Cleaning your bathtub is, of course, important to maintaining it. However, what you use to clean your tub can do more harm than good in some cases, especially if you are using certain abrasive cleansers or cleaning agents.
In line with our theme of “going natural” this month, below, we’ll point out when you should not go natural and should, instead, avoid using certain natural cleaning agents on your bathtub in order to avoid damaging it.
Don’t Use These to Clean Your Bathtub
1 – Borax
Borax is an abrasive scouring powder that can get rid of mold and mildew and remove soap scum. However, using this cleaning agent – even when diluted with water – can harm the surface of your tub, eating away at it over time.
2 – Baking Soda
Baking soda is another abrasive cleaning agent that can damage the surface of tubs, especially when it is left to sit on tubs to “soak” or “set” like some online cleaning guides recommend.
3 – Ammonia
Alkaline and potent at cleaning grime, ammonia may be another item you have around your home that can be tempting to use to clean your tub. Resist the temptation, however, because this is another abrasive agent that can damage your tub over time.
4 – Vinegar
Vinegar is cleaning agent that some online cleaning “gurus” will recommend to use on your tub to clean scum and grime. It too, however, can eat away at the surface of your tub over time, so don’t use it if you want to prolong the life of your bathtub.
5 – Pumice Stones
Sometimes, the dirt on the surface of tubs can be extra tough, and some extra scrubbing may need to be done to remove it. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t use a pumice stone on your tub. Although pumice is a natural soft rock, it can scratch and damage the surface of a bath tub.
Instead of Using these Natural Cleaning Agents…
We recommend using nonabrasive cleansers and very soft brushes to clean your tub. In fact, we suggest using blue Dawn dish soap or a similar cleanser that will be effective at removing grime and soap scum without damaging the surface of your bathtub.
If, however, it’s too late and the surface of your tub is already damaged, refinishing your bathtub can be a cost-effective solution to revitalizing your tub and the entire look of your bathroom.
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Going au naturel can be liberating. And, when you go au naturel with your bathtub, it can be cost effective, preventing your tub from rusting and otherwise being damaged. Below, we’ll point out a few things you can do to go au naturel with your tub and, in doing so, help prolong the life of your tub.
Go Au Naturel with Your Tub By…
1 – Using liquid dish soap to clean your tub.
Instead of using harsh and abrasive cleansers on your tub, we recommend using dish soaps (such as blue Dawn liquid dish soap) that will remove the dirt and soap scum from your tub’s surface without eating away at the lining of your tub. Specifically, avoid using caustic cleansers, such as those that are acid based.
2 – Letting your tub “breathe.”
In other words, do not keep bathmats in your tub or shower. Layering mats on the surface of your bathtub will trap water between the mat and the surface of your tub. This will, in turn, mean that your tub will be exposed to water 24/7, causing water damage that will erode your tub’s lining.
For those who are using bathmats to prevent slip and falls in the shower, we, instead, recommend installing a nonslip surface on tubs that won’t damage their linings.
3 – Letting your tub go “bare.”
Along with the above point, you can let your tub go bare by not resting your bath and shower products on the ledges of tubs. Just as bathmats can trap water on the surface of your tub, so too can bottles trap water on the edges of tubs, and this can lead to rust and other unsightly damage to your tub.
So, let your bathtub go bare, and use a shower caddy or something else to hang your products so that your tub can fully dry after each use.
Contact Colorado Tub Repair Today for a Free Bathtub Refinishing Estimate
While the above tips are helpful for preventing damage to your tub, if your tub is already chipped, rusted or damaged, bathtub refinishing can be your best option for revitalizing your tub.
So, instead of hiding an unsightly tub behind a shower curtain, let us help you refinish it. To get a free quote for refinishing your tub, contact us today by calling (303) 908-8764 or by clicking here. You can also email us using the contact form located here.