance and cleaning tips for over 20 years. Her remodeling has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. And, her DIY YouTube channel has had more than 8 million views.
Most of the DIY tutorials and videos on this site focus on beginner to intermediate level DIY Projects that can be done in an affordable way without high-end, expensive tools. All of the cleaning tips on this website have been tested in her home.