Since bathtubs are used on a regular basis for years, it is quite natural for it to get dull and dirty over time. However, if you are up for a challenge, you can always take the time to clean up your enamel, acrylic or porcelain tubs without hiring a professional to do the job.
As each bathtubs have their own unique set of cleaning methods, we have listed them down to make the cleaning a little easier for you.
- Enamel Bathtub
Enamel bathtubs are more common than you know and getting rid of old stains from them can be a difficult task. Since these tubs are made from steel or cast iron followed by a coating of enamel, you must avoid using acidic cleaners and scouring pads.
Vinegar being a mild and natural cleanser for cleaning old stains can do wonders for your enamel bathtub. Pour down generous amounts of vinegar on the stained areas and wait for 15-20 minutes. Use a bristled brush or a sponge to scrub thoroughly without degrading the enamel layer of your bathtub. Rinse with water once all the stain has vanished. You can also use bleach-free cleansers specially made for enamel tubs.
However, making your own cleaner can also be an effective way of cleaning your enamel bathtub. Mix baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, essential oils and warm water in a spray can and spray it where needed. Wait for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it with water and a soft sponge.
- Acrylic Bathtub
Known as the ultimate modern-day bathtubs, acrylic tubs require mild cleaning to avert discolouration. Vinegars are potentially the best element for cleaning bathtubs and a pinch of baking soda on it can take out the most stubborn stains that vinegar alone can’t.
You will also be able to get rid of dirt and grimes that have built up over time using the baking soda and vinegar method. You will have to let it sit for a couple of minutes before scrubbing the areas using a soft sponge. Make sure to rinse the entire tub a couple of times to get rid of any residues.
- Porcelain bathtub
Being more lavish and luxurious than enamel and acrylic tubs, porcelain bathtubs can withstand mildly abrasive cleansers and scouring pads. You can go for Comet and Ajax in powdered form if you want to use an effective cleanser. However, if you want to go for natural methods, cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide mixed together can also do the trick. Use a pumice stone or a nylon brush to scrub on the surfaces.
A thick paste of water and cleaning powder can also be a good cleansing item for your porcelain bathtubs. You can also get rid of molds that have built up over the years using this paste on the affected areas. Wait for about 30 minutes to allow the paste to work its magic and then scrub it thoroughly with a nylon brush or pumice stone as mentioned before. Rinse thoroughly with water once all the stains have been removed.
Make sure to always begin with the natural and mild methods before working yourself up over the harder ones. Clean your tub with a soft sponge and dishwashing liquid at least once a week to avoid using abrasive cleansers once or twice a year.