Do you own a marble shower? Do you have to clean it but you’re not sure how so you’re letting the gunk and slime collect over time? If so, then you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ve written about the ins and outs of cleaning your marble shower. Not only that, but we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide that details the best way to remove the shower drain and tub spout.
What You’ll Need
- Your gentle bathroom cleaner
- A sponge or cloth to scrub
- A bucket
How To Clean The Marble Shower
First and foremost, you need to find the perfect gentle cleaner for your marble shower. To do so, you can either make your own cleaner or you can buy one from your local market. As long as it isn’t too harsh, you should be fine.
Now, you should fill a medium-sized bucket with lukewarm water. As you do this, throw in some of the soap you have. Dip your cloth or soft sponge in the soapy water and scrub away at your marble shower.
You should be aware that marble can be easily scratch (even when you apply glaze!) so you should not scrub too hard or else you can wear down your marble shower.
The Tub Spout
Now that you know how to clean the shower in general, you can learn all about what you need to do in order to remove your tub spout. You need to do this in cases where your piping system is worn, your spout leaks water, or if you just want a new spout to match your marble shower. Whatever the case is, here we have the best steps to help you remove your tub spout.
The Slip-On Tub Spout
Step One: Identify which spout you have
There are two main spouts which you’ll be removing: the regular tub spout and the tub spout with a divereter. You’ll know which one you have because a tub spout with a divereter is a tub spout which has a knob at the top of the spout.
Step Two: Caulk
Caulking is that white stuff between the tiles of a bathroom. You can think of caulking as a glue which holds parts of your bathroom or bath tub together. In order to remove your tub spout, you must remove the caulking.
Take your screwdriver and cut away at the caulking until it’s all removed.
Step Three: Take Off the Spout
In order to take off the spout, you need to insert your screwdriver backward into the spout itself. This way, you should have the handle of the screwdriver in the nozzle of the spout and twist it couterclockwise until it becomes unthreaded. Once it is, you can remove the tub spout.
Step Four: Tubing Cutter
You’ve taken the tub spout from the pipe that releases water into your shower or tub. There is probably a few extra inches on it and if that’s the case, then get out your tubing cutter and cut or strip the pipe until only three or four inches are extended from the wall.
Step Five: Cleaning
Your tubing is cut, your spout is removed, and the caulking is gone. Still, you probably have gunk hanging out to your piping. That’s why you need to get some steel wool out and smooth out your pipe so that the next spout can fit easily onto it.
Step Six: Silicone
Take some silicone grease and apply it to your existing pipe so that the new spout can be easily fitted and adjusted. Step Seven: The new spout Now you just have to slide on your new tub spout and tighten the screw!
Step Seven: The new spout
Now you just have to slide on your new tub spout and tighten the screw!
The Threaded Tub Spout
If you don’t have a slip-on tub spout then you most likely have a threaded tub spout. Here’s how you can remove it!
Wrench Grab the wrench from your toolbox and grasp your tub spout tightly. Turn it clockwise and as you do, your tub spout will loosen.
Remove a Shower Drain
Another method of cleaning your marble shower is to remove the shower drain and replace it with a new one.
Step One: The Cover
Get out a flathead screwdriver. Use the edge of the screwdriver to pop off the cover of the shower drain. If you have a glue-on shower drain then you’ll have to cut away at some of the glue that attaches the shower drain cover to the floor.
Step Two: Duct Tape
In this step, you need to either collect some duct tape into a ball and stuff your drain with it or you need to place tape over the hole in the shower hole. You will need to ensure that the edges of the hole are not covered, though, because you’ll need access to the piping later on.
Step Three: The Seal
Here, you’ll find a rubber compression gasket which is used to unify everything.
When this rubber compression gasket wears and malfunctions, home owners are faced with a variety of problems. To solve these problems, you’ll need to take out a pair of pliers. Grab the rubber compression gasket firmly and twist. At some point, you’ll be able to easily remove the compression nut and the gasket.
Step Four: The Removal
Most of us out there have no clue what a drain flange is.When you remove the drain flange you’ll be able to see the drain better. This is important because you’ll have to compress the drain and if you don’t have complete access to it you won’t be able to compress it properly.
Take a hacksaw and cut into the drain. Rather than cutting horizontally, you should cut vertically. Keep cutting until you reach the drain flange. You should now get out a flathead screwdriver.
With this tool, you’ll use its edge to life the drain flange upward and out. Cut away at any glue or gunk that might be caught around it.
Step Five: The Drain
Now, though, it’s time to remove your shower drain. There should only be a small piece of the drain left and if you take it and wiggle it around you’ll find that it’ll be freed in absolutely no time. Whether you decide to throw it away or put it to the side is your choice.
Now, you can clean the hole of your shower drain if you wish. You can also clean all of your piping and put it back together or you can replace it with a completely new system.
If you own a marble shower then there are many ways in which you can go about cleaning it. For one thing, you’ll probably want to remove your tub spout and your shower drain so you can clean every inch of your shower. Once you remove them, you can decide to replace these components with nicer and newer pieces or you can just put them back together later.
Other than that, simply clean your marble shower with a gentle cleaner and a sponge. Yes, it’s that easy! As always, feel free to leave comments below.