Jan 26th 2022 / General Stone Care
Marble Shower Care & Cleaning Tips
For many homeowners, marble continues to be one of their top choices for walls and floors as it gives a sense of timeless beauty to any space. While marbles can make your bathroom feel downright luxe, this material can be easily etched by residues from soap and hard water deposits. So, in this article, we have listed some helpful marble shower care and cleaning tips to help keep your bathroom looking pristine over the years!
Marble Shower Cleaning Tools
Using the right type of cleaning tools and solution is just as important as regular cleaning. With many of the common bathroom cleaners out of contention, it is advisable to stick with pH-neutral cleaners and avoid any type of acid-based commercial cleaners or homemade mixtures that contain lemon juice or vinegar to prevent chemical reactions and permanent discoloration.
The pH of your cleaning solutions is important because stones like marble have a high concentration of mineral calcite and are susceptible to acid erosion even when they come in contact with weak acidic formulations. On the other hand, it is also important to take note that marble is sensitive to strong alkaline cleaning agents like bleach as they can cause etch damage on the surface. By having the right marble shower cleaning tools, you can remove any traces of stains and mildew growth without damaging the surface of the marble.
While stains are often difficult to remove and are a persisting problem in every bathroom environment, it is still possible to lighten them with the proper cleaning tools and techniques--which will be discussed in this section.
- You will need a marble-safe cleaning solution, a spray bottle, and a microfiber cloth or squeegee for a more thorough marble shower cleaning.
- Start by mixing your solution in an empty spray bottle, then generously coat sections of the marble floor and walls.
- Pay attention to areas that are prone to staining as you work from the top of the wall all the way down to the bottom.
- Finish by removing all of the water from your shower walls and floors using a soft microfiber cloth or a squeegee.
- To tackle tough and hard-to-remove stains, place a microfiber cloth with hydrogen peroxide and place it over the stained area for 10 minutes.
TIP: A marble shower surface should be wiped down using a microfiber cloth or squeegee after every use to remove residues from bath products, excess water, and body soil that accumulate on the surface.
Cleaning and wiping down your marble after every use may sound tedious, but this will help ensure you won't leave any soap or shower gel residue on the floor to prevent stains from forming and bacteria gathering.
Another easy marble cleaning hack is to use corn starch to remove stains from the surface of your walls or floors. With this do-it-yourself solution using products that are readily available from your kitchen cupboard, you can remove marble stains as soon as they occur.
- All you have to do is to spray distilled water to stain-filled areas, then sprinkle a thick layer of cornstarch
- Let it sit for at least 24 hours. After much of the stain has been absorbed, you can wash the surface using a marble-friendly cleaner and allow the cornstarch to lift the grease effortlessly.
- Wipe the marble surface with a damp cloth to remove any residue, then use a dry cloth to buff the surface.
Without proper upkeep, the glory of any marble installation wanes quickly. Therefore, cleaning your marble shower requires deliberate care and attention to the products you're using, as this porous rock tends to absorb shower residues and chemicals found in traditional cleaners. Be sure to use only pH-neutral cleaners and gentle materials to maintain the durability of the marble and avoid ruining its sleek finish. It is always advisable to check your manufacturer's care instructions when cleaning and sealing your marble shower tiles to keep your marble looking its best.