Category: Bathroom remodel

How to Clean a Natural Stone Shower?

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How to clean a natural stone shower.

Beautifully honed stone is one of the best ways to elevate the look of your home. It’s a clean, classic look that fits perfectly in the modern home. Stone showers, in particular, remain one of the best and most practical applications for natural stone. Whether you go with a roughhewn texture or even a glossy sheen, a stone shower adds class and maturity to your bathroom while requiring very little from you. In fact, as long as you’re using the right cleaning products for the type of stone used in your bathroom and keeping it dry in between uses, it is no more difficult to clean a natural stone shower than any other kind.

Knowing Your Materials

The first step to knowing how to clean a natural stone shower is straightforward. The most common pitfall people fall into with stone is treating it like any other surface. Will stone, you can’t just reach under your kitchen sink and use whatever cleaning product comes out. The products you normally use are almost certainly too harsh for natural stone and could do irreparable damage. 

On top of that, not all stone is the same. Everything from granite to slate has different chemical and physical properties that will make your cleaning products react differently. As a result, it’s really important that you know what kind of stone you’re dealing with, so make sure you know exactly what kind of stone is being used when it is initially installed. 

The type of stone will determine how mild of a detergent you should use. And how often you should seal the surface. Something like granite may be highly durable but is also quite porous. To protect the surface of the stone and prevent damage over time, many stone surfaces have to be sealed at least once a year. 

When You Have No Idea

If you are uncertain of what stone you have in your shower, it is better to be safe than sorry. Opt for cleaners that are designed for natural stone. These are usually non-acidic to avoid damaging the surface of the stone. You should also use a soft cloth rather than an abrasive cleaning instrument. As long as you’re cleaning your bathroom regularly, you will be able to easily clean your shower, and you’ll avoid damaging the stone that makes it so beautiful. 

Once you are done cleaning out your shower, it is important that you carefully dry all surfaces to avoid spotting. You can use a soft towel or a blow dryer. For best results, quickly mop up your shower after each use to keep your finish intact. 

Simplifying the Process

If the idea of drying off your shower after every use just sounds horrible to you, there are other stone options. Sintered stone shower walls are a combination of stone ground down and fused using heat and pressure, as it would be in nature. This allows manufacturers to create high-quality sintered stone slabs with high durability that can be made to look like pretty much anything. Neolith uses sintered stone to provide clients with a wide variety of finishes, textures, and colors. 

The variety provided by sintered stone is just one perk. As with quartz countertops, sintered stone is sealed during manufacturing, meaning you don’t have to seal it every year. It is still recommended that you use mellow, non-acidic detergents, and a soft towel for cleaning. Sintered stone is still natural stone. It has just been reshaped and recolored to fit your precise needs with the added bonus of increased durability. 

As with anything you own, treat your natural stone shower with love and care if you want it to look brand new a decade down the line. Neolith just makes that a little bit easier.  

Ceramic Vs. Porcelain in the Bathroom

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Ceramic vs porcelain in the bathroom

Remodeling your bathroom is a fun and exciting project. But planning for such a big overhaul can be overwhelming, especially if you are trying to decide everything at once. One of the most difficult (and most important) parts of your bathroom to decide on is the flooring. Ceramic vs porcelain in the bathroom is one such factor to decide.

When you invest in large format tiles, you have two major options when it comes to the materials: ceramic or porcelain. Both are very popular options for bathroom flooring, and both provide their own sets of advantages depending on what you want to achieve. Below, you’ll find some information that can help you decide which material is best for you. 

Pros and Cons of Porcelain

It’s important to know that porcelain and ceramic are very similar, and you may find many shared benefits with both materials. The major difference is that porcelain is made of materials that are then packed tighter and baked at higher temperatures than ceramic, giving porcelain a unique look. But it’s not just about what’s on the surface. 

Porcelain Pros:

  • Porcelain is incredibly water-resistant, with an absorption rate that measures less than 0.5%. 
  • Porcelain is more durable than ceramic as it is much harder to put porcelain through wear and tear. 
  • Porcelain cannot chip easily, and when it does, it is not noticeable as the coloring goes through the entire tile.

Porcelain Cons: 

  • You cannot cut porcelain tile on your own. A professional tool is required to cut it since it is very hard and dense. 
  • Porcelain can be more expensive than ceramic. 

Porcelain may end up being your material of choice if you want something that can withstand a lot of use. Not to mention that porcelain is a popular choice for kitchen floors, countertops, and backsplashes as well. 

Pros and Cons of Ceramic 

Another popular and effective bathroom tiling option, ceramic is affordable and durable. Not to mention it is one of the most versatile materials for helping you achieve a certain aesthetic look in your bathroom, be it contemporary or classic!

Ceramic Pros: 

  • Ceramic is more flexible and can have more elaborate designs on the surface. 
  • Ceramic is a more affordable material than porcelain because of the materials used to manufacture it. 
  • You can find a much bigger variety in texture, shape, and size of ceramic tiles than you can with porcelain.

Ceramic Cons: 

  • It can chip easier than porcelain can, and the chips will put a white streak through an otherwise perfect pattern.
  • Ceramic absorbs a lot of water, so any spills will need to be cleaned up fast. 

Ceramic has its place in the bathroom as a beautiful and decorative part of the space.

Using Large Format Tiles in Your New Bathroom

No matter what material you decide on, you will find a lot of versatility with large format porcelain tiles – and ceramic, too! 

Large format tile is a popular option for bathroom flooring as the size of the tiles reduces the number of separations on the ground. This will give a smoother and more seamless look to accentuate any bathroom theme. 

Large format tiles are also better for your hygiene! Without as many grooves and grouts to clean out, you don’t run the risk of bacteria building up in your bathroom. It should be a space for health and hygiene only! 

Ceramic vs Porcelain: Choose Your New Bathroom Tile Today

A bathroom renovation can be an exciting thing. It is even more exciting when you have the right materials you need to create the perfect space. Ceramic and porcelain are both popular options for large format bathroom tile, and our Neolith pros are happy to help you find your next perfect flooring. 

For any indoor or outdoor tiling needs, get in touch with a Neolith expert near you. We offer tiles with a wide range of textures, materials, patterns, and finishes to choose from.  

Using Stone in the Shower

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Using stone in the shower example: stone sink, toilet, walls, and shower.

Natural stone has always been one of the most popular options when it comes to decorating interior floors, walls, and motifs. But what’s the best kind of stone to use in a shower? Below we help you decide on using stone in the shower.

Keep in mind that the shower is a place for water, moisture, and steam to build up. Depending on the surface of the stone, this can also cause a buildup of residue. In order to avoid this, certain types of stone are preferred when constructing shower walls. 

Our Neolith pros know that sintered stone is one of the easiest types of stone to use in the shower because it is smooth and easy to clean. Take a look at some of the best stone options to use in the shower and consider what kind of stone would work best for your bathroom look and style. 

Best Types of Stone for the Shower

Any kind of stone that is smooth or processed without grout is a frontrunner for the best stone to use in the shower. The smoother and less textured the stone, the better! 

For this reason, the best types of stone include:

  • Slate
  • Marble
  • Tile
  • Sintered stone
  • Granite
  • Travertine

While all of the above options are viable for your bathroom, you may want to take a look at the Spruce’s pros and cons of stone in showers before choosing the right kind of stone for you. 

Why is Textured Stone Bad for the Shower?

Stone that comes with rough textures and grooves is so much more difficult to clean. Since showers deal with water all the time, you need to actively work to prevent a buildup of mold, mildew, and harmful bacteria that thrives in humid environments. 

Stone that comes with nooks and crannies, especially tiled stone that comes with grout, is just too difficult to clean. Something like sintered stone is smooth and does not come with textures or grooves, making it so much easier to clean and better for using as stone in the shower. 

Not to mention that natural stone showers need annual sealing in order to further protect the stone against the water. A penetrating sealer will do the trick as it will allow the entirety of the stone protection while preventing it from breaking or chipping away. 

Stone Cleaning Tips

Once you have beautiful stone installed in your shower, you need to be sure to maintain it well in order to keep up that beautiful look. While there isn’t too much heavy-duty cleaning involved, make sure that you remove excess water from the areas at all times. After you finish taking a shower, wipe down the walls, and get rid of water droplets that may have formed. 

Make sure that your bathroom has good ventilation also. This will help clear the steam and humidity from the air after you finish in the shower, and it will prevent mold from growing in the shower. If you do end up having grout in your shower, make sure to spend time cleaning each groove and getting rid of dust, dirt, water, and mold buildups.

Keep Your Stone Safe and Beautiful!

Sintered stone bathroom surfaces are one of the best options for your stone shower because this type of stone resists harmful chemicals. While it’s no secret that you should never use acid to clean your stone, there are other types of chemicals that can be just as abrasive. NEOLITH sintered stone is designed to resist hard chemical cleaners while being really simple to clean up after every trip to the shower. With more than 50 types of sintered stone to choose from, there is no limit to how you can decorate your bathroom. 

Looking for more ways to learn about the best types of natural stone for your shower? Want additional information on NEOLITH sintered stone products? Reach out to us today! Our stone experts would be happy to help you make your interior and exterior design dreams a reality.