Limestone tiles in your shower can provide you with a natural and heavily durable decorating option that will not deteriorate over time. To keep the shower looking its best, you must clean the tiles regularly. Use shower cleaning solutions that will remove dirt, soap scum and grime without damaging the limestone.
Elements to Consider
There are several things that build up in a shower through regular use. Soap scum and shampoos are always present, along with lotions, oils and dirt. Hard water spots are another issue; when you have a high alkaline level in your water supply, the water can dry as discoloured build-up. All of these elements combined create a shower area that looks dirty and uncared-for when not cleaned regularly.
Regular Cleaning of the Shower Area
After each use of the shower, whenever possible, wipe down all the surfaces with a damp rag, followed by a dry rag. This will remove the soap scum and build-up before it's able to dry on your limestone surface. Do this daily or as often as possible to minimise build-up.
Weekly cleaning should be done with a homemade cleaning solution or a stone cleaner labelled safe for use on limestone. If you're making your own shower cleaning spray, combine 2 cups of water with 1/2 cup of white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap. Vinegar will disinfect and break up hard water residue, and will also kill mould and mildew. Dish soap will break up soap scum and other elements that accumulate on the limestone. Spray either the stone cleaner or your homemade spray on the shower, and wipe it off with a wet rag, followed by dry rag. For stubborn residue, spray either solution on the shower surface and scrub with a wet nylon scrub brush. Again, wipe the entire surface with a damp cloth and dry it with a clean cloth afterward.
Things to Avoid
Do not use bleach on your limestone tile, as this can quickly deteriorate and discolour the limestone, leaving you with an unattractive shower area and, in many cases, an expensive repair or replacement. Also avoid using wire cleaning brushes, as they will scratch the limestone.