Staining or discoloration of bathtubs is normally caused by grime, scum, hard water and rust. You can easily deal with some of them by wiping them off using a damp cloth immediately however they tend to build up with time. The whole bathroom can feel dirty when the bathtub is stained or discolored.
A long soak in the bathtub is the ideal luxury and a splendid way to ease off the stress after a hard day. A dirty bathtub, on the other hand, will only add on to your already stressed out day.
Bathtubs attract grime, mildew, soap scum and tough stains. The following simple cleaning tips will help make your bathtub spotlessly clean and eliminate stubborn stains.
• Wipe the tub after every bath
Make it a habit of rinsing off the tub using warm water and wiping away the extra moisture using a sponge or microfiber cloth.
• Deep Clean
The natural cleaning solution to deep cleaning your tub is white vinegar. Make a solution of warm water and vinegar in equal quantities and use the solution to fill a spray bottle. Simply spray all over the surface of the tub, allow the solution to sit in the tub for about 20mins then grab a sponge/microfiber cloth and wipe off the surface clean. Use clean water to rinse the tub before wiping again.
• Handling mild stains
To get rid of mild stains or grime from the tub, take some baking powder and sprinkle inside the tub particularly around the affected areas and spray a solution of water and white vinegar from a spray bottle. Allow the mixture to react for close to 20mins and then grab a microfiber cloth of sponge and scrub until there a nice paste formed. Let the paste sit in the tub for another 20mins, wipe off the paste and finally rinse. Eliminating hard water stains requires some paper towels and concentrated white vinegar. Soak the paper towels in the white vinegar and place them on the hard water stains. Let the paper towels stand on the tub for a maximum of 2hrs, then create a paste of vinegar and baking soda and use it to scrub the finally rinsing for a clean finish.
• Cleaning Tough Stains
For tougher stains, according to this cleaning services in Bournemouth the answer is a solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda in the ratio 1:2. Create a good paste and use it to rub on the stain and allow it to sit for not less than half an hour. Wipe off the paste and rinse with clean water. Repeat the process until the stain is eliminated as necessary.
• Cleaning Rust Stains
Rust stains in the bathtub look awful and make the entire bathroom look nasty. However, there is a solution to this problem. Take some lemon juice along with the borax powder. Start by sprinkling the borax powder onto the rust stains and rub using half cut lemons until a paste forms. Allow the paste to sit in for about half an hour, wipe it off and then rinse clean.
Remember that bathtub surfaces scratch easily, therefore, avoid using highly abrasive brushes, steel wool or scouring powders.
There some conventional cleaning products like bleach that you can also try, however, take caution and never mix chlorine bleach with vinegar or baking soda since the reaction produces toxic gases. Protect your skin always by wearing a pair of rubber gloves and ensure the bathroom is well ventilated.
When you finish always rinse thoroughly and wipe using a clean microfiber cloth to get rid of any remaining residue from the tub.