Mosaic Art

Caring For Your Mosaic Artwork

(3 min read) If you have mosaic art in your home, you are part of a tradition that dates back thousands of years and is found across the globe. Whether your mosaic piece is a kitchen backsplash, decorative mural, or bathroom design, you’ll want to clean it regularly to maintain its shimmer.

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Anemones, Bathroom Mosaic Backsplash by © Mosaics Lab.

Caring for your mosaic doesn’t have to be difficult. A well-fixed mosaic is treated the same way you would clean your floor or wall tiles. Special tools or cleaning agents aren’t necessary for caring for most contemporary mosaic art masterpieces. After all, we only use the best natural marble, granite, stone, and glass in our mosaic tiles. As such, our mosaic artworks are naturally stain-resistant and easy to clean.


Routine cleaning

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Scarlet Haven, Mosaic Mural by © Mosaics Lab.

For routine cleaning, we recommend a mild detergent mixed with water. Diluted solutions are always better for mosaic tiles. Also, use a soft sponge or a piece of cloth. Avoid hard-bristled tools like scrub brushes and abrasive sponges, as these might scratch your tiles. Rinse off the surface of your mosaic art, and dry it with a cloth. Do not wax any part of the mosaic.


Removing stains

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Girl Power, Mosaic Artwork by © Eileen McDonough.


Do not let stains sit on the mosaic’s surface for an extended period. Clean promptly. To remove hard water stains or soap scum, let the detergent solution soak for about 10 minutes.


Vacuuming and mopping

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Art Deco-inspired floor mosaic, Mosaic Rug by © Mosaics Lab.


If you have a floor mosaic inlay, you can vacuum your mosaic art to keep it clean and shiny. If you prefer sweeping or mopping, do so with a soft broom. After sweeping, mix a mild detergent with water. Just as with routine cleaning, rinse off the surface of your mosaic inlay, and dry it with a cloth to remove excess liquid.

Do not drag furniture or other items. That way, these objects won’t’ scratch or mark your mosaic tiles.


Cleaning special mosaics

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Happy Seahorses, Swimming Pool Mosaic Artwork by © Mosaics Lab.


Check on the condition of your mosaic, particularly the grout, once a year. Here are more practical reminders for certain types of mosaic tiles.

Glass. Many products are marketed as professional mosaic cleaners, but in our experience, generic glass cleaners are more than enough to keep glass mosaics looking beautiful.

Marble. If your mosaic is made from marble tiles, ensure that no acidic or abrasive cleaners are used.

Swimming pool mosaics. Mosaic tiles in your swimming pool require special cleaning. Calcium buildup can occur on the tiles, so getting rid of stubborn water lines is necessary. Along with regular pool maintenance, you will need to do a deep clean once a year. Drain the water and let the pool dry. Scrub a mixture of baking soda and water on the water lines with a stiff sponge or brush. Rubbing in a circular motion helps removes the watermarks. Once your pool is stain-free, clean it as you would other mosaics (with mild detergent and water).

Cleaning mosaic tiles play an important role in maintaining their stunning appearance. Keep your mosaics clean, and let the decorative art entice you and your guests.

Contact us for your maintenance questions.

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Circe Indiviosa by John William Waterhouse, Outdoor Mosaic Mural by © Mosaics Lab.


Feel free to speak with your mosaic installer about caring for your mosaic art, especially the grout in between tiles. If you have an antique mosaic in your space, get in touch with an experienced conservator. Serious damage, such as missing tiles or cracks appearing, should be repaired immediately by mosaic professionals.

If you have questions about cleaning and maintaining your Mosaics Lab custom mosaic, we are happy to help. Send us a message at [email protected].


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Caring For Your Mosaic Art.

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Caring For Your Mosaic Art.

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Caring For Your Mosaic Art.

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Caring For Your Mosaic Art.

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46 Comments

  1. Stephanie
    July 22, 2022 at 9:14 am — Reply

    This all makes sense for keeping it clean except for draining a pool. At least, living in South Florida most of my life, you can’t EVER drain a pool or it will damage the entire structure because of the high water table. We have been having grout issues in the mosaic in my shower and plan to regrout that soon.

  2. Beth
    July 22, 2022 at 1:00 pm — Reply

    Everyone with any kind of mosaic tile in their home needs to give this a read and bookmark it. Mosaic is so beautiful. We have to take care of it properly.

  3. Tod
    July 22, 2022 at 5:10 pm — Reply

    Great tips on the cleaning of mosaics. When it’s all done consistently, the mosaic will look superb for many, many years.

  4. Luna S
    July 22, 2022 at 11:49 pm — Reply

    Great idea! I would have never thought about cleaning them, but it makes sense. Thanks for the information.

    • Dorry Lyn
      July 30, 2022 at 6:41 pm — Reply

      great tips, I definitely need to share your tips to my friend. She kind of need this info.

  5. Stef
    July 23, 2022 at 7:52 am — Reply

    Great information on how to diy. After reading this if feel that it will be an easy task cleaning any mosaic.

  6. Claudia
    July 23, 2022 at 9:09 am — Reply

    Mosaic art is so precious and we need to keep them clean. Thank you for the tips. I think taking care of them can be tricky but these were helpful.

  7. Paula Richie
    July 23, 2022 at 2:23 pm — Reply

    All of the designs in this post are beautiful and I loved the cleaning tips.

  8. Lyosha
    July 23, 2022 at 3:50 pm — Reply

    as I am thinking of getting a mosaic for my home, this post shows some inside of how I am going to take care of this decoration accent in my future home. It doesn’t sound as complex and hard as I thought it would

  9. Rosey
    July 23, 2022 at 11:46 pm — Reply

    It’s good to know that you can’t wax it!! That is a mistake that might be easy to make if you didn’t know!

  10. Rhian Westbury
    July 24, 2022 at 5:04 am — Reply

    I guess it’s as much about the material mosaics are made from as to how to care for them. But they’re precious so they need to be treated with care x

  11. Jasmine Hewitt
    July 24, 2022 at 8:46 pm — Reply

    i think cleaning is one thing that’s held me back on doing a mosaic project. this was super helpful!

  12. Jupiter Hadley
    July 25, 2022 at 2:52 am — Reply

    I always wondered how to clean moasics! It’s good to know they don’t need any sort of special cleaning tools.

  13. Ramil Hinolan
    July 25, 2022 at 2:53 am — Reply

    Having mosaic art at home is extra ordinary. It is a work of art in itself. Knowing how to clean and maintain them to preserve its looks is crucial. Thanks for some tips.

  14. Risa Lopez
    July 25, 2022 at 9:58 am — Reply

    Thank you for sharing these ideas and tips to maintain the beauty of mosaic artworks.

  15. Steph Social
    July 25, 2022 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    Proper care is definitely important when it comes to the longevity of mosaics! I love the mosaic pool!

  16. Lavanda Michelle
    July 25, 2022 at 5:08 pm — Reply

    I forget to remember how valuable and precious mosaic art is, I should’ve realized they need special care. Thanks for sharing!

  17. Natalie
    July 25, 2022 at 5:26 pm — Reply

    Ouh these are some great cleaning tips! You definitely want to preserve these pieces of art to last a lifetime.

  18. Lily
    July 25, 2022 at 5:58 pm — Reply

    I think a swimming pool mosaic would be pretty. I should look into this for my future renovations!

  19. Sarah Stockley
    July 26, 2022 at 5:22 am — Reply

    Thank you for all of your top tips on cleaning mosaics. I have a mosaic table top outdoors so will use this post for help.

  20. Talya Stone
    July 26, 2022 at 8:34 am — Reply

    I guess like with everything, if you want your mosaic art to look its best then it needs a little bit of routine TLC.

  21. Melissa Cushing
    July 26, 2022 at 9:53 am — Reply

    This is a super cool post and I want to try my hand at making a beautiful mosaic and now Know how to care for it!

  22. Beth
    July 26, 2022 at 11:54 am — Reply

    These are excellent tips. Mosaic art and tile are so beautiful. It’s important to know how to take care of them so you can enjoy them for years to come.

  23. Clarice
    July 26, 2022 at 12:54 pm — Reply

    I agree with you about how important it is to clean promptly. It’s harder to clean if stains are left sitting on the surface for extended periods. Thank you for sharing these tips. 🙂

  24. Laura
    July 26, 2022 at 11:27 pm — Reply

    I wish I had more mosaic art in my home to clean. I really love it and I am planning to add more into my kitchen remodel next month – cant wait!

  25. Edyineth Melgarejo
    July 27, 2022 at 2:15 am — Reply

    I didnt know about cleaning them! Thanks for sharing this so helpful.

  26. Sarah Stockley
    July 27, 2022 at 5:28 am — Reply

    It feels so good to keep everything looking in top condition. All of your tips are so helpful and I will certainly be using them!

  27. Renata Feyen
    July 27, 2022 at 6:05 am — Reply

    Having a mosaic under water does make it harder to clean I suppose

  28. Leane D.
    July 27, 2022 at 7:15 am — Reply

    Such a good post for those who already have mosaic artwork installed but wondering how to keep it clean.

  29. Jasmine Hewitt
    July 27, 2022 at 9:33 am — Reply

    This is something I need to learn if I’m going to get a mosaic. I want to take care of it!

  30. Tammy
    July 27, 2022 at 11:35 am — Reply

    Great tips for taking care of your mosaics! They are so beautiful and deserve special care…thanks for sharing.

  31. Lyosha
    July 27, 2022 at 6:01 pm — Reply

    In fact, the way you laid out the whole caring process makes it less scary and definitely attracts me more to think kind of decor for my home. I am seriously considering having mosaics at home and you resolved one more issue I had, overcomplicating the maintenance process.

  32. Amber Solis
    July 27, 2022 at 9:25 pm — Reply

    So many beautiful photos of amazing artwork. I almost forgot I was here to see how to keep them clean. AMazing and helpful info.

  33. rachel
    July 27, 2022 at 10:12 pm — Reply

    I hadn’t thought about how much work goes into cleaning! Great tips.

  34. Kat
    July 28, 2022 at 3:08 am — Reply

    thanks for these tips! my uncle recently got his mosaic tiled coffee table. I think he needs to learn the proper way of cleaning it. I will forward this post to him.

  35. Lily
    July 28, 2022 at 4:12 am — Reply

    I never thought about the care! This makes sense to preserve the beauty!

  36. Jupiter Hadley
    July 28, 2022 at 5:20 am — Reply

    I had no idea how to clean them, so it’s good to hear it’s not too difficult. Thank you for sharing!

  37. Samantha Donnelly
    July 28, 2022 at 5:46 am — Reply

    Great tips on how to clean and maintain mosaic art, as I know I would be upset if I ruined it by cleaning by not knowing how to do it properly

  38. Tammy
    July 28, 2022 at 12:03 pm — Reply

    I didn’t even think of this actually but mosaics are so delicate and made of different materials so of course they each need special care and attention. Thank you for sharing!

  39. Melanie E
    July 28, 2022 at 2:26 pm — Reply

    It’s good to be aware of how to look after the different types of mosaic. Always good to be able to do it yourself.

  40. Renata Feyen
    July 28, 2022 at 6:01 pm — Reply

    I thought it would require something special, but a mild detergent is something you can get anywhere

  41. Ramil Hinolan
    July 29, 2022 at 2:12 am — Reply

    Thank you for reminding us that mosaic arts should be regularly cleaned. I will keep this in mind and follow once I got one of these priceless pieces.

  42. Natasha Mairs
    July 29, 2022 at 4:11 am — Reply

    Great tips. I have never really thought about how to clean mosaic art before. Love the one at the bottom of the pool.

  43. kushi
    July 29, 2022 at 11:27 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing these useful tips on taking care of mosaic. Few of them I was not aware of.

  44. Jupiter Hadley
    August 2, 2022 at 4:02 am — Reply

    Thank you for sharing this – it’s so good to know exactly how to take care of your things!
    Thank you for sharing.

  45. Laura
    August 2, 2022 at 12:16 pm — Reply

    Thanks so much for the tips, as with any artwork or creation you need to take time out to keep it in good condition

    Laura x

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