Is It Safe to Use Windex on Marble? May 31 2016, 28 Comments

The average household has about the same number of cleaning products as it does surface types, so it's easy to see why you may want to try to simplify matters every now and then.

Since very few people clean for sheer pleasure, it remains a chore, and once armed with a spray bottle and cleaning cloth, that glass cleaner you just used to clean the bathroom mirror or patio door suddenly seems like a great option for your counters - but the question remains: is it safe to use Windex on marble or other stone surfaces?

All Things, to All People

Read the label on almost any of the top selling cleaning products on the market today, and you'll see why they're so popular: versatility. In an effort to save time and money, buying a multi-purpose cleaner that promises to work in every room in your home is very appealing, but no one cleaner can do it all. Certain materials require more specialized products to look their best and to preserve their integrity, including natural stone, and as the old saying goes...

Just Because You Can, Doesn't Mean You Should

If you look on their company website or even the bottle itself, you'll see that you can use Windex on marble, granite, ceramic tile, and a host of other surfaces besides glass, without fear of damage. The age old formula that has been underneath kitchen sinks for decades is made primarily from water and ammonia, and is perfect for shining mirrors or windows, but your granite or marble counters can average more grease and grime in one day than your windows or mirrors see over the course of a year.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

The goal is to make cleaning your home quick and easy, but if you use Windex on marble or other stone surfaces, expecting to just spray and wipe, you may be in for a surprise. While this method works well on glass, when it comes to spills, grease, stains and soil, it may take much more time, elbow grease and product than you'd expect, to get the look you want to achieve.

A Better Way to Clean Your Marble

Rather than use Windex on marble, choose a product designed and formulated to clean your stone counters safely and effectively, cutting through grease and heavy soil the first time. If you like the idea of a multi-purpose cleaner, look for one that cleans and polishes at the same time, to eliminate one more step in your daily routine. With the addition of a polish, you'll achieve a richer look to the stone, enhancing the subtle colors within and making future clean ups a breeze. Selecting the right product for the natural stone surfaces in your home easy: our maintenance and care guides can point you to the products you need, and walk you through step-by-step, to tell you exactly how to use them. You can also email me directly at, or call our office at 561-994-4668, to speak to myself or another team member about how best to care for your marble or other stone surfaces.