How do I clean black marble tile without leaving streaks?

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How do I clean black marble tile without leaving streaks?
Black marble is stunning if given a streak-free tile. (MG1408/iStock/Getty Images)

Black marble tile adds an elegant touch to any room. Cleaning this tile without leaving streaks is an easy task when you use the right cleaning ingredients. Though there are a variety of retail cleaning products available, they can be costly. Instead, make your own cleaning solution by using ingredients that you probably have on hand.

Cleaners

Washing up liquid, hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol clean marble tile well, leaving behind a streak-free shine. Washing up liquid is safe for both tile and grout, making it an ideal cleaner for all marble surfaces and tile floors. In a bucket, mix 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of warm water with two squirts of washing up liquid. For a spray-on solution perfect for bath tile, worktops and backsplashes, mix 474 ml (2 cups) water and 2 teaspoons washing up liquid in a spray bottle.

For a hydrogen peroxide solution, mix 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of warm water in a bucket with 474 ml (2 cups) of hydrogen peroxide (available at any supermarket or chemists). The peroxide disinfects as well as cleans. Alternatively, make a spray bottle solution of 474 ml (2 cups water) and 237 ml (1 cup) hydrogen peroxide.

To make a cleaner with rubbing alcohol, mix 237 ml (1 cup) of the alcohol in a bucket with 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of warm water. This will clean without damaging the tile surface. Mix 474 ml (2 cups) water and 237 ml (1 cup) rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle for tub tile and worktops.

Cleaning procedure

To clean black marble floors, dip a mop into your choice of cleaning solution, wring out the excess water, then clean the floor as you normally would. Follow with a dry cloth to dry the floors and avoid streaking or water spots. For bath tile and worktop backsplashes, spray the surface with solution, then wipe with a clean, dry cloth. The solutions are safe for regular use, but plain water may be enough for day-to-day cleaning.

Stain removal

Stains on black marble should be handled with care to prevent further damage. Always absorb as much of the stain as possible when the spill first occurs by blotting (not wiping) with a clean cloth or paper towels.

For acidic stains caused by vinegar, tomatoes or acidic fruits, pour a 100 g (1/2 cup) of baking soda into a dish and stir in water slowly until a thick paste has formed. Apply a thick, even layer of the paste over the stain and let it sit until dry. Then wipe away the dried paste with a damp cloth.

For grease or oil stains, sprinkle the stained area with a thick coating of cornflour and let sit for a few hours. Wipe away with a clean, damp cloth.

Food stains can be removed by rubbing the area with hydrogen peroxide. Soak the edge of a cloth or sponge in hydrogen peroxide, then rub over the stain until it is gone.

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