Viakal Marble Bathroom Stains
We’ve been working for many years in the marble industry and worked on all types of natural stone, however, the one job we most work on tends to be the removal of Viakal stains from marble showers. It’s caused when using Viakal to remove limescale around taps and showerheads. If you are not careful when cleaning these, the viakal can easily stain the marble in your bathroom or shower.
Why does Viakal stain marble?
As you can see from the Viakal safety data sheet below, Viakal has 3 types of acid in it, Formic acid, Deceth-8, and Citric acid, none of which are very good for marble.
These acids are designed to breakaway limescale, the problem is, it also burns, or etches into the marble, leaving pale white burn marks. These can look terrible and almost unsolvable! However, there is a way to remove these Viakal marble shower stains.
How to safely remove Viakal bathroom stains
To remove the burn marks caused by Viakal on the marble shower tiles we use a 5-inch diamond pad to grind away the surface. Depending on how badly stained the marble tiles are in the shower wall, we use a more abrasive pad until the stains are removed. We then move onto a finer diamond pad until the wall is completely honed and sealed. We tend to use between 4 or 5 pads to ensure all the Viakal stains have been removed from the shower walls. Once the wall has been ground back to its original colour we seal and polish, bringing the shower wall back to life!
How to protect your marble after the removal of Viakal marble shower stains
Once we have removed the Viakal shower stain, it’s important to look after your marble tiles as much as possible. For starters, keep Viakal away! If you want to keep limescale away, it’s important to ensure the bathroom remains as dry as possible. Use a squeegee after you use the shower to dry away any water droplets that may remain on the marble tiles. Only use a neutral detergent (Fairy washing up liquid is an example of a neutral detergent) to help clean the tiles to remove any soaps or liquids that may have splashed onto the walls during your shower.