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How To Clean Marble Shower

How To Clean Marble Shower

Nothing compares to the aesthetically pleasing look of the marble. The majority of homeowners opt for marble as their bathroom flooring because of its strength and regal look. It has also built its reputation for its classic natural material that can last for many years.

Despite their beautiful look and strength, marbles are prone to moisture, stains, mold, soap scum, and even rust. Regular bathroom products like toothpaste, shampoos, perfumes, lotions, makeup, and mouthwash include harmful elements that can cause these tough stains resulting in etching and dulling the marble slabs.

But, with proper maintenance and the right cleaning methods, you can keep your marble shining for many years to come. 

How To Clean Marble Shower

The maintenance of marble showers depends on how frequently they are used. If the shower is used by one or more people, it must be cleaned on a regular basis, preferably more than once a week.

If you don’t use the shower very often or don’t have time to clean it on a regular basis, you must clean it at least once a week.

Precautions to be taken While Cleaning The Marble Shower

  • Use balanced PH cleaners that will not damage the stone. Avoid acidic cleaners like lemon, undiluted vinegar, and citrus cleaners as they can corrode marble and damage its sealant.
  • Make sure to read the label before purchasing commercial cleaners. They contain strong chemicals that do not apply to natural stones like marble.
  • Avoid harsh tools like scrub brushes because they can scratch the marble surface. Instead, utilize fine-grade steel wool where extra scrubbing is needed. 
  • Do not use chlorine bleach cleaners. It is acidic in nature that is not applicable for natural stone like marble.

Regular Cleaning Of Marble Shower

Regular Cleaning

It is better to take care of the marble shower regularly after every use. The chemicals found in shampoos and soap can damage the marble. Added to that, the moisture buildup in the stone can cause disfigurement. 

It is easy to regularly maintain the marble shower with just a few pieces of equipment. Utilize a microfiber soft rag to wipe moisture and products from the slabs. Make sure to wipe down the excess residue of toiletry products or water deposits using spray cleaner. This will prevent mold buildup or any nasty stain from the bathroom.

Weekly Maintenance of Marble Shower

You should at least shine and clean your marble shower at least once a week. Get rid of the moisture buildup by buffing it with a clean cloth. Try to stick with dish wash and soap solution as much as you can. Only move on to harsh cleaning methods if the stain is deep.

Apply Mild dish soap and warm water solution to clean the marble shower weekly. You need non-abrasive dish soap, a clean rag, a squeegee, and warm water. Only use PH-neutral soap which does not contain abrasive chemicals or sand and stones. 

Weekly Maintenance of Marble Shower

Steps:

  1. Start by putting the mixture into the spray bottle. 
  2. Spray the mixture in small sections, and scrub it with a clean rag in a circular motion. 
  3. Rinse the soapy residue with clean water. 
  4. Dry and buff the whole area using a sponge or a dry rag. 

Removing Stains And Scratches On Marble Surface

It is obvious to encounter various kinds of stains if you are not up to date on maintaining your marble shower. Here are some of the common stains you can face in your marble shower and solution to deal with them.

Cleaning Hard Water Mineral Stain

hard water mineral stains
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Hard Water consists of minerals like calcium and magnesium in it. When you don’t address the water build up in the marble, it evaporates and leaves these mineral deposits on the surface. It causes white spots which are difficult to remove but not impossible.

Use a baking soda poultice and water to get rid of the water stain. You will need baking soda, water, and plastic wrap for this method.

Steps:

  1. Create a thick paste of baking soda and water in a bowl.
  2. Apply the paste onto the stained area.
  3. Wrap it with plastic and let it sit for 24 hours.
  4. After a day, remove the wrapper and wipe it with a damp cloth.
  5. Repeat the process if the stain is not removed.

You can also purchase marble cleaners that are not abrasive. Make sure to read the label before purchasing it. Follow the given instructions on the label to get rid of the stain.

Eliminating Soap Scums

Tap water or hard water contains certain minerals when it interacts with the bar soap, it will form a scum also known as soap scum. The sodium contained in bar soap dissolves easily in soft water, however.

Soap scum can be seen in almost every bathroom, sink, and faucet. To get rid of this issue, you can opt for acid-free soap and baking soda paste. 

Steps:

  1. Mix dish washes soap with baking powder and creates a paste.
  2. Dip a clean sponge into the paste.
  3. Scrub the soap scum with the dipped sponge in a circular motion.
  4. With a damp clean rag or cloth, wipe the stained area.
  5. After all the spots are removed, wash the area with clean water.
  6. Dry the space with a clean rag lastly.

You can also purchase a special cleaner designed to clean hard water and soap scum stains. Make sure the cleaner is for marble cleaner or not. 

Removing Rust Stains

rust stains
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Because marble is a natural stone, it is obvious to find iron on its surfaces. When you do not dry the moisture in the shower regularly. The moisture build-up can react with iron which causes oxidation. The yellowish or brownish rust stain developed from oxidation is difficult to eliminate without the right cleaning procedure. 

Another reason for rust is the interaction of metal and water. In your shower metal equipment like furniture, pipes, or shower handle can react with water and result in rusting. In case the rust is mild then you can eliminate it using dish soap and water.

Steps:

  1. Spray liquid dish soap on the stain.
  2. Wet the area with a little water and
  3. start gently scrubbing the rust with a sponge or a soft-bristled brush.
  4. Pour clean water and dry the water with a dry towel or rag. 

If the dish soap does not show any result you can use a DIY marble poultice. Hydrogen peroxide is less abrasive than chlorine bleach. But, this method is only applicable in the case of light-colored marbles. This method is also useful if you want to remove rust stains from concrete.

Steps:

  1. Mix one cup of hydrogen peroxide and 2 cups of baking soda. 
  2. Make sure the paste is thick like peanut butter.  
  3. Apply the paste to the stain and wrap it with a plastic sheet. 
  4. Let it sit for 24-48 hours. 
  5. Wipe it with a rag afterward.

Dealing With Mold and Mildew Build-up 

Mold and Mildew Build-up 

The chances of moisture damage are higher in spaces like showers. The permeable nature of marble allows moisture to seep into its surface.

Molds are microorganisms that thrive on dirt and moisture. Keeping the marble tiles dirty for duration can lead to mold and mildew build-up. Mold build-up can also lead to hazardous health issues.

Since the marble tiles are sensitive to acidic cleaners. You cannot use bleach, ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide as it can damage the natural stone. To be on the safe side it is a good idea to use commercial mold remover sprays. 

Steps:

  1. Spray the cleaner onto the stain.
  2. scrub it using a toothbrush or a soft-bristled brush.
  3. Use a clean rag to wipe out the dirt.
  4. Thoroughly wash the area with clean water
  5.  Keep repeating the process until the stain is permanently removed.

Note: While buying the product, make sure it is for natural stone like marble and granite. Try searching for a cleanser spray that directly targets stains like mold and mildew.

Removing Scratches In a Marble shower

Let it be sharp tools or heavy furniture. You may notice ugly scratches that can be unattractive to look at. But, you can deal with small scratches by yourself. You can use a fine-grit disc sander to get rid of scratches. 

Steps:

  1. Make a solution of dish wash soap and water. Soak a clean rag into the bucket and wring out the excess water.
  2. Wipe the scratched area with a cloth and make sure to get rid of dust and dirt.
  3. Again, use a separate clean damp cloth to remove soapy residue.
  4. Spray clean water onto the marble surface.
  5. Attach a 1000 grit sandpaper onto the sander.
  6. Gently start to sand the surface in a circular motion. Sand one small section at a time
  7. Keep spraying water if the water dries out and continue sanding until the scratch or etch has uplifted.
  8. Pour clean water after the scuff is gone.
  9. Use a polishing powder to polish the marble. Apply a thin layer onto the marble while the surface is still damp.
  10. Place a buffing pad onto the sander.
  11. Keep buffing the marble until it is polished at a low speed.
  12. Wipe the marble with a clean cloth or towel to complete the process.

In the case of deep scratches, it is okay to take expert help. They have the right technique, tools, and experience to deal with marble showers.

Future Prevention To Make Marble Shower Durable

You need future precautions to make the marble slabs in your bathroom last longer. This will prevent you from saving up your huge future expenses.

  • To prevent the marble slab from acidic beauty products, use a separate tray to place the products.
  • Address spills as soon as you encounter them.
  • Get rid of the moisture regularly after a shower.
  • Avoid heavy furniture and equipment on the marble surface. This can lead to cracking of the tile. 
  • Use bathing and toiletry items that do not contain acidic ingredients. 
  • Use furniture padding to protect marble floors from scuffs and scratches.
  • Try to use liquid soap instead of bar soap to minimize soap scum in the marble bathroom.