Bathtub Cleaning Tips

Bathtub cleaning is not something most of us look forward to. Having said that, there’s no reason that cleaning a bathtub has to take very long or get particularly messy. Most modern baths are coated with stain resistant surfaces, which mean that if they’re cleaned on a weekly

basis you shouldn’t have to spend more than ten minutes cleaning the tub.

How to clean your bath

Before you start bathtub cleaning, Make sure that you have decent ventilation. Open a window, or switch on the exhaust fan to get some air circulating. It’s best to do the bathtub cleaning straight after the bath has been used, as the steam and hot water will have loosened up any residue. Use a soft, damp cloth and a non-abrasive liquid soap – preferably one that’s designed for the purpose. If you have sensitive hands, you might also want to consider wearing rubber gloves.

Spray and stand. Before cleaning the rest of the bathroom, spray the tub area with a generous layer of all-purpose bathroom cleaner, and allow the product to stand while you clean elsewhere. The standing time helps the cleanser to dissolve oils and soap scum, so you’ll need less elbow grease to remove it.

Get scrubbing. Use abrasive scrubbing pads to remove bathtub rings or deposits on shower floors. Tile brushes scrub tile grout and reach into cracks and corners, while the handle protects knuckles from accidental contact with the tub. A cleaning toothbrush does a quick job of removing buildup deposits around tub fixtures or faucet.

Rinse clean. A detachable shower head allows you to rinse off cleaner quickly and cleanly. If you don’t have one, stock your cleaning tote with a removable rubber shower head that attaches to the bathtub tap. Commonly used for shampooing hair or bathing pets, they’re inexpensive and make it easier to rinse tub and shower walls after you clean.

 

Other cleaning agents

It’s important that no abrasives are used, especially with fiberglass tubs. Abrasive cleaning agents can leave scratch marks which will catch dirt and residue, which will require further scouring to get clean in the future. For tough stains in your bathtub bleach will work, but it is a heavy pollutant so should be used sparingly. A mix of bicarbonate soda and vinegar works well too, and can also be used to clear drains.

 

 

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