Bathtubs require regular maintenance to preseve their good condition, not only externally but internally as well. Over time, your bathtub whether it is a freestanding or a whirlpool bath will accumulate residues such as soap and other particles that can hinder its operation if not addressed at once. Installing a bathtub is best left to a qualified installer, but maintaining it with simple steps can be done at home using simple tools that do not require much skill. If your bathtub has not been cleaned or checked for a long time, it is high time that you look into it and see what can be done about it so that you can prolong its life.
How often do you have to clean your bathtub?
Essentially you don’t have to clean it every day or after each use. Every few weeks is all you need to ensure that your bathtub is squeaky clean. What you can do each time you finish soaking is to drain it fully and rinse the tub to remove excess soap and oils on the surface. Do not leave a tub full of used water as it will contribute more to the accumulation of debris in the jets and other crevices. Mould will also develop from a moist and wet tub. Always keep a clean and dry rag handy to wipe down the tub after you use it.
Use household items to clean the tub
Vinegar, water, and baking soda are some of the household items you have that can be effectively used to get rid of accumulated and hardened soap and oil scum. Avoid using chemical cleaners as they can erode the fixings on the tub faster than they would normally deteriorate. Abrasive wipes and bleach are also a big no-no. They will ruin the finish of the tub, and make it look ugly and dirty. Although new tubs on the market are already equipped with self-cleaners, old ones aren’t. So if your bathroom has the older model, then you don’t have the luxury of leaving the tub to clean itself.
Wash and rinse
Before starting to clean the tub, run cold water up to the level of the highest jet, if any, to get rid of superficial debris. Drain the water and then commence the cleaning process, making sure to target jets and other openings to get rid of accumulated debris. When you are sure that your bathtub is clean, rinse it again and fill the tub with hot water, and then wipe down with a clean and dry cloth.
Reaping the benefits of a bathtub should be every time you step into your tub. But if it is not cleaned and maintained, instead of benefiting from a soak, you will contract illnesses from mould and bacteria that inhabit the recesses of your tub. You may even land in the emergency room after soaking in a mould-laden tub. Follow these simple and easy ways to keep your tub in top shape.