Cleaning Tumbled Marble Shower Floors-5 easy steps
The practice of taking something new and intentionally speeding up the aging process to make it look broken-in or worn is nothing new, but unlike the acid wash jeans debacle of the late '80's, tumbled marble is still in vogue today.
A popular choice for flooring and backsplashes, this natural stone product can be found throughout the home. If you're seeking information on how to care for this type of stone, and in particular, how to clean tumbled marble shower floors, your search is over.
What is Tumbled Marble?
The process of extracting marble from the earth in gigantic slabs and then shipping them to fabricators for cutting and finishing is an age old practice.
In order to make tumbled marble, a few more steps are needed:
1. Tiles are cut from marble slabs or broken pieces into sizes slightly larger and thicker than regulation sized tiles (typically 4, 6 or 8 inches).
This allowance provides room for shrinkage as the edges of the marble are worn down; the added thickness prevents the marble pieces from breaking.
Note that larger tiles may need to be hand or machine finished instead since the tumbling process may cause them to break.
2. Tiles are then placed inside a large rubber drum along with a mixture of abrasive materials such as sand, crushed stone, cement pieces, rocks and water. The drum is then rotated, literally tumbling the marble.
3. Because the tumbler can't tell one side of the tile from the other, the back will need to be smoothed and ground down for uniformity and ease of installation.
The resulting product has a rustic feel with worn edges, small pits or fissures on the surface of the tile and a matte finish.
tumbled marble showerPopular Applications of Tumbled Marble
Tumbled marble can be used indoors or out in a variety of applications. This low maintenance stone (much less slippery than its polished counterparts), is popular for driveways, patios and pool decks, as well as in kitchens and baths on the backsplash, shower walls and floors.
How To Clean Tumbled Marble Shower Floor Tiles
While tumbled marble is relatively low maintenance, it still needs some TLC to maintain the look and feel of the stone. In areas such as the shower floor--where bath and shower products, body oils, water and grime come in daily contact with the material--it's vital that you establish a consistent and effective routine to help clean and protect your investment.
Following installation and the curing of the grout, tumbled marble should be sealed to help prevent staining and make clean up a breeze.
This process should be repeated every 6 to 12 months as needed, using a water-based formula designed for use on unpolished, natural stone surfaces.
As for how to clean tumbled marble shower floor tiles, follow these easy steps:
1. Select an intensive type cleaner, designed for use on unpolished stone and grout.
2. Dilute the solution according to instructions.
3. Apply the cleaner generously to the surface of the floor, and allow it to stand for 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Using a non-abrasive brush or sponge, gently agitate the the surface to loosen grime.
5. Use a soft sponge or cloth to remove the soiled solution, and rinse the area well with clean water.
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