Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to keep a marble shower wall clean from hard water stains, mould, and limescale build-up.
Warning: Never use limescale removal products on marble, limestone, travertine or slate. Using these products will etch into the stone and will require a sanding and polishing restoration service to restore the shine. It is much easier for a stone restoration specialist to remove limescale from the surface of the stone than it is to sand out the damage that’s caused by acidic limescale removal products.
At the bottom of this page you will see a list of suitable pH-neutral cleaning products that can be used in your stone bathrooms. If they are no longer available on the market please get in touch and we may find an alternative link for you.
Regular cleaning of stone bathrooms
For cleaning of delicate marble stone bathrooms gather the following items: a pH-neutral cleaner specifically designed for marble, a soft sponge or cloth, a spray bottle, a squeegee, and gloves.
- Preparation: Ventilate the bathroom. Remove any toiletries or items from the shower area.
- Dilute the Cleaner: Follow the instructions on the marble cleaner and if necessary dilute it with water in the spray bottle.
- Spray & Wipe: Spray the cleaner onto the marble surface. Avoid harsh scrubbing or abrasive materials that can scratch the marble. Use a soft sponge or microfibre cloth to gently wipe the surface.
- Rinse: Rinse the marble thoroughly with water to remove the cleaner residue.
- Dry and buff: Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the marble dry. This helps prevent water spots and maintains the shine of the marble.
Preventive Maintenance Tips
- Squeegee After Use: Encourage everyone to squeegee the marble walls after each shower to remove excess water and prevent water spots and mineral build-up. Use a microfibre cloth to remove water droplets from the taps.
- Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation in the bathroom to reduce moisture and mould growth. Use an exhaust fan during and after showers.
- Seal the Marble: Consider applying a marble sealer periodically. It helps protect the marble from stains and makes cleaning easier by creating a barrier against moisture.
- Regular Maintenance: Perform regular cleaning and address any stains promptly to prevent them from becoming harder to remove.
By following these steps and incorporating preventive measures, you can effectively maintain the cleanliness of your marble shower walls and prevent hard water stains, mould, and limescale build-up.
If you do not follow these guidelines on a regular basis then limescale will accumulate and become impossible to remove with neutral pH marble cleaning solutions and soft cloths. The only way to remove a heavy build-up of hard-water stains is to mechanically strip them off with blades and diamond abrasives, which should only be used by stone bathroom polishing company. We do not recommend these techniques unless you have experience. Using abrasives to remove limescale requires a polishing service to restore the shine on the marble bathroom walls and floors. We use specialist machinery, so please do not attempt this yourself.
Here are a few products available in the UK that are suitable for cleaning marble shower walls
Please be aware that we haven’t personally tested these products and do not benefit from any purchases you make. This information is based on the supplier’s descriptions, and we cannot be held responsible for any misleading details. Generally, products claiming to be neutral pH cleaners “safe for marble” should be suitable for all types of stone bathrooms.
Keep in mind, when trying a new product, always conduct a test directly on a small, inconspicuous area of your stone. If it causes a permanent mark, at least it won’t draw your attention every time you walk into the room. If damage does occur during your test, when you next have your stone marble bathroom polished, we can easily address the damage caused.
When using chemicals in confined spaces remember to ventilate the rooms and invest in the correct breathing mask with a minimum of A2 filtration rating. A P3 dust mask does not filter out smaller chemical vapours.
- Klindex Professional Stone Soap Cleaner and Impregnating Sealer. Klindex Stone Soap is the perfect product to use as a cleaner and impregnating sealer, it has a distinctive combination of natural fatty acids that react with the calcium found in a range of stone/concrete floors. This creates a dirt-repellent barrier that is insoluble to water. Due to this, the use of Klindex Stone Soap concrete/natural stone surfaces will temporarily stop water transferred dirt from penetrating them. This product also allows surfaces to breathe without changing their original colours. Additionally, Klindex Stone Soap can clean and protect grout lines.
- HG Neutral Cleaner for Natural Stone Floors 46, Safe Flooring Cleaner for Marble & Other Natural Stone Tiles: An effective cleaner designed for marble and natural stone surfaces, it helps eliminate soap scum, water stains, and other residues.
- Ecozone Mould Remover: Effective against mould and mildew, this product is suitable for marble surfaces and helps prevent regrowth when used regularly.
- Method Daily Shower Cleaner: While not specifically for marble, this eco-friendly cleaner is gentle and suitable for regular use on various surfaces, including marble, to prevent build-up.
- MarbleLife Marble & Travertine Cleaner: A pH-balanced cleaner specifically designed for marble, helping to clean and maintain the shine without damaging the surface.
Always check the labels to ensure that the product is suitable for marble surfaces and perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area before using it on the entire surface to ensure compatibility and avoid any potential damage to the marble.
If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with us.