Showers & Tub Surrounds
Cultured marble is designed to be easy to clean and maintain. The main thing to remember when cleaning the surface is to never use abrasive cleaners or rough cloths. The surface is very similar to what is on the outside of a boat; you can clean and care for it the same way.
If you are interested in saving time, money, health and the environment by using natural ingredients to clean your cultured marble and for use throughout your home, we recommend Norwex products.
When using regular household cleaners, use soft cloths and cleaners such as:
- Mr. Clean
- Scrubbing Bubbles
- Pine sol
- Basin, Tub & Tile Cleaner
- Clean Shower
- Clorox Cleanup
- Soft Scrub’s green gel
There are many cleaners that can be used. If you’re not sure it’s safe rub the cleaner between your fingers; if you feel any grit don’t use it. However, if your product has a matte finish, a mild abrasive cleaner can be used occasionally. If you are unsure of a cleaner read the label on the cleaner container.
Avoid using sharp objects or toys on the surface that could scratch it. One thing you can do to keep the surface easy to clean is use a turtle wax about once a year. You can wax the surface with an automotive turtle wax or Gel Gloss (Gel Gloss is a wax made especially for gel coated finishes. It comes in a pink can and can be found at most hardware stores). If you use a regular car wax that is blue, stay away from the caulk lines because they can turn the blue color.
Regular cleaning is recommended to keep your marble looking its best. If you have not cleaned it on a regular basis and soap scum and hard water spots have collected, you can use a squeegee or a Formica sample chip to scrape the walls of your tub surround or shower. You can also mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar, which is a good cleaning solution to take off water spots.
If you set curling irons on your vanity, it is possible for it to get a burned yellow mark. Prevent this by using a hot pad under the curling iron.
Removing stains from our cultured marble is easy, because we use a quailty gelcoat finish that is correctly applied during manufacturing.
CAUTION: Check your water temperature. If your water temperature is in excess of 140 degrees, not only will it damage the surface of the product, it is dangerous to the skin even for a brief moment.
BUFFING OUT SURFACE SCRATCHES
The coating on the surface of all Sand & Swirl products is Low HAP clear ISO gel coat system, providing a high-luster finish that is stain resistant and easy to clean and maintain. Surface scratches in the gel coat may be readily removed by the following procedure:
Electric buffer (2000-3600 RPM Recommended)
New bonnet for buffer -100% wool
Compound – “Green stick” or “No. 7 white auto polishing compound
Sandpaper – 1200 grit wet/dry
1. Start by buffing the scratched area. Buffing alone will remove most light scratches. If using the “Green Stick”, invert the buffer and press the stick against the rotating bonnet. If using the “No.7” white auto polish, apply the polish directly to the scratched area of the top. (Note: Using a new buffing pad is good insurance against making more scratches with a crusty old pad).
2. Apply moderate pressures and use the whole pad. Keep the pad moving to avoid burning the surface. Reapply compound as necessary. The compound cuts into the surface quickly at first and then breaks down and cuts finer and slower.
3. Inspect the surface. If the scratches are gone, continue to buff, but with lighter and lighter pressure and higher speed to bring out the gloss on the surface.
4. If scratches have not been removed by initial buffing, then wet and sand the area with 1200 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Sand in the same direction and as even as possible, perpendicular to the angle of the scratches. Inspect the surface and continue sanding if scratches remain. Once the scratches have been removed, buff as defined above.
5. After buffing and to maintain the luster, apply the liquid commercial product such as Gel Gloss or a good automotive paste wax.