Free Instructions for Cleaning Granite Showers

Like the other granite surfaces in your home, cleaning granite showers should only be one part of your stone care plan. I recommend a plan that includes daily, weekly and annual treatments in addition to any repair that becomes necessary over the lifetime of your granite shower.

Daily Granite Shower Care

Adopt a "no bar soap" policy.

The chemical that makes bar soap a hard bar is the same chemical that creates soap scum. Get rid of the bar soap and you will get rid of the soap scum. Cleaning Granite Showers is much easier without soap scum!

Squeegee after every shower.

Most people squeegee the glass in their shower after showering. Removing the water from the glass prevents water spots and makes the glass much easier to keep clean. Ironically, few people apply this thinking to their granite. Removing the water from your granite will provide the same benefits. Cleaning granite showers is much easier without water spots. I recommend using a squeegee after every shower, or if the shower is used twice in a short period of time, after the last shower.

Weekly or Biweekly Granite Shower Care

Clean the Granite Shower.

Granite showers need to be cleaned regularly. I recommend two to four cleanings per month, depending on how often the shower is used. Clean granite showers using your neutral cleaner. (Note: Always test your granite cleaner in a small inconspicuous area to determine if the product is suitable).

Check for Mold.

Visually inspect the granite, grout and silicone(if any, it is used around the edges of the shower glass) for the presence of mold. If mold is found click here for mold treatment instructions.

Monthly Granite Shower Care

Inspect your shower.

Visually inspect your shower for damage. Check the grout to make certain there are no cracks or voids. If your grout is missing or cracked, go to the grout repair for free grout repair instructions. For slab granite showers, check the epoxy seams for cracks or voids. If the epoxy damaged, go to the granite repair section for granite repair instructions.

Annual Granite Shower Care

Test the sealant.

For the granite shower that is frequently used, I recommend testing the sealant at yearly intervals by performing the water-bead test.To perform the water-bead test on your granite countertops, drip water in several areas of the countertops. Watch the drip as it hits the granite countertop. When the drip hits the surface, it should flatten out, then the drip will shrink in diameter and get higher and more round forming a dome. This "beading" of the water indicates that the sealant is repelling water effectively.
To perform the water-bead test on your granite countertops, drip water in several areas of the countertops. Watch the drip as it hits the granite countertop. When the drip hits the surface, it should flatten out, then the drip will shrink in diameter and get higher and more round forming a dome. This "beading" of the water indicates that the sealant is repelling water effectively. If the water does not "bead" well you need to re-seal the granite shower. Click here for granite sealing instructions.

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