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Special Care Required — How to Clean a Marble Shower

Do you have marble tils in your bathroom? Marble is a gorgeous material. However, it’s also high maintenance in that it requires its own special brand of TLC. And the high levels of humidity and water usage in the bathroom make it even more challenging to care for marble properly.

Learn how to clean a marble shower so that you can keep your bathroom free of grime and maintain the beautiful looks of your stone.

Marble Cleaning Precautions

Because marble is a stone, you’d think it’d be pretty resilient, right? Well, it’s actually quite delicate. Therefore, you need to know which products and tools to avoid when cleaning a marble shower.
  • Always check your manufacturer’s care instructions to ensure you don’t void the warranty.
  • Only use pH-neutral cleaners. Acidic cleaners — such as lemon, vinegar or citrus-based soaps — can damage your stone’s surface.
  • Never use scrapers, the coarse sides of sponges or scrub brushes to clean your marble shower. The stone can be scratched very easily.
  • Follow your manufacturer’s care instructions in terms of sealing your marble shower tiles. This is very important, as sealant helps protect your stone.

How to Clean a Marble Shower on a Daily Basis

Yes, marble is a beautiful material that can make your bathroom feel downright luxe. Annoyingly, however, it’s a stone that can be etched by hard water deposits. That means it’s important to maintain your shower surfaces on a daily basis.

Regardless of the material, all shower tiles should be wiped down after each use. This is even more important for marble, since residues from soaps and body washes, as well as minerals from hard water, can damage the surface of your stone. Because of this, it’s a good idea to keep a stack of clean microfiber towels in the bathroom, so that you and your family members can wipe down shower walls regularly.

Thorough Cleaning of a Marble Shower

The frequency with which you clean the marble in your bathroom will depend on how often the shower is being used. For example, if you have several people showering each day, you might need to wash the tiles a couple of times a week. On the other hand, if your shower is only used one or two times daily, you might be able to get away with cleaning once every week or two. (In addition to drying the walls after each use, of course.)

You can use a store-bought marble cleaner if you like or if your manufacturer’s instructions state to do so. There’s also a simple DIY method that can be used when cleaning a marble shower.

You’ll need:

  1. Pour the dishwashing liquid into the bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with warm water.
  2. Shake the bottle to mix the solution.
  3. Spray your shower’s marble surfaces with the mixture.
  4. Using vertical or horizontal strokes, gently rub the solution onto the shower walls, paying extra attention to areas with mildew or soap scum. Note: Don’t try to work the soap into the stone; you’re just cleaning the surface here.
  5. Rinse the soapy solution off of the marble shower surfaces using clean water.
  6. Wipe down shower surfaces with a fresh microfiber cloth until they’re totally dry.

Keep your marble shower looking beautiful by knowing how to care for it properly. And if you don’t have time to clean your bathroom surfaces as often as you need to, contact your local Merry Maids. Their housekeeping professionals will be happy to take care of this task — and more! — so that you can focus on the things you really enjoy.