By Kevin Fritz
You’ve invested good time and money transforming your bathroom into the haven you have always dreamed of, incorporating marble and granite—or perhaps some other natural stones—into much of the space. Indeed, granite vanity tops are ideal for the bathroom, as our marble bathtub surrounds. In any case, your bathroom looks spectacular. Now it’s up to you to keep it that way with some simple cleaning tips.
The major culprit in any bathroom is mold and mildew. Being the wettest space in your home, it is inevitable that some unsightly growths may infringe on your sanctuary. Mold and mildew tend to grow on damp surfaces and in areas with poor ventilation. Chips or cracks in grout can also be a harbor for mold and mildew. But fear not.
If you discover mold and mildew on your bathtub surround or vanity top, employ the advice of Mr. Stone, the quintessential expert when it comes to cleaning natural stone like granite and marble.
Mr. Stone recommends DuPont StoneTech professional Mold & Mildew Stain Remover. This spray-on mold and mildew stain remover is perfect for your entire bathroom since it is safe to use on natural stone, grout, ceramic and porcelain tile—and even glass. Use it in the shower, on the tub or vanity top backsplash.
What makes the Mold & Mildew Stain Remover a foolproof everyday cleanser is that it will not damage marble and granite. The same goes for limestone, travertine, and slate, all natural stones that are ideal for any bathroom.
Daily Cleaning and Sealing
To prevent stains and any type of unnatural buildup on your natural stone and grout, daily cleaning should be a part of your regiment with a dedicated natural stone cleaner. The AGM Cleaner is effective against grease and oils, has a pleasant smell and contains a small amount of sealer, meaning you are adding a little bit of protection each time you clean. For best results, spray directly on the surface of your natural stone, let sit for 15 seconds, then wipe with paper towel or clean cloth. All Granite and Marble products, also known as AGM, are the only products you should use on your natural stone so your investment remains as stunning as the day it was installed.
If you’re unsure whether your stone is in need of more sealer, conduct the simple water drop test. Let drops of water sit on the surface of your stone for a few minutes, then wipe it dry. If the area where the drops were placed seems darker, your stone is absorbing liquid and should be sealed or resealed.
What Stone is Safe?
Properly installed and cared for on a regular basis, you can’t really go wrong with most natural stone in your bathroom. Marble, granite, travertine, slate and onyx are all wonderful choices to transform your bathroom into a personal oasis.
However, there are some caveats to keep in mind. Stay away from soapstone for the shower. It is a beautiful stone, but cannot be sealed, which is important to fend off mold and mildew.
Marble is a limestone and is prone to etching, the chemical reaction from acids found in many products. Many vanity tops have been marred by etching, evident by a dull spot, or even a ring from a bathroom product container. That does not mean barring marble from the bathroom. White marble is all the rage and creates stunning shower and tub surrounds.
A note on travertine: It may be porous, but this stone is essentially created by hard water deposits, so it’s perfect for a bathroom. Just be sure it is properly sealed.