Cleaning and Removing Soap Scum in a Limestone Shower

Cleaning and Removing Soap Scum in a Limestone Shower

How To Clean And Restore A Limestone Shower

Limestone Shower Restoration Tips

When cleaning limestone you should always properly dilute your chemical cleaning products with water before applying them to the limestone. It is also important to water down and get the limestone wet before actually applying any type of cleaning solution to limestone. MB-3 should be diluted 2 parts warm water with one part MB-3.

You can use a spray bottle to generously apply the MB-3 onto the limestone shower walls. You should use a soft scrubbing sponge to gently scrub the limestone shower tiles to loosen up the soap scum. It is important not to let the MB-3 solution dry on the shower walls. You should keep applying more MB-3 solution as needed to keep it from drying on the shower walls. Keep scrubbing the limestone shower walls with the soft scrub brush until you have loosened up and removed all of the soap scum from the limestone shower walls.

A more aggressive type of scrub pad can typically be used to remove the soap scum on the limestone shower floor. Shower floor tiles are typically smaller mosaic tiles that are not polished like the wall tiles. Aggressively scrubbing these mosaic floor tiles will not typically damage or dull the finish of these mosaic tiles. Shower floors usually accumulate the most soap scum so it is usually necessary to aggressively scrub them to remove all traces of soap scum.

Many limestone showers will also have moldy caulk that needs to be replaced to make the shower look like new again. When re-caulking a limestone shower you should take extra care to not scratch the limestone when removing the old moldy caulk. The soft limestone tiles can easily be scratched when slipping while using a razor blade scraping tool to remove the old caulk.

Sealing the limestone shower after cleaning it is also extremely important. A high quality stone sealer will protect the limestone tiles from the damaging effects of the shower water. Stone sealers will also keep soap scum and hard water deposits from being absorbed by the limestone. Deep cleaning a limestone shower will usually remove any sealer that has been previously applies so it is always a good idea to seal the limestone shower after it has been cleaned. Most limestone showers should be regularly deep cleaned and sealed at least once per year. After cleaning, sealing, and re-caulking a limestone shower you should wait at least 24 hours for the sealers and caulk to dry before using the shower.

Cleaning and Removing Soap Scum in a Limestone Shower

Regularly wiping down and maintaining a limestone shower after taking a shower is also extremely important. After using the shower you should wipe it down and dry it to keep the soap scum and hard water deposits from building up. A PH neutral stone cleaning product can be used to gently clean the shower without removing the stone sealer that has been applied. It is also a good idea to only use liquid soap when showering in a limestone shower. Liquid soaps will not leave a chalky soaps scum film like bar soaps can.

Over time all limestone showers will eventually lose their original polished or honed finish and must be professionally polished by a professional stone restoration contractor. A professional stone restoration contractor will use diamond pads to give your limestone shower tiles a highly polished or honed look depending on how shiny you want your limestone tiles to be. You should discuss your limestone shower restoration options with a stone restoration contractor to find out what is the best option available for restoring your limestone shower.

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