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Q: I cleaned soap scum off a stone tile shower with vinegar and it made white marks and streaks all over the shower walls. I can remove the sealer with cleaner but the white marks are still there. How do I fix it?

A: If your shower is marble or limestone the vinegar may have etched it. If this is the case you should try using an etch removal marble polishing compound, available at Stone Care Central.

If the spots are light you will be able to remove them yourself. If they are too deep you may need a professional to polish them which you can find here in our Find A PRO section.

DO NOT ever use any acidic products on your stone, this includes vinegar and a variety of common shower cleaners. I would recommend you download our care guide for proper care and maintenance of your natural stone.

Fred Hueston, Chief Technical Director, Stone and Tile PROS
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