Is the silicone around your stone shower tiles black and mouldy?
Black, mouldy silicone, tiles and grout in a stone shower, look unsightly and can harbour bacteria. Here are some tips for keeping mould away:
Tip 1: Don’t let mould build up
Mould is bacteria and will spread quickly If not treated immediately with the correct products. The most important thing you can do to prevent mould from staining your shower silicone, stone tiles and grout is it to wash it off as soon as it appears. The longer it is left, the more likely it will spread and stain.
Tip 2: Use only a specialised stone cleaner Supermarket cleaners designed to remove mould can be harsh and can dull marble and natural stone over time. These include Exit Mould, Domestos and undiluted bleach.
Tip 3: Call for advice Removing mould yourself can be tricky and potentially harmful. We can advise you on the most suitable products to use to attempt removal yourself.
Warning:NEVER mix ammonia products with bleach as this can cause a toxic reaction.
If in doubt about how to remove the mould in your stone shower, call The Marble Man. We will assess the level of damage caused by the mould, and either safely clean it off or polish the tiles and replace the silicone and grout.
Do your stone shower tiles need an anti-bacterial treatment?
Stone shower tiles, grout and silicone, are particularly prone to the build up of mould and bacteria because they are constantly wet. Here are some tips for keeping your stone shower bacteria free:
Tip 1: Dry the shower area If shower tiles are not dried immediately after use, a combination of water and bacteria will cause mould to grow. It is usually not practical to do this so as an alternative, keep the shower area well ventilated. Open a window and the shower door to dry the area naturally. A well designed shower with good fall towards the drain is a major help in keeping the area dry.
Tip 2: Clean your shower with a recommended anti-bacterial product Use only a PH balanced stone care product with anti-bacterial qualities. General cleaning products that contain bleach and abrasives may damage marble and stone and will not generally kill mould.
Do you know which cleaning products to use on your stone shower tiles?
Marble and stone showers need specialised PH balanced stone products that will clean the grout, silicone and tiles, and will not dull the stone over time. Here are some tips for choosing a stone shower cleaner:
Tip 1: Choose a product that does not contain abrasive agents
These include Jif, Ajax, creme cleansers.
Tip 2: Choose a product that is PH balanced and non-acidic Acidic substances often found in ‘natural’ cleaners include, orange, lemon, lime etc. These substances are not ideal for long term use on natural stones such as marble, limestone and travertine.
We recommend the following marble and stone shower cleaning products::
Stone Deep Cleanfor regular cleaning, in ground dirt, deep cleaning and anti-bacterial treatment
Scrub A Dub white scourer – the only scourer we recommend as it does not scratch natural or engineered stone