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Unread 11-04-2016, 04:33 AM   #1
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Suggestions on cleaning soap film offa rough slate shower???

Did a heavy duty cleaning on a slate shower with soap film on walls and floor. Used a high alkaline, semi liquid type cleaner and some abrasional 'elbow grease' (that chemical is a patented secret!)

It came out about 30% ....better...than the photo....but that's not what the client or I was hoping for.

I'm planning on going back to do more. Obviously if you get some of it, you could just keep going till you get almost all of it, but I was hoping y'all would shed some slate cleaning wizdum on me so I spend less of the remaining short years of my life in this shower...

Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanx!
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Unread 11-04-2016, 04:50 AM   #2
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That looks nasty!!! How/why did it ever reach that stage?
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Unread 11-04-2016, 04:58 AM   #3
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Well, I'm goin' out on a limb...most homeowners aren't sure how to clean a stone surface. This particular slate is not really acid sensitive or all that alkaline sensitive, but they hear about 'stone is sensitive to chemicals' online and that scares them about what to use.

If you clean a stone shower with just water, you can end up with a lot of soap film after a while. Porcelain or ceramic with a shiney glaze will clean off pretty well, but rough surfaces are more 'sticky'...harder to get them looking good.
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Unread 11-04-2016, 05:04 AM   #4
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I would try some Zep tub n tile cleaner. It can be bought at HD. Then I would suggest to the user to switch to a liquid soap. That should stop most of that buildup.
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Unread 11-04-2016, 06:34 AM   #5
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What Jerry said. Or maybe a power washer (seriously) and some goggles.
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Unread 11-04-2016, 06:04 PM   #7
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Looks like more mineral deposits than soap film but probably a mix.
We generally use a nylo grit brush or silicon carbide brushes at a 180 grit level.
Then move up the grits till you get the color back.
You need an acid to break down the mineral deposits-start with white vinegar and work up sulfamic,gycolic phosphoric. You can mix acids for better results.
The brushes will work like a dream but the acids will decalcify the surface.
Then once your all clean up the question will come up regrding sealing or color enhancing.
They can keep it looking good with some maintenance.
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Unread 11-05-2016, 10:23 AM   #8
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A few years ago I did a search on brushes and ran across a "drill brush". Basically a round scrub brush that fits onto a cordless drill. It makes scrubbing my shower much easier. On Amazon, do a search for "drill brush" and several will pop up.
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Unread 11-05-2016, 11:43 AM   #9
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Davy,

OK, that sounds like it would be a useful tool in situations like this, thanks for the suggestion!
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I bought a couple of those brushes at Davy's suggestion some years back and have found them exceeding useful. I use mine on an 18v right-angle drill for cleaning and find the stiffer ones most useful.
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I first went to Home Depot and asked a lady if they had any kind of brush that would fit my drill and she gave me the deer in the head lights look. Went home and got online and within a couple minutes found the drill brush. Glad to pass it on, I've bought several of them.

My wife was trying to get me to use an old tooth brush for cleaning the shower. I didn't tell her she was crazy but I was thinking it.
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That's a neat idea Davy! Are they made of nylon/plastic etc?

Years ago I use to use metal wire brushes when working on cars,when cleaning parts etc.
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The link CX posted shows nylon brushes. There's many different brushes available now on Amazon than there was a couple years ago.
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