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How to Clean Marble Shower Tile and Get Rid of Mildew

Easy to follow DIY steps for How to Clean Marble Shower Tile, safely get rid of that gross pink mold and mildew, and seal your marble.

How to Clean Marble Shower Tile

Do you remember when I remodeled my Master Bathroom? I have to admit, I was kind of worried about all of that marble tile I was installing.

It’s beautiful tile, guys! But, I thought that marble tile might be hard to clean or easy to etch and stain.

In fact, I went back and forth for a few weeks about whether or not I should use marble tile in my shower.

Well, I was wrong, it’s actually pretty QUICK & EASY to clean marble shower tile and safely get rid of that mold and mildew.

Check out my Before & After Master Bathroom Remodel for more pictures and DIY’s from that remodel

Easy to follow DIY steps for How to Clean Marble Shower Tile, safely get rid of that gross pink mold and mildew, and seal your marble. With How-To Video and DIY Marble Tile Cleaning Steps.
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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 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, I wouldn’t use it.

Cleaners with a high pH (acidic) can etch marble and stone, dulling the shine and possibly pitting the stone.

Vinegar is a popular household 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.

What I Use

Here’s a list of everything I use to Clean Marble Shower Tile or Marble Bathroom Tile.

Watch this short video for a quick walk through of How to Clean Marble Shower Tile weekly, safely get rid of mildew, and how to seal your marble in a shower.

How to Clean Marble Shower Tile, Kill Mildew, & Seal - Easy DIY Works on Marble and Stone Tile

How to Clean Marble Shower Tiles

About once a week, I squirt about a tablespoon of Dawn Dish Soap into a plastic container before heading into the shower.

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.

Once I’m in the shower, I add water to the dish soap in the container and use an old soft-bristled toothbrush and a soft cloth to scrub the tile and grout clean.

You should avoid using any rough or abrasive scrubbers on marble tile.

How to Clean Marble Tiles and Get Rid of Mildew and Mold.
Make sure to clean that soap and shampoo build up on marble tile to prevent mildew and mold growth.

Marble tile is porous, and kinda soft (for a stone). It can be scratched by hard scrub brushes and cleaning pads.

I’ve been using a non-abrasive 3M Scrub Dots wash cloth with little plastic dots on one side as a way to scrub away shampoo and soap residue in the grout. They also make a Scrub Dots Sponge you can see here.

AND, I try to dry off the tiles every time I use the shower. This just helps prevent mildew growth and hard water stain build up.

Although, I have to admit, my husband doesn’t do this. But, try to do it as often as you can. 🙂

How to Clean Marble Shower Mold & Mildew

OK, now you know how to clean marble shower tile weekly, but there’s one more easy step to prevent or stop mold and mildew growth. And, this really couldn’t be simpler.

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 mold and mildew remover.

Then let that soak in and work for 5 minutes before washing it all off with water. This has a strong smell, so run the fan to get rid of those fumes.

You can see the before and after of the mildew on my tile in that How to Clean Marble Shower Tile video above.

Easy to follow DIY steps for How to Clean Marble Shower Tile, safely get rid of that gross pink mold and mildew, and seal your marble. With How-To Video and DIY Marble Tile Cleaning Steps.
Here’s a look at the mildew that I let build up on my shower floor before making this how to video. Yuck!

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 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.

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How to Clean Marble Shower Tile

Here's the easy to follow DIY steps for How to Clean Marble Shower Tile, safely kill that gross mildew, and seal your marble. With How-To Video and DIY Marble Tile Cleaning Steps.

Easy to follow DIY steps for How to Clean Marble Shower Tile, safely get rid of that gross pink mold and mildew, and seal your marble.

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I thought that marble tile might be hard to clean. Well, I was wrong, it’s actually pretty EASY! Here’s how to clean marble shower tile and safely get rid of that mold and mildew.

How to Clean Marble Shower Tiles Daily & Weekly

  1. About once a week, I squirt about a tablespoon of Dawn Dish Soap into a plastic container before heading into the shower. 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.
  2. Once I’m in the shower, I add water to the dish soap in the container and use an old soft-bristled toothbrush and a soft cloth to scrub the tile and grout clean. You should avoid using any rough or abrasive scrubbers on marble tile.
  3. Marble tile is porous, and kinda soft (for a stone). It can be scratched by hard scrub brushes and cleaning pads. I’ve been using a non-abrasive 3M Scrub Dots wash cloth with little plastic dots on one side as a way to scrub away shampoo and soap residue in the grout. They also make a Scrub Dots Sponge you can see here.
  4. AND, I try to dry off the tiles every time I use the shower. This just helps prevent mildew growth and hard water stain build up. Although, I have to admit, my husband doesn’t do this. But, try to do it as often as you can. 🙂

How to Clean Marble Shower Mold & Mildew

  1. OK, now you know how to clean marble shower tile weekly, but there’s one more easy step to prevent or stop mold and mildew growth. And, this really couldn’t be simpler. Once every 3 to 5 weeks, I spray on Marblelife Mold and Mildew Stain Remover. You want to make sure all of the grout is wet with this mildew remover.
  2. Then let that soak in and work for 5 minutes before washing it all off with water. This has a strong smell, so run the fan to get rid of those fumes. You can see the before and after of the mildew on my tile in that How to Clean Marble Shower Tile video.

How to Seal Marble Tile

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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