Best solid surface to use for a walk-in shower?December 2, 2008
Q: We want to replace a bathtub in our guest bathroom with a walk-in shower. I want to avoid ceramic tile since I don't want to clean and seal the grout lines.
I would love to have a full marble enclosure but I can't justify spending that amount of money on a spare bathroom. Do you think cultured marble would be suitable for a shower and how would we care for it to keep it looking shiny over time?
If you have any other suggestions that we could consider for an enclosure we are open to considering other options as well.
A: Cultured marble resembles the real thing, but because of the way it is made, it is much more versatile and is commonly used in bathrooms and countertops, sinks and shower surrounds.
Your cultured marble surface can stay new looking for years if you take proper care of it. Avoid any cleaning products that are abrasive and use a squeegee after each shower to quickly remove water from the shower walls. Dirt, soap film and hard-water deposits accumulating on shower walls can be removed with the following household cleaner:
Pink Solution mix: one cup of Pink Solution to one gallon of warm water. (Note: Melt the Pink Solution in a microwave before mixing it with the water). Apply cleaner with a trigger bottle and scrub with sponge. Rinse well with clear water. Cultured marble that has lost its shine can be restored by using a gel-gloss.
Another option would be to have an acrylic wall system installed. For example, tub-to-shower conversion such as bathfitter, where a one-piece wall system is molded over the existing bathroom fixtures. Existing tiles, flooring and plumbing will not be disturbed.
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