5 Steps to a Gleaming Granite Shower April 22 2016, 0 Comments

 Stepping into a clean, fresh smelling shower, is one of life's little pleasures, greatly elevated when the shower walls are covered in a luxurious natural stone. The best way to guarantee that your granite shower retains its beauty and shine, is by developing a consistent routine for cleaning and maintenance, and by using the right products for the job.

From the Kitchen to The Bath
There is no doubt that installing granite in your shower or tub will add beauty, elegance and value to the room, but are there any benefits to using granite over other types of stone? The fact that granite is one of the hardest stones around is a great indicator of how well it will hold up under most conditions, and anyone that has seen how it performs in the kitchen, knows that it can withstand a great deal of use (and abuse).

However, the conditions in your shower are on a whole different level from your countertops; while in the kitchen you need to watch out for stains, scratches and hot pans, with your granite shower, soap scum and moisture can be your worst enemies.

5 Steps to Refresh and Renew

  1. Spray. Keep your shower spray nearby, and use it on your granite tile or slab, fixtures and glass, immediately following your shower.
  2. Squeegee. Dry your granite shower walls and glass with a rubber squeegee. *If cleaning a dry shower, spray on the shower cleaner, wiping down with a wet terry towel or sponge, and allow to air dry.
  3. Don't forget the grout. Over time your grout may begin to stain; spray the shower cleaner on to the affected areas, agitating with a soft bristled hand brush or scrubbing pad. Wipe down with a soft terry towel and clean water, and allow to air dry. 
  4. Tackle mold and mildew. Heavily soiled tile or grout and stubborn mildew stains, all require a more intensive cleaner. Spray your mold and mildew remover onto the affected areas, allowing it to stand for 2 to 3 minutes before agitating with a soft bristled hand brush or scrubbing pad. Wipe down with a soft terry towel and clean water, and allow to air dry.
  5. Seal your grout. Keep moisture out, prevent staining, and make clean up easier by sealing your grout every 12 to 18 months, using a high quality sealer formulated for natural stone. 

Granite Shower Maintenance Tips
Ditch the bar soap. Rid your granite shower of soap scum once and for all, by switching to liquid soap or shower gel. The same ingredient that forms bar soap in to a solid object is also responsible for the film that's left on your shower walls, fixtures, door and floor.

Trust the experts. Avoid using homemade cleaning products, or those containing acidic or abrasive ingredients. Vinegar, bleach and other acidic substances can damage your granite and lead to costly repairs; instead, stick with products developed and manufactured by industry experts specifically for use on natural stone surfaces.

Keep an eye out. Be vigilant with periodic inspections of your granite shower. Keep an eye out for signs of mold, mildew or staining, or areas where grout may be cracked or missing.

Be sure to download our free Granite Care Guide below, which is full of expert tips on the cleaning and maintenace of the granite surfaces in your home!
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