Soap scum isn’t the only thing that makes a dirty bathtub less appealing. A dirty bathtub will also accumulate bacteria, and it will create a space that mold and mildew can thrive. To avoid having your bathroom get more gross because of a dirty tub, you need to make sure you are cleaning it often and cleaning it properly.
Knowing the best ways on how to clean a dirty bathtub won’t just help remove any stubborn stains, but can help prevent them from appearing soon. Plus, it will make a 10-minute process each month much simpler than having to scrub for an hour, tiring out your back and making your knees ache.
A tried-and-true method involves using baking soda and dish soap. First, you will need to pour water all over the surface, and then sprinkle the baking soda on the tub. Next, fill a bucket with hot water and add two tablespoons of dish soap. With a sponge or nylon brush, you will then scrub the surfaces, working out any stains. Remember to rinse out the scrub or brush in the bucket every so often to add more of the soapy water to the tub.
Once you feel your tub is club, you can then rinse off the surfaces with the remaining water from the bucket, or spray it down with a shower attachment. Cleaning the bath doesn’t just mean the surface of the tub, but also the handles, faucets and drain.
Different colored stains may also mean you need to have a different plan of attack. For instance, reddish brown stains show a higher amount of iron. For these red or black stains, you might bake soda and hydrogen peroxide. Meanwhile, rust colored stains, or stains that are blue green, require an abrasive cleaner. However, in neither situation will you want to use those methods on an acrylic tub, as it will scratch the surface.
If you are planning on a full floor-to-ceiling clean, start with the shower walls and tiles before working your way down to the bathtub. Also, if you find your drain is slow, use a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to help unclog and remove the problem. You can also prevent clogs with a mesh drain catcher.
Cleaning your tub shouldn’t break your back. Creating a normal cleaning routine will help prevent the worst of the stains, and can even prevent them from forming in the future. For more information on cleaning your bathtub and keeping its drain clear, call Kellermeier Plumbing at 616-866-5134. At Kellermeier Plumbing, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront with our customers and strive to provide our clients with the highest level of service.