Cleaning your bathtub regularly helps to hold down stains that can develop over time. But if you find yourself with stubborn stains that won't go away easily, here are some tips to return your bathtub to looking like new.
What you use to clean the tub depends on two things; what the tub is made out of and what the stain consists of. Most bathtubs these days are made out of plastic, steel or cast-iron. Steel and cast-iron tubs are usually coated with porcelain enamel.
Abrasive cleaners are very effective on enamel, but can damage the surface of plastic tubs.
If you have a plastic tub, it's a good idea to try out the stain removal options below on a hidden area of the tub to make sure that the surface is not damaged by abrasive or corrosive materials in the cleaner.
Bathtub Cleaning Hack #1
The most common stain is soap scum. To attack these stains, mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts baking soda. The mixture has to be thick enough to sit on the side of the tub while covering the stain. Cover the entire stain with the paste and leave it for about half an hour. When you are ready to clean, scrub it with a damp sponge and rinse with clean water. If the stain is still there, repeat the process.
Bathtub Cleaning Hack #2
For yellow spots, mix equal parts turpentine and salt. Engage the elbow grease and rub the stain until it's gone. Make sure you have proper ventilation and wear rubber gloves while working on the stain. Once you are through, rinse the tub with clean water.
Bathtub Cleaning Hack #3
For tub rings and hard water stains, use white vinegar. Start running hot water into the tub after plugging the drain. As the water is running, pour three cups of white vinegar under it to disperse the vinegar throughout the tub. Let the water run until it covers the stained area and then turn off the water. Let it sit for about four hours and then use a sponge to wipe away the hard water stains. Finally, rinse with clean water.
Bathtub Cleaning Hack #4
For rust, mix baking soda and cream of tartar together in equal parts. Add lemon juice to make a thick paste and then cover the stain. Let it sit for about 30 minutes and then rinse the paste away with warm water. If you still see rust, repeat the process.
Bathtub Cleaning Hack #5
For other stains, try a paste made from cream of tartar and hydrogen peroxide. Mix the two until you get a thick paste and cover the stain. Let the paste cover the stain for 30 minutes and then wipe it away with a sponge or damp cloth. If the stain remains, repeat the process.
Again, make sure you have plenty of ventilation if necessary and try your solution on a hidden part of the tub to make sure you don't create a visual flaw of your own when trying to clean.
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