It’s no secret that our bathtub is one of the most used objects in our daily lives. As a result of this, our bathtubs need some tender love and care as much as possible.
If not cleaned properly, bathtubs can harbour bacteria and germs that can affect our health and defeat the very purpose of the bathtub, which is to stay clean and healthy.
In order to maintain a clean bathtub, regular cleaning is needed. We all have lives and responsibilities, so there’s a possibility we may not have enough time to clean our bathtubs daily. If you fall under this category, it would be advised to practice a 2-3 times a week cleaning cycle.
So how do you maintain a clean bathtub? Keep on reading.
Determine the tub’s material
Before you proceed to clean your bathtub, it’s necessary to determine what material your bathtub is made of. The most popular materials used in the manufacturing of bathtubs include fiberglass, acrylic, porcelain-enameled steel, and stone resin. Depending on what material is used in the creation of your bathtub, the cleaning process would differ. For example, acrylic and fiberglass tubs can be easily scratched by abrasive tools or cleaners, while porcelain-enamel surfaces are prone to chipping and rust.
Select the cleaning tools and supplies
Before you start cleaning your tub, make sure you suit up. Keep your hands covered with quality rubber gloves and a face shield to prevent liquids from entering your nose, mouth or eyes.
Depending on the material of your tub, it is generally advised to avoid tools like steel, iron or abrasive scrubbing pads when cleaning a bathtub. When it comes to cleaning solutions, the use of mild bathtub cleaners or natural cleaning ingredients such as white vinegar or baking soda should be selected over harsh chemicals and scouring powder. There are multiple videos and resources online on how to create your own homemade cleaners, give it a try, who knows you may discover something new.
Spray and scrub
Once you’ve selected your cleaning tools and supplies, the next step is to spray the entire tub with your selected cleaning solution. Make sure to include the sides and bottom of the tub after this step, use a damp cloth or non-scratching sponge to wipe away residue. For tough bathtub stains, allow the solution to sit for 15-20 minutes before scrubbing. As you spray and scrub the sides of your tub, the solution will drip down into the tub basin, settling on the bottom. Scrub the bottom last, then drain the tub.
Even though it’s strongly advised to avoid strong cleaning solutions when trying to keep your tub clean, there are times when heavy-duty solutions are needed. If you find that your tub has mould or mildew, it is advisable to use some hot water and bleach mixture to clean the tub. Let the mixture sit for some minutes as you apply baking soda on top of it. After a few minutes, you can rinse the tub clean.
So there you have it, tips and tricks on how to keep your bathtub clean from mould, mildew and everything in between. Let us know if and when you try out any of our tips.