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farmery 05-09-2013 08:53 PM

Tell me about marble shower floors.
We are redoing our master bath and so far have settled on porcelain for shower wall and room floor. We had a really hard time picking the shower floor material to match our wall and so far the only one we like is a marble mosaic circle tiles. We've never had any experience with marble so please tell me as much as I need to know about marble for shower floors.

Since it is the master bath, only me and my husband will be using the shower. The marble mosaic ranges from medium beige to white. What kind of maintenance can we expect? How long would the floor look great? Do we need to be careful about shampoo or soap where it comes to the floor? Thanks so much.

oh'mike 05-10-2013 02:11 AM

Marble is a poor choice for a shower, especially the floor---marble is absorbent and will discolor in a short time.

It is also easily damaged by acidic products---shampoos and soaps----Your call---I would not choose marble.

ccarlisle 05-10-2013 12:28 PM

Hair shampoos - for the large % of them that consumers actually use - are not acidic. Defies logic, and formulation chemistry. Neither is "soap"; the products that come from the use of shampoos and soaps, i.e that which is called 'soap scum' is another matter however. And, soaps are different from detergents...

Real 'marble' shower stalls are quite suitable for shower stalls; but they have to be properly installed, not just thrown up and grouted any old way. The challenge comes in their proper maintenance and the use of proper products to regularly clean the stall after use; do that and you'll be fine...Don't and you'll be calling a stone restoration specialist more often that I am sure you'd like.

Of course, it depends on if you really have real 'marble' - which may or may not be the stuff you're sold.

user1007 05-11-2013 09:08 PM

Two words come to mind from when I had lots of marble throughout a Manhattan apartment. Beautiful and slippery. The bathroom was all marble save for fixtures and you had not cover the floor with non-skid mattes and things to the point you did not see the floor.

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