Natural stone shower care and restoration made easy

Natural stone shower care is easier than it seems.

When it comes to taking care of natural stone showers out customers have gotten a lot of conflicting advice over the years. Squeegee the wall, dry them with a towel, don’t squeegee, leave the door open, use bleach in corners, never use bleach, the advice from professionals goes on and on and in many cases is full of contradictions.

It seems that all of this advice leaves clients with more questions than answers. Sureshine understands this confusion and has worked hard over the years to take the guess work out of your long term shower care. During your evaluation a skilled stone restoration expert will look at the problem areas and  offer concrete ways to ensure that your shower will stay cleaner longer.

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  1. Getting rid of the soap scum causing bar soap. Doing this one thing can cut long term maintenance costs and headaches in half. We recommend using liquid soap.
  2. Squeegeeing or wiping down the walls after each use or after the last shower of the day. This will prevent minerals in water from bonding to the stone causing spotting and eventually mineral build-up. This can happen even with a potassium based water softener.
  3. Use only cleaners that are specifically designed not to hurt marble. If it says “marble” it also will be safe for travertine and limestone. Easyoxy multi-surface cleaner from Easystonecare.com is a great clean102_0034er that can be used to clean everything in your home except glass. We highly recommend it.
  4. On honed or textured shower floors, the corners can be hard to clean. Periodic use of a dilute bleach solution in the corners will eliminate mold and mildew and will wash down the drain during your showers. Just allow to sit for five to ten minutes and allow your shower to run a minute longer before entering.
  5. Call Sureshine if you ever have any questions or need service.

Long lasting stone shower restoration.

Sureshine will restore your natural stone shower back to its original “like new” condition, reseal the surfaces, repair missing grout or regrout areas as needed, and provide advice to maximize the condition over the long term.

Services that Sureshine provides on natural stone showers includes:

  1. Refinishing the stone surface to a hone, satin or polished finish. This service will remove minerals lines and build-up, acid marks from improper cleaners, and soap scum. The surface is wet sanded and honed to the desired finish and sealed.
  2. When the grout around the perimeter of the shower is missing, it can cause serious long term problems. Whenever you see gaps or holes in the floor grout it should be repaired immediately. We recommend not using the shower until it is repaired so the pan does not fill up with water or can be sufficiently dry for the repair to hold. Grout color can be inconsistent around a shower perimeter when the gap has been left open for awhile. This is the result of water wicking up from under the grout.
  3. Deep cleaning of travertine, marble, limestone, and tile showers is a common service that we offer. The surfaces are deep cleaned with chemicals and mild abrasives to remove as much of the contaminants from stone and grout as possible. Please keep in mind that grout is porous, and even the cleanest grout can have tonal color differences differences when the service is competed.

Over the years I have posted project videos on my youtube account.  Check them out below to see what you can expect from your shower restoration and give us a call at 800-378-0266 with any questions or to schedule your complimentary evaluation.

Marble shower restoration, polishing, and sealing

Travertine shower deep cleaning, mold and mildew removal, and sealing

About the author:

Ted is the owner of Sureshine Care and Restoration Services, Inc. in Orange County California with an office in Morgan Hill, California. Ted has been polishing and restoring natural stone and tile since 1987, has written a book on the subject and teaches a four day intensive hands on seminar to teach interested students the stone restoration trade. If you are in need of services in Southern California, please call us at (800)378-0266 or email info@sureshinecares.com.

Caring for your Marble Showers

Marble Shower After Polishing
Perfectly Polished Marble Shower

This evening I met with a client that had a beautiful marble shower. It was only two years old though and had signs of soap scum and minerals on the surface but overall it was in good shape. I explained to my customer that it was too soon to need professional help but we settled on a price to restore the surface so she could start fresh with the correct maintenance procedures and hopefully get many years of life before needing my services again. After we complete the service her marble will never look so good!

When caring for your marble shower it is important to remember a few simple rules.

  1. Water is the enemy of marble, especially polished marble. Water carries soap and other particulates into the stone and dries leaving them behind to become soap scum. The resulting moisture left behind by water can allow mold and mildew to grow on the surface and weaken the sealer.
  2. Bar soaps cost you money, and lots of it. When you use bar soap in your marble shower you are converting a solid to a liquid during your scrubbing then allowing it to convert back again to a solid on your shower walls. Using bar soap without removal, after your shower, will hasten the need for professional services.
  3. Squeegees save you money. After each shower, you should squeegee the walls and glass. This practice will prevent nasty hard water stains from occurring over time and will save you money by reducing the need for professional services.

Tools to have on hand (Always have a squeegee on hand for daily squeegeeing):

  1. Nylon Handle Brush
  2. Small nylon grout brush
  3. EasyOxy
  4. MB3 Soap Film Remover
  5. MB9 Mildew Remover
  6. StoneScrub
  7. Diluted Bleach – 4oz to a 32oz squirt bottle of water (not for polished surfaces)
  8. Microfiber towels
  9. Appropriate Safety Gear

Evaluate Surfaces to begin maintenance:

  1. Check all grout areas especially in areas subject to intense exposure to water. The perimeter grout should be intact. If you have gaps or missing grout repair it as soon as possible to avoid water damage. Allow grout repaired areas to cure for a minimum of 7 days (optimum 14) prior to use.
  2. Look closely at the surface for water absorption. If you have dark tiles that once were light, especially in high water exposure areas, it is time to apply a sealer. It is best to allow drying time before sealing. Drying can be help along with heating and dehumidifying methods. (Allow sealed areas to cure for a minimum of 2 days (Optimum 5) prior to use.
  3. Evaluate the surface for mold or mildew. Mold and Mildew is not always visible so look carefully. Although some showers may need more frequent treatment, most showers will need a biyearly treatment to keep your shower mold free.

Daily Maintenance:

  1. Squeegee walls and glass after each shower.
  2. Dry corners and edges to remove water. This will help prevent mold.
  3. Leave the shower door open and if possible and window open to allow the surface to dry.

Weekly or Biweekly Maintenance:

  1. Spray the each wall with EasyOxy as necessary and buff clean with Microfiber cloth.
  2. Use EasyOxy on soap dish, shower seat, and any other horizontal surface. It may be necessary to allow a few minutes dwell time to break down soap scum if you have not yet made the transmission to liquid soap.
  3. Use EasyOxy on the glass and metal with a clean microfiber. If your glass has been treated with Wipe NSeal you should not have any mineral deposits to remove. Mineral deposits can be removed by rubbing liberally with StoneScrub. StoneScrub Residue can be removed with EasyOxy.

Biyearly or Every Six Months:

  1. Use MB3 Soap Film Remover to insure that you have fully removed soap scum. If you have made the transmission to liquid soap and have been squeegeeing the walls religiously, this step will be very easy or possibly unnecessary.
  2. Use MB9 Mildew Remover to kill and remove any living mold or mildew. If you have been using EasyOxy Cleaner on your weekly or biweekly cleaning, have been squeegeeing the walls religiously, and have completed the previous step, this step will be very easy or possibly unnecessary.
  3. Check all grout areas especially in areas subject to intense exposure to water. The perimeter grout should be intact. If you have gaps or missing grout repair it as soon as possible to avoid water damage. Allow grout repaired areas to cure for a minimum of 7 days (optimum 14) prior to use.
  4. Look closely at the surface for water absorption. If you have dark tiles that once were light, especially in high water exposure areas, it is time to apply a sealer. It is best to allow drying time before sealing. Drying can be help along with heating and dehumidifying methods. (Allow sealed areas to cure for a minimum of 2 days (Optimum 5) prior to use.

About Ted McFadden: Ted is the owner of Sureshine Care and Restoration Services, Inc. in Orange County California with an office in Morgan Hill, California. Ted has been polishing and restoring natural stone and tile since 1987, has written a book on the subject and teaches a four day intensive hands on seminar to teach interested students the stone restoration trade. If you are in need of services in Southern California, please call us at (800)378-0266 or emailinfo@sureshinecares.com. You can purchase all of the products listed in this article ateasystonecare.com.