It also covers the primary reasons how salt and soap residue develops on tile floors and where to purchase a simple but effective product to make cleaning tile floors easy and fast. Using a portion controlled package is a greener way to clean because reduces product waste and plastic/paper carton packaging waste. This method may be inexpensive but creates several issues that can be serious enough not to use vinegar. The correct product and procedures will always ensure great results.

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Salt residue is much easier to spot on the floor tile because salt residue leaves a white film on the floor. Below is the most common ways that this residue occurs on the floor. So it is recommended to always use a rinse free floor tile cleaner. These types of cleaner restorer products are intended to leave a small film on the floor to improve the gloss of the floor finish (wax). The result of this problem is the additional cost of premature stripping of the floor finish. The most common problem is adhesion issues of the floor finish to the floor.

The answer is to use a neutralizer in your final rinse step prior to applying the floor finish to the floor. This salt when mixed with water and is then spread to the floor through foot traffic leaving a tough to remove white film on the floor tile with a floor cleaner. But for those areas that have extreme water harness and salts are used to soften the water, a salt film can occur when cleaning floor tile with standard floor cleaning products. Again, a neutralizer will assist in removing the salt film from the floor tile. We recommend that even residential homes use a neutralizer to solve this problem but we have not seen a neutralizer sold on the shelves of a retail store.

This is specific problem that can be remedied quickly if the proper product is used. Some cleaning floor tile professionals use white vinegar to remove salt film and soap residue from the floor. Thirdly, using vinegar as a neutralizer does not perform as well as a neutralizer conditioner. The issue with these types of products; whether or not you burnish or buff the floor is over time they will actually darken or yellow the floor finish. The recommendation is to not use a cleaner/restorer product on the floor but if that is not possible, a neutralizer can be used on an occasional basis to assist in removing the soap film. When using these fixed alkali strippers and they are not properly rinsed, a soap residue can be left on the floor and have serious adverse effects on the subsequent floor finish coating.

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If this occurs, the entire process of stripping the floor has to be repeated which is costly from both labor and product standpoint. Some geographical areas have softer water hardness making this issue irrelevant. This is caused when diluting some floor cleaning products with salt softened water.

The internet is a good source to purchase this type of product for both commercial and residential users.

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However, new owners are often surprised to learn that marble requires careful handling. It also requires careful cleaning, and many homemade nontoxic cleansers aren’t appropriate for use on marble. This gives the stone attractively mottled and swirled patterns in a variety of colors, including various shades of gray, pink, red and green. These are usually treated with a sealant to make the stone less permeable to water. Even a mildly acidic liquid can etch or erode marble, depending how long it’s left on the surface. To clean the countertop, mist it lightly with the mild soap solution and wipe it clean with a soft, lint-free cloth.

If the marble is white, you can use a bottle of 6 percent hydrogen peroxide for your liquid, instead of water.

Like other types of stone, it’s brittle and can be broken or chipped. The cut surfaces can be polished to a high sheen, making marble an appealing choice for sinks and countertops. Prior to your purchase, talk to your stonemason about using a nontoxic sealant.

The problem is compounded by marble’s porous structure, which allows liquids to seep in. Then mix up a thick paste of more water with an absorbent material such as chalk, white flour or kaolin clay. Tape plastic over the poultice to keep it from drying out, and leave it for 48 hours.

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This slow moving process of grime accumulation snuck up on me- it’s not really my fault! No doubt you are thinking about hours of back breaking labor, scrubbing with a small brush into nooks and crannies-time slowly passing. Your bathroom tub, shower floors and walls start out in perfect shape and of course it would be nice to keep it that way. Here are my tried and true cleaning tips to help you clean up your dirty grout and tile fast.

Grout comes in many different colors and is used to fill in the empty areas between tiles covering tub or shower floors and walls. This grime builds up and hides the true color of the tile and make your white grout not-so-white. You don’t always have to pull out the strongest cleaners and stiffest bristle brushes to clean tile remove stains. Whatever you use to clean the grout can affect the surface of the tile. This is especially true if you have colored grout, some products can cause the color to change or fade.

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If you have simple stains or basic dirt from day to day use, it works well on ceramic or glass tiles.

The vinegar cleaning solution leaves no residue and can cut through grease, soap scum or other stains. Loosen the dirt from the areas you want to clean with a soft bristle brush and rinse with clean warm water. Some etching on natural tile looks good but only if it is meant to be there. With the paste you can fill in the grout and let it sit to get rid of any hard stains that won’t come out with just a rub down from your cleaning rag.

Through experience you will get to know your floors- what cleaners your tile work can take and what it cannot! Use an old toothbrush to ensure that the cleaner is applied to cracks and crevasses in the grout. Make sure the area is well ventilated to avoid breathing any vapors. Spray this solution on the surface of the tile and grout and let it sit for about 15 minutes to remove deep stains from your tile work. Ammonia or acids will react with bleach and cause hazardous gases to form. They can be damaged with cleaning solutions that are not made specifically for stone. Needless to say, she destroyed the travertine further and the client was naturally very upset. This is what we use at our house cleaning company and it’s a great way to clean marble. Wiping the shower dry after you use it will stop hard water deposits, mold and mildew from forming.

Dirty tile and grout stains can creep up on everyone, one day the tile is clean and the next day the grime seemingly covers the entire bathroom. Cleaning tile and grout to bring back its former glow can be a hard job but with a little guidance the process will become less painful for you.

Grout is porous nature and small uneven surfaces not seen by the naked eye can trap all the dirty, grimy things in your shower. All mold mildew needs is an unventilated, warm, damp area and a place to cling. Try wiping the tile or grout using a rag first- if the stain is too tough then move up to using a brush. When using a product for the first time check the product label to see if this is safe to use both for your grout and tile. These two areas are connected so there should be some consideration as to what cleaning product is used. The reason for doing this is to make sure that your cleaning solution doesn’t damage or discolor your tile or grout.

Mix in a spray bottle; 2 cups warm water 2 cups plain white vinegar 1 tsp.

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Acidic vineger is effective at removing hard water or mineral deposits formed on tile walls, floors and even shower doors. You can old toothbrush to clean tight areas like the corners and help the vinegar do its job.

Don’t use vinegar on any real marble, granite, travertine or other natural stone.

If you don’t know the material that is grouted double check with the manufacturer or installer. Don’t make more than you need because it loses its effectiveness quickly. Use a soft bristle brush or an old toothbrush (for detailed cleaning of grout lines) to avoid wearing away at the grout or scratching your tile. Use a soft bristle brush and lightly apply the cleaner on the stained tile or grout. Let the baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and soap mixture sit for about 15 minutes. Use a clean rag or washcloth to pick up any residue that remains on the tiles. After sitting for a few minutes wipe down your tile with a wet cloth and use a brush on any areas that have not come clean from just soaking. Switch to liquid body soap instead of bar soap to eliminate soap scum from forming. Spending some extra time, just a little here and there will halt the process of mildew, mold and soap scum forming in your bathroom- it will pay off in the end.

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Does anyone know what will work without damaging the stone?

You point the hose at the grout and it melts the dirt off with steam and wipe it off. Messy but cheaper than paying someone else to do the exact same thing to clean your grout! Apply to grout lines let sit for 20 minutes and then scrub off. You could try the gray and it won’t yellow like white does over time.

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I have been using them for years on my marble end tables and coffee table.

It’s a bit time consuming since you paint it on but it completely changes the grout color and seals in one step. Once you have cleaned it and the squares, mop the floor once a week, dry, with the sheets. I then use a non abrasive cloth to give the marble an extra shine!

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It is recommended to also wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Don’t allow it to dry, however, as dried vinegar can leave its own mark on the floor. Salt is also a whitening agent, so use it in any cleaning application you want.

Apply a coat of it on the affected floor with the help of a toothbrush and rub it in gently. You will need to really scrub to lift the stains from the floor.

If this does not help get rid of the deposits, then try using a pumice stone. Hard scrubbing might scratch your tile, so it is very important to take extra gentle care during this step. Make it a habit in future to scrub the floor gently at least once a week to prevent more buildup from occurring.

It is therefore important to clean calcium buildup on regular basis to avoid changing the entire flooring of the bathroom when it becomes too ugly. Before you can focus on the calcium deposits themselves, remove any excess dirt or debris with a quick mopping. Wiping it wet will clean the floor, and the salt will help in breaking up the calcium itself. To do this, get a soft scrub cleaner and a long-handled scrub brush.

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Removing soap scum from natural stone presents a special challenge, because many of the approaches that might work on another surface might be damaging in this case.

The goal is to apply ammonia only to the soap scum stain, and avoid directly contacting any bare natural stone surface.

Marble for example is sensitive to acids, and sealants on other types of natural stone surfaces might react unpredictably and undesirably with harsh cleaning remedies.

If the natural stone surface that you need to remove soap scum from is in the bathroom, run the shower at a hot temperature with the door closed to create a steam to loosen the soap scum residue. Once the soap scum is removed, rinse well with water and use a squeegee to wick away extra moisture and avoid over-wetting and pooling that may damage your natural stone surfaces and encourage buildup. If the soap scum buildup is particularly crusty, use a clean sponge dampened with water to dab the soap scum affected areas with ammonia. Keep clean dry paper towels and rags handy to wipe up stray ammonia that may get on unprotected/unstained areas of the natural stone surface to prevent corrosion.

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As a final resort, the entire surface can be treated with a lightly abrasive cleanser applied with a clean sponge dampened with water in a buffing motion. Before cleaning, always test the agent on an inconspicuous location to determine its suitability and to make certain it does not damage the material.

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Also, using a squeegee to wipe excess water off the walls after each shower is good to minimize soap scum, hard water, mold and mildew. It also seem strange to me the discoloration is grouped in various patches without a logical explanation why it happens in these places and not in others. Unfortunately, looks like you have water behind your tumbled marble tiles. It could be a plumbing problem as well, but much more likely a faulty installation.

The tiles absorb the moisture and that discolors the tumbled marble. To be clear , when a polished marble surface is etched it becomes rough like a honed or tumbled surface. You could use it cleaning the grout, but of course you’ll get the bleach on the tumbled marble tile. In fact most people after cleaning marble showers, think it looks great until you look closer and realize that there is still a film of soap scum on the tile. Soap scum is not that noticeable unless you have dark tile and it is a whitish (sometimes yellowish) smooth, soft film.

The only other cause is that you are using a product that is not safe for cleaning marble. And since you likely clean all the marble shower tiles (and not just the lower ones) you’d notice all the tiles turning white. Of course, from now on be sure to use only products safe for cleaning marble. Spray on and let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes and then scrub with a soft-bristle brush. Sealing won’t necessarily cause a problem, it just provides little benefit in a shower.

Attempting to seal a stone that is not absorbent could cause a problem though, if the sealant does not absorb and dries on top it will leave a dull streaky haze that will need to be stripped off. The shiny polish is the result of grinding and sanding with specialized machines and not by application of a spray or chemical. However, it is accumulating rather oddly on the wall surfaces rather than in corners and seams that gather more water. Sealer technology is advancing and many sealers let the stone breath better, but in a constantly wet environment sealing can potentially trap moisture in the marble (if water gets behind the tiles), which is not good. If you did happen to get a true stain in the shower you can use a poultice to remove it without much trouble. That is, the acidity of urine will corrode the marble making it dull and possibly discolored. The methods to do this depend on whether your marble is polished or honed.

The main thing is to use only products safe for cleaning marble & travertine to avoid etching or other damage caused by common name-brand household cleaners. Really this is the best product for “regular” shower cleaning since soap scum and hard water are constant issues. Make sure to turn on the exhaust fan and to leave the shower door/curtain cracked open to allow for air circulation to dry quickly. You should clean marble and travertine showers at a minimum of every two weeks, but weekly is best to keep mildew and bacteria at bay.

What would be a solution to restore the original colour and prevent this from happening in the future? Water is probably coming in through cracks and gaps (possibly not too obvious) in the grout, thus the random distribution.

Notice how the “stains” are all below the shower head and where the falling water hits on the ground. Water is seeping in and getting trapped behind the tiles creating an area of constant moisture. Contact with an acid/alkaline may still show some damage on a honed surface, but the acid/alkaline substance simply wouldn’t change the nature of the tumbled surface enough to notice right away, unless possibly it occurred in only one spot where the chemical sat for quite awhile or stained the stone. What you are describing sounds exactly like soap scum and/or hard water build up. Simply wiping it down even with a cleaner will not remove soap scum. Hard water build-up looks similar, except a crusty white build-up that is usually not as uniform in coverage.

In that case it would etch (corrode) the marble, which can make it look somewhat white and dull. For detailed advice on the above see our cleaning marble shower mold & mildew page.

If you notice the streaks get lighter and turn more gray, then it’s probably mildew. Once you eradicate the mildew, you need to repair the grout and/or caulk between the floor and wall to ensure water is not getting into the stone that way. It was never sealed & dirt from regular use of shower, which was apparently never cleaned by prior owner, has discolored the marble. It won’t protect against soap scum, mildew or hard water build up. And if the marble is polished, it may not even take a sealer since polished marble is not very absorbent and does not stain easy as is often stated (incorrectly) on the internet, etc. Go ahead and seal the floor and countertop though, if the water test shows they need it. You shouldn’t get mildew much if you are cleaning regularly and the shower has good ventilation. So, to keep them shiny you’ll need to have a professional re-polish your marble floor on a regular basis. It is possible that you have a soapy build-up on the floors depending on what has been used to clean them. There is a pinkish stain growing up the walls from the bottom of the shower.

My best guess is that the pinkish substance you are seeing is a pre-cursor to mildew. It could be that water is getting behind the marble, the marble is absorbing it and bathroom mold and mildew is forming. Seal it if you want to, but you really aren’t gaining much by doing so. This marble maintenance manual will teach you everything you need to know to protect, clean and care for your marble correctly and avoid problems.


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