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How to Steam Clean Marble

Updated February 21, 2017

While beautiful, marble gets dirty quickly. Marble surfaces attract dirt, dust and grime. Marble needs regular cleaning to look polished and prevent damage. Cleaning marble with a mop or by hand takes a lot of time and grunt work. Instead, you can use a steam cleaner to clean marble. Steam cleaners use water steam in place of chemical cleaners. They work quickly and effectively. Steam cleaners work on marble floors, counter tops and tile.

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  1. Unscrew the cap to the water compartment. Fill the compartment with water to the fill line.

  2. Plug the steam cleaner into an outlet. Wait for the water to heat. Heat times vary, consult the steam cleaner's user manual to determine the exact amount of time needed.

  3. Grasp the handle of the steam cleaner. Point the nozzle on the steam cleaner in the direction of the marble.

  4. Press the "On" or "Steam" button on the device. Slowly direct the nozzle across the marble in a straight line across a small section. Lower the nozzle to the next section and direct the nozzle back to the starting point. Repeat this process until you cover a small square section of marble.

  5. Wipe a clean cotton or microfiber cloth across the marble to remove any excess water.

  6. Continue to steam clean small areas and dry with a cloth until you finish the entire marble area.

  7. Unplug the steam cleaner.

  8. Unscrew the water compartment cap. Pour any remaining water into the sink.

  9. Tip

    The nozzle on some steam cleaner models may leak water while the appliance heats up. Place the nozzle over the sink to avoid spills. Add more water to the water compartment if the steam cleaner makes a gurgling sound while in use.


    Do not unscrew the water compartment cap when you have the device plugged in. The hot water could spill, causing burns to your skin. Do not use the steam cleaner for daily cleaning. Overuse of the steam cleaner could damage the marble.

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Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Cotton or microfiber cloth

About the Author

Amelia Jenkins has more than eight years of professional writing experience, covering financial, environmental and travel topics. Her work has appeared on MSN and various other websites and her articles have topped the best-of list for sites like Bankrate and Kipplinger. Jenkins studied English at Tarrant County College.

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