- Clean weekly
Regular maintenance is enough to have most tubs looking clean. However, cleaning should be a weekly thing so that you get rid of soap scum and stains. It also helps prevent mildew and stubborn water spots from forming. After scrubbing and rinsing the tub, dry it using a squeegee or a towel. Ensure there is not water trapped that can lead to staining or corrosion.
Since different bathtubs exist, it is wise to know which kind you have in your home so that you can use the recommended cleaning products. Some chemicals may corrode the tub liner or make it peel when scrubbed.
2. Cleaning porcelain bathtubs
While most of the cleaning products can be used for porcelain bathtubs, discoloration and stains are a sign that something is not working. In such cases, you can up the tactics by mixing bleaching powder such as Comet or Ajax with water to make a paste that you will apply on the area in question. Scrub it on the surface and leave it for half an hour before rinsing. You can repeat this several to get that sparkling, clean look. Porcelain sandpaper coupled with a handheld scrubber and a heavy-duty sponge will be a last resort for the extreme cases.
3. Cleaning acrylic bathtubs
To clean acrylic tubs, you will need to use non-aerosol cleaning products that are not abrasive. Options can include Kaboom, Glass Plus, Fantastik, 409, and other Scrub-free cleaners. Do not forget to rinse the surface thoroughly after using the chemicals. For hardened deposits that are proving hard to remove, avoid using products such as Soft Scrub, Comet, and Ajax because they are abrasive. Consider a mild approach, such as a vinegar and water solution.
4. Cleaning fiberglass bathtubs
When cleaning fiberglass bathtubs, you should use mild, effective cleaners such as dishwashing liquids and laundry detergents. You can make a paste using baking soda mix with a bit of water and rub it on the surface using a sponge or a soft-bristled brush. For tough stains, let the past sit for about an hours before scrubbing. Use acetone when dealing with oil-based stains, tar, and adhesives. Apply the acetone using a cotton ball and remember to rinse thoroughly.