Cleaning Natural Stone Showers
One of the most popular design trends for bathrooms is installing a natural stone tile on shower walls and floors. Some of the most popular types of stone being used in the bathroom are honed travertine tiles on shower walls and tumbled marble tiles on shower floors. In fact, many designs incorporate polished granite on the walls as accent pieces, shower curbs and sill pieces that match a bathroom vanity top. If you have one of these beautiful spa type bathrooms, you may want to consider the best way to clean and maintain stone showers and floors. By learning how to clean and care for natural stone properly, you will improve the look and feel of the stones surface and keep your bathroom looking beautiful for years to come.
Avoid and Prevent Common Issues Before They Happen
Some of the best advice a stone professional can offer, is to avoid and prevent the following issues:
- Soap scum build-up
- Hard water spots
- Mineral deposits
When using Supreme Surface® Stone Shower Cleaner you will protect the surface by preventing soap scum build-up, hard water deposits, stains, mineral build-up and more. Don't use regular household cleaners for tile showers that can damage the natural stones surface, glass or plumbung fixtures. Use Supreme Surface® Stone Shower Cleaner to clean, enhance the color of your stone. IoSeal will ionically seal and protect against stains, soap scum buildup and hard water deposits. Make your stone look alive again with simple cleaning tips and advice by Supreme Surface®.
Cleaning natural stone showers, whether it is travertine, limestone, or marble, is easy when using preventative methods and routine maintenance. If you take a little extra time on a daily or weekly basis to keep your stone showers clean, you will avoid pesky problems in the future such as removing soap scum buildup, stains, mold, mildew, and etching of the surface. There are only two steps a homeowner should need to take with a properly installed and sealed natural stone shower in order to prevent stains, mold, and mildew:
Proper Care for Stone Tile Showers
- Always make sure the grout, silicon, or caulking around the walls and floor stays intact. This prevents water from getting behind the surface. If these bonding agents crack, peel, or crumble, water will be able to get behind the tile creating potential mold and mildew. Since it is natural for walls to expand and contract, it is inevitable that you will need to do a simple touch up of caulk along the walls and shower flooring as routine maintenance.
- Perhaps the second most beneficial and simple thing a homeowner can do is to wipe down the walls of the shower after every use. This may seem like it would be a nuisance, but once the habit has been formed, it only takes a minute. The best method would be to use a squeegee, but a dry towel will also work. By keeping the walls of the natural stone shower dry in between uses, you are ensuring that the entire shower has time to thoroughly dry, preventing the potential for mold or mildew.
By following these two simple steps, you are executing the most important things possible in order to prevent future problems. If your too late and already have soap scum buildup and hard water spots or mineral deposits, use Supreme Surface Scum and Mineral Deposit Remover to prep the area first. The next step is to use a mild, pH neutral cleanser that will condition the stone. All natural stones are formed made of minerals that adversely react to most bathroom cleaners because of the acids and abrasive chemicals and formulas used. When cleaning travertine, limestone, or granite, the use of acidic or abrasive cleaners will not only etch the polished surface, but they also eat away at the grout. As explained earlier, grouting is extremely important in keeping water from seeping behind the tiles, so it is detrimental to use cleaners that are pH neutral. Remember, prevention is the key, avoid soap scum buildup and hard water depositson your shower walls and floors with Supreme Surface® Stone Shower Cleaner today!