Natural stone is a winning choice when it’s time to renovate your shower. Stone tile can last a lifetime and give you an elegant yet completely unique bathroom. It’s also incredibly easy to clean, especially when compared to fiberglass shower walls and ceramic tile. Caring for natural stone in your shower is simple once you know the basic maintenance steps to take.
1. Clean the Stone Weekly
At least once a week, use a stone-safe cleaning product like Granite Gold Shower Cleaner® to remove and prevent grime, water deposits, mildew, and soap scum from the tile. Make sure you only use a non-acidic product designed for natural stone. Do not use common bathroom or household cleaning products on stone as they often contain ammonia or acids that cause permanent damage.
2. Remove Excess Water After Every Shower
If you’re concerned about water spots, mildew, and dulling of the stone, take care to remove excess water on the walls with a squeegee after you shower. Natural stone that is constantly wet gives mildew and mold a chance to grow. Using a squeegee allows the stone to air dry faster, but you can help it along by ensuring your bathroom has proper ventilation.
3. Treat Mildew with Bleach
If you notice mold or mildew on your stone tile, don’t panic. You can remove it easily by making a solution of one part water and one part laundry bleach. Spray this solution onto the tile and gently scrub with a non-scratch nylon pad or bristle brush to avoid scratching the stone. Let the solution sit for about 15 minutes after scrubbing, then rinse away with water.
4. Don’t Neglect the Grout
It can be easy to focus your cleaning efforts solely on your beautiful stone, but the grout between the tiles also needs attention. If you don’t know how to clean grout, use a toothbrush or soft nylon brush and a non-abrasive stone-safe grout cleaner to agitate and lift grime and mildew. Rinse with water after cleaning and dry the grout with a clean, dry towel. It is also recommended to seal the grout to keep it protected.
5. Seal the Stone Regularly
It’s always important to seal natural stone to create a barrier that keeps liquids and chemicals from penetrating into the stone. When you have stone in the shower, sealing is even more important because the stone is subjected to a great deal of exposure to water, shampoo, soap, and beauty care products. Sealing also keeps bacteria out of the stone and keeps the shower sanitary. To seal your stone, clean and dry the tiles first. Apply a stone sealer in small sections of no more than three square feet and immediately buff into the stone with a clean cloth. Buff until the sealer is absorbed and dry to prevent haziness on the stone.
Whether you’re caring for travertine in your shower or you have granite countertops in your kitchen, purchase a granite home care collection to get you started on protecting the beauty of your natural stone. At Granite Gold®, we carry a wide variety of specially formulated products designed specifically for natural-stone care. Call us today at 1-800-475-STONE to learn more.