How to Clean Stone Tile in the Shower

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After installing beautiful stone tile in your shower, protect your investment with proper cleaning tactics.Certain cleaning products cause a chemical reaction when applied to natural stone, altering the color of the tile and potentially undermining its durability. Ensure porous stone, such as limestone and granite, is properly sealed after installation to protect the stone from oils and excess staining.

How to Clean Stone Tile in the Shower
(Heather Milward/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Stone tile cleaner
  • Stone mildew cleaner
  • Scrub brush (optional)
Step 1

Wipe down the shower after every use with a microfiber rag to remove excess moisture. This prevents the development of mildew and reduces soap scum build-up.

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Step 2

Clean soap scum and dirt with a diluted spray cleaner designed for use on natural stone once a week. Spray the tile evenly with the product and then wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. Rinse the shower thoroughly and remove excess water with a clean microfiber cloth.

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Step 3

Kill mildew with a store-bought cleaning formula specifically meant for stone tile. Products intended for ceramic tile may be too harsh for natural stone, even if the stone is sealed. Allow the product to sit according to manufacturer directions and then rinse the tile with clean water before drying the stone with a microfiber cloth.

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Step 4

Keep any acidic cleaners, such as white vinegar, toilet bowl cleaner and glass cleaner, away from the stone to prevent etching. If you have a glass door or mirror in the shower, spray the rag with window cleaner instead of spraying the glass directly to protect tile from over-spray. As an alternative, rubbing alcohol acts as a stone-tile-friendly glass cleaner.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Microfiber absorbs more moisture when dampened before use.
  • Aid in keeping your shower dry by leaving the shower door open for at least one hour after use.
  • Excessive soap-scum buildup or mildew may require a soft scrub brush in place of a microfiber cloth.
  • Avoid cleaning products not specifically marketed for stone, including most store-bought bathroom disinfectant sprays and powder cleaners.
  • Most tile manufacturers include care instructions with the warranty. Going against these instructions may void the contract.

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