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Unread 03-12-2012, 07:34 PM   #1
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soap scum on marble

I installed a marble shower about 8 years ago and the homeowner has called me back to clean and reseal the shower. I tried the Stone Tech soap scum remover thinking it would cut the soap but it didn't do much, even after scrubbing it with a scrub brush and a scrub pad, it still has a white film over it. I'd hate to hafta tell them it needs to re polished although that may be the only way out. Does anyone have any advice?

Well, the pic is sideways but you can see the white just below the stripe. The area down low is just as bad but was still wet so it doesn't show up as much.
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Unread 03-12-2012, 08:13 PM   #2
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Could try a steamer (a good one) we have used it for removing soap scum from showers on grout/ceramic/ porcelain haven't tried it on marble. We use a Vaporlux ($2900.00). Maybe you can find one to rent?
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Try some acetone or MB soap scum remover.If that doesn't do it i think it has to be polished.Did you try a razor to see if it actually is scum?
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Thanks for the help.
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Davy, I'd advise them to lay off bar soap too. I learned that lesson a little late.

Gorgeous shower work by the way.
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Thanks, Marge. Overall, the shower still looks great. In 8 years I've never had to touch up the grout or do anything to the shower. The only problem is the soap film. I did notice a couple bars of soap, I need to mention that to them.

The acetone wouldn't remove the soap. I told the decorator to have the shower repolished. I don't have enough experience to mess with it. Thanks again.
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Try Zep tile cleaner. HD has it. It says not to use on marble but I have and it works great. Takes the scum right off. I just wouldn't use it on a weekly basis. Afterwards maybe some Aqua Mix Stone Enhancer?
BTW, think that might be efflorescence?
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We just started carrying the StoneTech Soap Scum remover. It's tough to recommend to people since we haven't really experimented with it.

Did the product help at all?
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Thanks, Jerry. I will look for the Zep.

Daniel, I can't say that in this case it helped much at all. I never thought about it being efflorescence. I've never had a problem with it before. I have seen efflorescence bleed out of grout joints of brick and stone but I've never seen it turn a whole wall white like this.
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Good to know Davy. Thank you so much for following up.
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