How to Clean Natural Stone Shower Walls
Having natural stone for shower walls is a popular choice among many of the home designers; however, natural stone requires regular maintenance and cleaning in order to keep it free from mildew and molds. You can clean the stone shower walls with the following steps.
Step 1 - Regular Cleaning
Wear rubber gloves when cleaning with chemical solutions. With the help of the natural stone cleaner, you can clean the natural stone shower wall on a regular basis. Buy only quality products from trusted dealers or shop online for them. Do not use harsh chemicals, as they may destroy the sheen of the stones.
You can start using a product after doing a spot test in a small area of the wall. In order to clean you should mix, 1 part cleaner with 1 part water and use a sponge to apply the solution to the wall. Let the solution act for some time and wipe away the dirt and other deposits on the natural stone with a rag cloth before the solution dries off. You can also use a scrub brush to remove the deposits or films on the natural stone shower walls. After this scrubbing, rinse the wall cleanly with plain water.
Step 2 - Removing Soap Scum
Soap scum cannot be simply wiped off with a sponge. You should spray the cleaner solution in the soap scum and slide a plastic squeegee over it so that it comes off. If you feel the soap scum is too old and is not responding to the cleaner and squeegee, you should use ammonia.
Step 3 - Removing Stubborn Soap Scum
Mix 0.5-cups of ammonia to 1-gallon of warm water. Use this solution on stubborn soap scum and then wipe it off with a rag.
WARNING: Ammonia products can be toxic to breathe in and stain clothing, so put on a face mask and some old clothing before you starting working with it. For extra safety, make sure the bathroom has proper ventilation before you start.
Step 4 - Removing Molds and Mildew
Buy a quality mildew remover suitable for natural stone. Spray this remover over the shower wall. Leave the solution to act on the mildew for at least an hour. Then rinse the wall by showering water on it. Molds and mildews can also be removed by using a degreaser. Dilute it with hot water (10 parts water to 1 part degreaser). Apply this solution to the walls with a plastic bristles scrubber. However, conduct a spot test before applying to the entire area.
Step 5 - Daily Cleaning
In order to avoid the formation of soap scum or other films, you can wipe the walls with a microfiber rag after each shower use. You can also make a solution out of baking soda to act as a cleaning agent. Since baking soda does not damage the natural stone, it can be used as per manufacturer’s instructions to clean the walls on a daily or weekly basis.