How to Remove Soap Scum From Marble Shower Walls

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Things You'll Need

  • MB-3 Soap Film Remover

  • Sponge

  • Plastic scrubber

  • Squeegee

  • Rubber gloves

  • Microfiber cloth

Beautiful and clean marble shower walls.

Marble is the most elegant material available for shower walls and is also one of the most expensive. Since it is a natural stone, it will need to be cared for in a special way so that you don't mar the beautiful surface by using the wrong soaps. Follow these steps to remove soap scum safely.

Step 1

Put on your rubber gloves and wet your shower walls.

Step 2

Apply an acid-free soap like MB-3 Soap Film Remover (see Resources) to your marble shower walls. Dilute the soap with 2 parts water and sponge over the surface.

Step 3

Let the cleaning solution sit for about 10 minutes to allow it to break up the soap scum. You should be able to see it working.

Step 4

Scrub the surface in a circular motion to remove the soap scum. After a few minutes, you should see the clean surface of the tile when you wipe away the soap.

Step 5

Rinse the marble with warm water. If you still see areas with soap scum, reapply the soap in the same way.

Step 6

Use a squeegee to wipe the water from the shower walls to prevent the buildup of minerals. You can polish the marble with a dry microfiber cloth (do not use window cleaner) until it has a high sheen again.


Wipe down the shower walls every day to prevent buildup of soap scum.


Do not use vinegar on marble.


Heide Braley

Maryland resident Heide Braley is a professional writer who contributes to a variety of websites. She has focused more than 10 years of research on botanical and garden articles and was awarded a membership to the Society of Professional Journalists. Braley has studied at Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University.