By learning how to clean natural stone properly, you will improve the look and feel of your stone surfaces and keep your bathroom looking beautiful for years to come.

Cleaning stone tiles

Problems such as soap scum build-up, hard water spots, stains, etching, mold and mildew growth can be difficult to impossible to fix without the help of a professional. So, when cleaning natural stone tile, an ounce of prevention goes a long way.

All stone--granite, travertine, limestone, and marble included-- is porous. It will, therefore, absorb liquids; with your bathroom being such a moist environment it is vital to protect your stone with a stone sealer when it is installed. Unfortunately, most shower cleaners, including many homemade varieties, will wear away your sealer, allowing hard water, acids from personal care products, and organic material like mold and mildew to penetrate your stone.

To keep your shower cleaner, wipe it down with a squeegee or towel after every use. This will ensure that the entire shower has time to thoroughly dry between uses, thereby preventing the growth of mold and mildew. Then when cleaning your stone tile, always use a pH neutral tile cleaner such as Supreme Surface® Stone Shower Cleaner. This 100% natural cleaner has a proprietary conditioner called ioSeal that will protect your stone surfaces from soap scum build-up, hard water deposits, stains, mineral buildup and more. It is also safe for use on all stone surfaces, glass, and plumbing fixtures.

For existing soap scum or hard water deposits, treat your shower with Supreme Surface Scum & Mineral Deposit Remover.

Proper Care for Stone Tile Showers

In addition to daily cleaning, always make sure the grout, silicone, or caulking around your stone tiles stays intact. This prevents water from getting behind the surface. Since it is natural for walls to expand and contract, it is inevitable that you will need to do a simple touch up along your walls and flooring as part of routine maintenance. But if these bonding agents are cracked, peeling, or crumbling, water will get behind the tile creating a potentially large mold and mildew problem, requiring remediation (which means they will have to tear out your stone tiles).

Prevention really is the key to maintaining a beautiful, relaxing atmosphere in your bathroom. Daily cleaning with Supreme Surface Shower Cleaner will enhance the color of your stone, create a healthier environment for you, and protect your investment in your home.