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Today’s chemist tip can be a cheap DIY or you can buy the items, either way this is how to clean shower tile the RIGHT way.
Many, actually most, of our readers on Chemistry Cachet really love making their own cleaning solutions. I get emails all the time with questions about certain homemade products and surfaces to use them on.
One of our goals is to make sure we help you find the best products that work, and save you from making something dangerous to you or your surfaces.
When I talked about vinegar a couple of months ago, I mentioned that you must not use it on natural stone surfaces because it can harm surfaces like this. It will eat away overtime and also eat away any finish you have on top.
Vinegar is highly acidic, so it does cut down on soap scum well, but can’t be used on natural stones. Vinegar is one of the main components in this really effective bathroom cleaner. If you have regular bathroom tiles, ceramic, acrylic, or anything of that nature, you can use this bathroom cleaner.
So, what about those stone tiled showers? That is what we have in our master bathroom and it can be pretty tough to clean correctly.
I have tested dozens of methods over the years since we bought this house, and today I want to share with you how to clean your stone shower tiles.
This is the best, safest way to clean natural stone shower tiles, but will also work on other surfaces.
Supplies for Cleaning the Tile:
Magic Eraser (Make Your Own DIY from the Book)
Natural Stone Cleaner (Make Your Own Stone Cleaner from the Book)
Cleaning Towel (These are great for cleaning)
I always recommend cleaning showers right after you’ve taken one since it will be nice and hot, all that steam allows the scum to be loosened already.
With the magic eraser, rub the areas of bad soap scum. After scrubbing the area with the magic eraser, wipe off with a damp towel.
Next, spray your stone cleaner all over the surfaces. With a sponge, scrub the area. If you own Chemistry Hacks for Home and Outdoors, I love using the stone/granite “everything” cleaner. It works perfect for this.
Now, rub with a damp towel.
It should be nice a clean now!
For glass shower doors: Use the exact same method (You might not even need to sponge it, just the damp towel will do), but you may need to rinse it with hot water if any soap scum residue remains. If you are not using this DIY granite cleaner that also doubles as a glass cleaner, please use glass cleaner for the shower door after using the magic eraser.
The hardest part about stone tiles is how the soap scum forms a whitish, almost cloudy like residue on the the tiles. When we first bought the house, I never realized the dull look the tiles had overtime was actually soap build up. It starts out subtle and just keeps building.
Using this method, will make your tiles really brighten up!
We made a short video for the shower door cleaning you can check out below:
Chemist Tip for Shower Glass:
The best tip I have for keeping up with your shower glass, is to keep up with it. I actually keep a small bottle of my DIY stone/granite cleaner. While taking a shower, I spray the door, then wipe it off when I am done with a shower. It keeps soap scum away!
Another tip is to keep one of these squeegees in the shower, and use it when you are done running the shower. My parents have a large glass shower and this is what they do. It keeps the glass nice and sparkly.
What if I don’t have your ebook?
Will the magic eraser leave residue on the glass?
Yes it can, that is why you will follow up with the cleaner and damp towel. I always recommend to follow up with a dry cleaning towel at the end.
Will the magic eraser harm the stone surface?
Not if used properly. The DIY version in the book is going to be a little safer than store-bought, but when used occasionally, both are safe. I always recommend doing this only when you have a very bad soap scum residue. Try to keep up with cleaning the stone tile with your stone cleaner as often as possible.
Again, you should only be using the magic eraser to rub over the area gently once or twice. It doesn’t take more than that! For marble/granite like surfaces, also be careful and use according to directions.
Why does this work?
Magic Erasers have a special sponge formulated to remove most build ups. We talk about this more in the ebook, but this sponge targets soap scum specifically. While, the chemicals in a magic eraser target the soap scum, you still need a nice stone cleaner to clean up the rest of the residue. For the glass, it works the same way. Using a glass cleaner or our DIY granite cleaner will get rid of the magic eraser residue, plus the rest of the soap scum.
Will this work on hard water stains?
Yes it will. If you have hard water stains on another surface like acrylic, porcelain, or other bathroom surfaces, please use this all-purpose bathroom cleaner.
Will this work on mold?
No, this is specifically for soap scum.
When is the best time do this?
Right after taking a hot shower, this works awesome! Steam looses all the soap scum and buildup on the tiles and glass. It will help this solution work much better.
How often should this be done?
Using the DIY granite cleaner or store-bought stone cleaner can be used as much as everyday. The magic eraser method should be done only when soap scum is very thick. This is something we do every few months. If you keep up with cleaning, you won’t have to do this often at all. Use no more than every 4 months!
The stone cleaner doesn’t seem to get the residue off as well, am I doing something wrong?
Make sure your towel is damp when following up from the magic eraser! It will help the stone cleaner to work better.
Disclaimer: This post was researched and written by a chemist from a chemistry standpoint. Always consult a professional before use on your surfaces if you are wondering about use. We test and research all of our chemist tips for months or years, so everything is safe and effective. Always test small areas of your home before using homemade solutions.