The sophisticated look of marble tiles in the bathroom can add significant value to a property and enhance the overall bathing and grooming experience, particularly when exotic stone such as creamy Carrara marble is used. When it comes to showers and tub surrounds, marble isn’t difficult to clean if you know how to do it correctly. Here are six recommendations to help you keep your marble shower, tub, and surrounds clean and looking great.
1. Remember to Clean Frequently
If you allow too much time to pass between bathroom cleaning sessions, you will invite mildew, soap scum, and minerals to build up on your marble tiles. You should ideally wipe down your shower tiles a few times a week and dedicate one weekly session to a deeper clean.
2. Keep Your Marble Tiles Dry
Marble shower and surround tiles can handle getting wet thanks to the surface seal. However, you should try to keep your stone as dry as possible. Keep your bathroom windows open after taking showers and baths to speed up the drying process. You can also use a soft squeegee tool on the tiles.
3. Never Use Common Household Cleaners
Marble is very sensitive to many of the most popular household cleaners you can get at your local supermarket. You should only use a cleaner that has been specially formulated to clean natural-stone surfaces, such as Granite Gold Shower Cleaner®. Moreover, you should also use a natural-stone sealant frequently.
4. Maintain a Good Seal on Your Stone
Sealing is a crucial step for keeping marble bathroom surfaces clean and protected, and this is something you can certainly accomplish on your own. Once you start noticing water stains on your marble tiles, you will know a coat of sealant was long overdue. Instead of letting this happen, get into the habit of resealing often, preferably right after you have applied natural-stone cleaner.
5. Do Not Polish Floor Surfaces
Even if your bathroom and shower floor tiles have a glossy finish, you should not try to enhance it any further because it will make the flooring surface too slippery and dangerous. Marble floors only need cleaning and sealing.
6. Use Gentle Cleaning Tools and Materials
There may come a time when your bathroom requires a deeper cleaning of grout spaces and tiles. If you don’t know how to clean grout and natural-stone tiles, make sure to use sponges, scrubbing pads, and brushes that have been made specifically for use on natural-stone surfaces. The last thing you want is to damage the seal or scratch your tiles when you are trying to remove mildew.
At Granite Gold®, we offer a wide array of cleaning and sealing products that are safe to use on showers made with marble or any other type of natural stone, and we also offer a stone-safe grout cleaner. Give us a call today at 1-800-475-STONE to learn more.