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Yes, You Can Have Natural Stone Tile in the Shower

Posted by Daltile Team on Jul 22, 2016 11:15:14 AM

Many people shy away from natural stone in the shower. Though there is a little extra care and maintenance to be aware of, that’s no reason not to add the luxury of stone to your bathroom design. Natural stone tile in the shower is a showstopper that you should definitely consider.

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Avoiding Mold & Mildew

Mold and mildew can be a problem in the bathroom and it is the usual reason you might worry about stone in the shower. But mildew can be overcome. The little extra you have to do to keep stone maintained in the shower is far outweighed by the beauty stone offers.

The issue with mold and mildew is not the surface in your shower, but the water. Water that doesn’t drain away can cause mold and mildew growth. If your surfaces are water repellent, drain properly and dry quickly, you won’t have to worry about mold or mildew.

Stone Slab in the Shower

Slabs aren’t just for countertops. They are a stunning addition to the shower wall. A beautiful marble or unique granite solid surface puts your design on par with five-star hotels. For an even more inspiring design, consider book matched stone. This will introduce not only the beauty of natural stone, but a pattern of naturally occurring veining.

Maintain stone slab in the shower by ensuring it is sealed well once per year. This will help the stone repel water and keep mold and mildew at bay.

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Polishing & Sealing

The more polished your stone, the better it repels water. Honed and other finishes don’t dry as quickly so they need a really good drainage system and to be dried after a shower. Frequent cleaning is a great way to keep stone in top shape when you put it in the shower.

Grout & Caulk

Lock water out by keeping caulk and grout in good shape. Inspect it regularly to identify when repairs need to be made before any water can get behind stone tiles in the shower. Consider a grout and caulk with built-in mildewcide to stop growth before it starts.

Drainage & Ventilation

When you update your bathroom with stone, don’t forget to plan for a system that will help you get rid of moisture and preserve your natural stone. Excellent drainage is a must. Any nooks or shelves should be built in with drainage, as well as the drainage on the floor of the shower.

Ventilation helps dry out the shower and keep mildew and mold from developing. Fans are good and so are central air vents. Your contractor can help you make the right choices from the start if you plan with your stone in mind.


Go ahead, put stone in the shower! The right choices and care make stone a unique choice that makes the bathroom something special.

*Always check manufacturer recommendations before installing stone in the shower to ensure proper and safe installation.

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Topics: Bathroom Tile Ideas, Stone

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