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Jul 27

Stockett Staff

Caring for Your Natural Stone Shower

by Stockett Staff

Prevent meddlesome mildew and malicious mold.

A natural stone shower (similar to a natural stone tub) can make a beautiful and striking addition to any bathroom. However, certain precautions have to be made when you’re bathing in a work of art, especially given natural stone’s tendency to attract mildew and mold. Following is our top advice on caring for your natural stone shower.

Buy the Right Products

Natural stone isn’t your regular, run of the mill tile. It isn’t glass, and it isn’t plastic. As such, it requires a very special cleaning regimen. Stay away from harsh chemicals that could dull the stone.  Lemon juice, vinegar, and other acidic cleaners are harmful to marble, limestone, and travertine. Research different natural stone cleaners and buy quality products from trusted dealers or online websites with plenty of good reviews.

Clean Regularly

If you’re serious about preventing damage to your natural stone shower, it might be worth cleaning it daily. It’s a bit of work in the short term, but it’s certain to save you from future heartache.

Daily maintenance is easy. Just wipe down the walls with a microfiber rag after each use, and spray your cleaner of choice in any problem spots. Then rinse it all down. You can also apply a baking soda solution, which won’t harm natural stone.

Get Rid of Soap Scum

Soap scum is a natural stone shower’s worst enemy. For those not in the know, soap scum is the white solid that comes about when soap interacts with hard water (water high in calcium or magnesium ions). In dense quantities, soap scum can attract mold, mildew, and plenty of bacteria.

Soap scum is difficult to remove from natural stone because the most frequently used soap scum removers are highly erosive. Harsher cleaning products can break down your stone sealer and expose the stone to mold and mildew.

After you use a natural stone cleaner, always use a squeegee to wipe the soap scum away. If some deposit still remains, apply an ammonia/water solution (1/2 cup ammonia to 1 gallon of water should suffice), and wipe with an old rag.

Get Rid of Mold and Mildew

If you start to notice mold or mildew forming anywhere in your natural stone shower, take steps to remove it immediately. Spray a well-reviewed natural stone mildew remover on the wall and let it sit for an hour or so. After that, all you have to do is rinse the solution down with a bit of water from the showerhead.

Have any other questions about caring for your natural stone shower?

Here at Stockett Tile and Granite, we’re more than happy to answer any other questions you may have. We serve the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona areas. Give us a call at 480-443-1988, or get in touch through our online contact form to schedule a commercial tile consultation. You can also visit our tile showroom in Phoenix, Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

See Also:

How to Care for Soapstone

5 Tips for Preventing Damage to Your Natural stone