So, you’ve recently had your bathtub repaired and refinished. It’s as good as brand new, and like a cake that looks too good to eat, you’re hesitant to even dig in. Don’t be. Sure, your tub will get dirty again after a few baths. But guess what? Refinished tubs are even easier to clean than they originally were. To avoid causing premature wear and tear, just make sure you’re using the right cleaning products. Here are a few suggestions.
- Baking soda
Baking soda is more or less an all-purpose product. What isn’t baking soda good for? It’s natural, non-toxic, and has excellent antibacterial properties. It is mildly abrasive, so it’s great for polishing small, superficial scratches in porcelain. To use baking soda properly, combine it with water until it forms a thick paste. Rub the paste into the tub to eliminate scratches and then rinse with water when you are finished.
- Borax and lemon juice
Borax might be all-natural, but it’s toxic if ingested. To make a paste that will eliminate small scratches, combine the borax with lemon juice.The lemon juice will work to remove any alkaline soap scum deposits. Use the same method you would with the baking soda.
To remove hard-water stains, run the hot water and pour in three cups of white vinegar. Once the tub is filled, let the solution sit for at least four hours. Drain the tub and gently scrub. You’ll notice that the stains come off easily with a soft cloth. You can also use white vinegar to add some shine to your bathtub.
- Car wax
To protect your tub from further stains and scratches, you can apply a thin layer of car wax with a clean cloth. Wax the bathtub just like you would a car, buffing excess wax off in circular motions.
After a few years, you will want to have your bathtub refinished once again as long as the finish is still sturdy and isn’t worn out all the way down to the base. To find out if your bathtub is a good candidate for refinishing, consult a professional bathtub refinishing service today.