Written by Katie Hinkle | Denver, CO | March 5th, 2019
Learn which cleaning tools are the best and the worst to use when it comes to keeping stone showers looking their best.
Stone showers look magnificent and can add a timeless feature to any bathroom, but harsh chemicals can break down sealants, leave scratches, and eventually discolor the stone stripping away it’s lifetime quality. Here are some do’s and don’ts when it comes to keeping a beautiful stone shower looking as good as the day it was installed.
DON’T use distilled white vinegar.
White vinegar has natural acid that will break down sealants used on stone tiles and slabs. If used consistently, it will eventually begin to discolor the stone.
DON’T use a liquid or a powdered scrub.
Scrubs, both powder and liquid, have an abrasiveness to them and will scratch and damage the stone. Most traditional shower cleaners are very acidic and caustic which can also cause a discoloring of the stone.
DON’T use ammonia.
Ammonia is a big no-no when it comes to cleaning stone showers. Just like white vinegar and scrubs, it can also break down sealants, but if mixed with bleach it can cause a highly toxic combination.
Don’t get discouraged! Here are a few tips that will do the trick while avoiding all the harsh chemicals and toxins.
DO use a squeegee.
A squeegee is not an every-day cleaning tool, but it is one of the best tools when it comes to keeping soap scum off stone shower walls. What is soap scum? Soap scum is a combination of soap, skin cells, and water droplets that dry on the walls of the shower. By squeegeeing the walls after a shower, there is a good chance soap scum may never appear again.
DO use microfiber towels.
Microfiber towels are recommended for practically everything, so it is no surprise they are also recommended for cleaning showers too. By wiping down the walls of your shower with a microfiber towel, it will catch and hold on to the soap scum better than a regular towel will. Be sure to wash the towel once a week to avoid bacteria from collecting on the towels. This can be used in place of a squeegee or even followed by a quick run of the squeegee.
DO use eraser sponges.
The most recommended product that cleans stone without any damage is an eraser sponge. (Yes, like the one produced by Mr. Clean!) It uses the technology of friction to “melt” the soap scum off the stone walls. The best part – there are no chemicals in the sponge so it can even be used while showering! Easy and efficient!
DO use the power of steam.
Steam cleaners are also a great tool for cleaning stone and grout. There are canister-style steamers that have hose attachments that work perfectly for steaming flat surfaces and have direct nozzles that can clean grout without any chemicals. Steam cleaners are an easy tool when it comes to deep cleaning stone showers.
Stone showers are much easier to clean and take care of then many people think. They are a timeless statement piece that can last a lifetime with the correct maintenance and care.
About Brekhus Tile & Stone
Brekhus Tile & Stone is a family-owned tile and stone installation contractor based in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1998, the company excels at complex, custom, high-end stone and tile installation projects that present technical challenges.
Working throughout the state of Colorado, Brekhus has delivered superior craftsmanship in hundreds of jobs in shopping malls, office buildings, apartment complexes and the nation’s largest restaurant and hotel chains. Our clientele includes: Denver International Airport, Ralph Carr Justice Center, Capital Grille, the Ameristar Casino Resort at Black Hawk, Coors Field, Union Station, and Civic Center Station. In addition to commercial work, Brekhus also designs and builds high-end residential projects including kitchens, bathrooms, spas, heated decks and other luxury home features requiring custom tile and stone. Brekhus Tile & Stone has its own fabrication facility – Brekhus Marble & Granite. On top of being able to cut granite, marble, and other stone to precise specifications, Brekhus Marble & Granite also works with all varieties of flooring tile, porcelain, and other materials.
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