How to clean your bathtub

How to clean your bathtub directly effects the life of the tub itself. Common cleaners that you may find at your local general store are actually damaging to the porcelain, acrylic or gel coat finish. We are refinishing new tubs of homes that are 2 years old due to aggressive cleaning chemicals and bathmats (that will be a different blog)!

For example, AJAX, Comet, Soft Scrub, Scrubbing Bubbles, Tilex, are very damaging to any new or refinished bathtub.Why?

AJAX, Comet, etc. are very abrasive. For a porcelain tub, the high gloss finish would wear quickly using these. Regular cleanings will opening up the pores of the porcelain over time. Dirt, grim and soap scum collect in these pores and the tub becomes harder and harder to clean. We have even seen women use SOS pads to clean their bathtubs!!!

Soft Scrub is another very common cleaner, but the formula for this chemical contains acid. With regular cleanings, this chemical will strip the bathtub of it’s high gloss finish and, again, open up the pores. Then your back to aggressive cleaners. This applies to homemade DIY cleaners too. Any thing requiring vinegar (or even bleach) in the ingredients will damage your surface.

The best cleaner we have found over the years is Dawn Liquid Dish Soap. It cuts though oil, gentle on the finish and yet cuts through the dirt and soap scum. If you use dish soap to clean you brand new or refinished bathtub, you can expect the finish to hold 2 to 3 times longer than if you used abrasive or acidic cleaners. The KEY to this is, you must clean it regularly. If you let the tub go uncleaned for a period of a month or two, the dish soap will not cut through the build up.

If you tub is already to the point of needing aggressive cleaners?  Stop. You need to refinish the tub, give it a new shiny high-gloss surface again. After it has that new finish, use the correct cleaners. You won’t regret it.

Why is my bathtub reglaze peeling in Denver?

Why is my bathtub reglaze peeling in Denver? There can be several reasons!

We run into thousands of bathtub reglazes that are done improperly.

Either:

  • The bathtub was not acid etched. Many companies in Denver use just a quick wipe on bonding agent or even just a laquor to prep the bathtub before it is reglazed! How do you expect a new finish to adhere to the old one without roughing up the surface? Placing an acid etch on the bathtub does just that. It opens the pours in the porcelain, so the primer has something to adhere too. Which brings us to our next point…
  • Primer. If the bathtub doesn’t have multiple coats of primer applied to it first, the top coat won’t have the best adhesion. Primer is designed to adhere to the original surface, providing  binding layer the is better prepared to receive the high-gloss top coat.
  • The bathtub was reglazed with an Epoxy. Stay away from Denver companies that reglaze with Epoxies.  When it comes to a surface that will receive constant water, the material yellows and brittles. An epoxy finish can last 6 months to a couples years, in most cases.
  • The reglaze has served it’s purpose and is starting to show signs of wear. A reglaze, when completed properly and well taken care of can last 10-15+ years. If the new finish has lasted that stand of time, but has begun to peel, it may be time to get the bathtub reglazed again. The old finish would need to be stripped off down to the original porcelain and refinished again.

Be educated on the correct procedures when looking into the bathtub reglazing option in Denver. Before you hire a technician, discuss their process. Be aware of the time line required and chemicals they are using. Ask about warranties and maintenance instructions. Be informed.

 

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Peeling Bathtub Reglaze

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Tub Reglazing in Denver

Tub Reglazing in Denver is in growing popularity. Home Owners are becoming more aware of their options to update their home without spending thousands of dollars. There are several reasons to consider reglazing one’s bathtub:

  1. It’s cost effective. You will spend up to 1/5th of the price to refinish the existing bathtub vs. replacing it. 
  2. It’s green. Not only do we use green chemicals to finish the bathtub, you’re recycling!!
  3. It’s a time saver. We can reglaze your bathtub in Denver in 2-3 hours. It ONLY needs 24 hours for it to cure.
  4. It’s cleaner. You will not have drywall, plumbing and tile everywhere.
  5. It’s custom. Reglaze your bathtub to any color you would like. Add a non-skid finish, if desired.
  6. It supports your local Denver small business. We provide a quality finish with an amazing warranty.

See what a difference it makes!!

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Before Reglaze. Home owner used stick on non-skid on the bottom of the bathtub for years. It etched into the porcelain.

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We reglazed the bathtub with a pure white high-gloss finish. It will be easy to clean and brightens the whole bathroom

 

Denver Tile Refinishing

Your have a bathroom in Denver with tons of potential. The tile is in great shape. Grout looks good. Really draws your eye to the avocado green trim pieces that frame the Pepto pink 4″x4″ squares consistent throughout the bathtub tile surround….wait. What?

Yes. You have great condition, yet nasty colored tile. Instead of spending $1,500 – $3,000 demolishing that bathroom, refinish it! You can open up the room with a classic white tile refinishing or select from one of our popular 24 multicolors Stone-flex option.

Refinishing the tile with a multicolor will give you a modern look to the finish and update the home. Tile refinishing comes to a fraction of the cost to replacing the tile, let alone in the time and hassle to work with a contractor in Denver. Your tile can be refinished in 3 – 5 hours, with a 24 cure time. That’s it. It’s that simple.

A few frequently asked questions

Colorado Tub Repair, LLC has been invested in the refinishing industry for a decade, as of now. There several common FAQ that we have complied to help in your decision making.

 

  • If I get my bathtub refinished, what will I need to clean it with?

Bathtubs need to be refinished due to the use of abrasive and acidic cleaners. Dawn Liquid Dish Soap is the best product to clean a brand new tub with, let alone a refinished one. It will keep the new finish shiny while removing body oils and soap scum from the surface. Clean it regularly. If you allow dirt and grim to build up on the surface, you’ll have to use more aggressive cleaners. Those cleaners are what ate the surface of the bathtub in the first place.

 

  • I’m remodeling my bathroom. When’s the best time to refinish my bathtub?

Your bathtub refinish will be one of the last items you’ll want to complete in your bathroom. There are a couple reasons for this. One, dust. When the finish is applied, it causes static electricity. So any dust hanging in the air will want to stick to the new finish. Two, if your installing tile floors or any type of surround in the bathroom, that can be a messy job. Get all of that settled first then get your bathtub refinished at a finishing touch. TIP: Any grout lines that will meet the tub, leave ungrouted. Fill that final grout line after the tub has cured for a clean complete look.

 

  • How long will a refinish take?

Colorado Tub Repair, LLC refinishes take approximately 2-3 hours. If the bathtub has been refinished before, it can take and hour or so longer. After the technician leaves, you’ll need to leave it alone for ONLY 24 hours. After that period of time, use your tub as you usually do.

 

  • Will the refinish smell?

Yes. There is an odor when any refinish/repair is completed. It is not toxic. We were respirators and protective gear due to the fact that we are around the odor everyday. Your sensitivity to smell will determine on how the odor will affect you. Everyone is different. Some people have been able to work along side of us, others have had to leave the location for a few hours. Most individuals have found if they stay in another part of the home, the odor does not bother them. We do recommend those with asthma or pregnant to try to leave the location for a few hours. The odor will be strongest for the first few hours, then it will really die down for the rest of the 24 hour dry time.

Does a walk-in tub conversion make sense for my loved one?

When it comes time for a walk-in bathtub conversion for your parents to continue live independently in their Denver home, or needing to provide comfortable bathing arrangements for a loved one in there home after a surgery, it’s crucial to know your options. Individuals in this situation usually have either time or money restrictions…sometimes even both. Which can place you or your loved ones in a vulnerable position to certain salesmen. So hopefully this will help.

Investing in a brand new Walk-In Bathtub is, in our opinion, a little excessive. The tubs are the length of a standard bathtub, but are 37 – 47 inches high. These bathtubs are created for you to walk into, shut the water tight door and let the tub fill up, bathe, let the bathtub drain and then step out.

There are several concerns we have in this design. First, your bathing time just doubled, easily, if not tripled. You have to wait inside the 37”x60” tub to fill up before bathing and then have drain fully before you can open the door to get out. If there is an emergency of any sort and you need to escape the bathtub, all of the bath water would flood the bathroom. Creating severe water damage. Secondly, most residential water heaters do not hold 40+ gallons of HEATED water. You won’t have enough hot water to bathe in; hence, a chilly bath. Third, The cost for these tubs $5,000-$6,000 not including installation or an additional surround, which can add up to be drastically more. This option, we believe is taking advantage of individuals in these situations.

Another option for a bathtub conversion, is to remove the current bathtub and install a large shower pan. This would involve demolishing the bathtub in place, removing any or all tile within the surround, address movement of the plumbing for the future shower pan, install pan and shower door (more stable then a curtain for balance). Even though this option is decent, it still will take a lot more time then most are comfortable with. Plus, remodeling projects tend to have a hidden, unforeseen hold-up. This in of itself can be stressful, especially if you’re using multiple Denver contractors to complete the remodel. The cost for a remodel can still easily come to $3,000-$10,000. So doable, but not ideal.

What we have found to be the best option for Walk-In Bathtub Conversions is to alter the current bathtub by cutting a section out of the front wall that usually would be stepped over to enter the bathtub. Then install a “U” shaped step to be able to walk directly into the bathtub. These steps can even have a water tight door for bathing, if desired. You would still use the same amount of water, still have your bathroom as it is. This bathtub conversion can range $800-$1,300 depending on the needs and situation of the bathroom. The step is installed in a day and needs 3 days to bond to the bathtub. It’s a fraction of the cost, time and stress.