Is Scrubbing Bubbles shower cleaner safe for marble?

linnea56January 14, 2014

I use that, but I only have ceramic tile. My 26 year old son just bought a condo with an all white/grey marble tub surround, floor, and countertop. He works insanely long hours (medical resident), and cleaning...well, let's just say he doesn't do much. He is no slob, doesn't clutter, always hangs up his clothes and such; but he doesn't even have time to sleep, much less clean the bathroom.

I have heard that changing from bar soap to a body wash is good too. Is that true?

I have never had to clean much marble so I promised to find out what was safe to use on it. I use Method all purpose spray cleaner on my granite, but I don't know if that is safe for marble, which is much softer.

Though obviously cleaned as well as possible before being put on the market, the marble on the shower walls is not shiny anymore. Same for one area of the countertop. The condo is about 6 years old.

Can you recommend what is safe to clean it with? Thanks!

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lillo

Scrubbing bubbles isn't safe at all . I use the DuPont brand marble revitalizer and cleaner . It was given to me by my marble fabricator . You can check at Home Depot , I think they sell it there . I use the SCI brand for my granite and i think it's also safe for marble . You can also find it at Home Depot . I am sure other members on the site use other products too .

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 12:49AM
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enduring

Liquid soap is better than bar soap. I noticed a marked difference in the build up of shower and tub rings. Once the shower is clean, have him squeegee the shower walls after a shower. I have heard many swear by this tech. for keeping the shower clean.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 7:36AM
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Sophie Wheeler

NO! It has acid in it and will etch marble! You need a stone cleaner that is pH neutral and specifically mentions marble.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 7:42AM
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Anna_in_TX

I ruined the gel coat on a cultured marble vanity, dulled an acrylic tub, and ruined shower/tub trim (Delta plastic) with scrubbing bubbles. STAY AWAY.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 7:52AM
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mlweaving_Marji

Is it real marble or cultured marble slabs? In condo's unless they're really high end it's typical to find cultured marble slabs as shower walls and as vanity counters adn sinks. You still need to be careful, but cultured marble will stand up to more cleaners than natural marble.
Ehow recommends using a vinegar solution in a spray bottle to clean cultured marble which you would never do with natural marble.
In the last house we built our shower had cultured marble slab walls, and I found that liquid body wash certainly left less soap scum than bar soap.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 8:07AM
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cat_mom

We have White Thassos marble shelves in all of the niches in our bathrooms, and WT marble accent and trim tile on the MB tub surround. I have been using 7th Generation disinfecting bathroom cleaner (spray) in the bathrooms from day one (I had called the company and was told the product was safe to use on sealed natural stone; marble, travertine....). 3+ years later, marble looks like new. No etch marks on the polished tile, not even on the shelves that hold soap, shampoo, or metal shaving gel can.

We keep a microfiber cloth on the towel bar mounted on the tub surround, and wipe down the walls and where the tile meets the tub after showering. Takes less than a minute, and goes a long way towards keeping the tile, grout, caulk, etc. looking clean between weekly cleanings with the spray. No build-up, water spots, or mineral deposits on our glossy white field tile.

I couldn't find a squeegee that I liked, and I think the microfiber does a better job mopping up puddles along the edge of the tub/tile. It dries out completely between uses, so it's ready to use again after the next shower.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 12:33PM
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linnea56

Thank you all! It's definitely real marble. I suspected it was not safe. I'll let him know. I'll pass on your suggestions...will probably buy the cleaner for him, to make it easier for him.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2014 at 1:18PM
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