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We love the luxury of marble bathrooms, but marble is a porous stone and absorbs stains easily. If used in the wet area of 
a bathroom, soap, shampoo and other impurities can accumulate on the surface and make it even more slippery.

“Most marble used in hotel bathrooms are treated with impregnators, but they will still have a certain lifespan. Impregnation only delays the effect of staining, but not make the marble stain-proof,” says Terry Tan of tile company Rice. This means that any liquid left on the marble surface for more than an hour would still stain it. Bacteria might also start to build up beneath the stone surface.

Maintain marble surfaces by cleaning off any soap residue and wiping wet spots after a shower. A well-ventilated area will ensure that the marble surfaces dry quickly as well. If there is no window in your bathroom, you can install a mechanical ventilator.

To enjoy a marble look without the required maintenance, Terry suggests using quality porcelain stoneware tiles that use digital inkjet technology to make it resemble the natural material. He adds: “Some leading Italian tile manufacturers even offer antibacterial tiles by partnering with Microban.” Microban is a global firm specialising in antibacterial technology. Such tiles might even be cheaper than using marble, too, says Terry.