Bathtub cleaning: How often and with what?
Whether after a strenuous day at work or on a freezing cold winter’s evening – there’s nothing more relaxing than a nice warm bath. That being said, it’s important to keep it free of dirt, stains, and soap residue. So next time you clean your bathroom, don’t forget the bathtub!
Best way to clean a bathtub right after using it
Don’t let dirt become a permanent guest in your house. Take a shower right after you’ve had a bath and use the hot water jet to clean the bathtub. This won’t allow the dirt any time to dry around the sides.
Spray the bathtub with a cleaner and wipe with a damp cloth so that all the residue is gone. For enameled bathtubs, try out the cleaner on a small area first to make sure it’s safe.
In general, make sure to wipe the tub regularly and clean it thoroughly once a month.
Bathtub cleaning tips for gentle care
Bathtubs often have enamel coatings or are made of delicate materials such as acrylic or plastic. Protect the surface by using a soft sponge or microfibre cloth when cleaning. Avoid harsh scouring pads at all costs. With an effective cleaning agent, there’s usually no need for scrubbing anyway.
Getting rid of mould and odours in the tub
Mould loves moisture. Black and red mould therefore like to make themselves at home in bathtubs. Mould usually grows on silicone seals and tile joints around the bathtub or on the edge of the bathtub. To prevent mould from forming, ventilate the bathroom immediately after having a bath, and wipe damp spots dry as soon as possible.
If you happen to find some mould, there are plenty of special mould cleaners that will get rid of it straightaway. Sometimes vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are used to clean joints in the bathroom, but we recommend antibacterial cleaners to remove dark mould stains on tile joints, tiles, and shower curtains and stop unpleasant odours coming from the drain. If joints or seals are damaged, repair them with grout, or replace them completely. Steam cleaning tiles is also a great way to rid them of bacteria and mould.
How to remove limescale from the tub
If you have hard water in your bathroom, there’s more chance of limescale forming. The best way to get rid of these unsightly deposits is to use a slightly acidic cleaner or a cleaner that’s specifically for limescale. Remove limescale in the bathroom as soon as possible because the longer you wait, the harder it will be.
Tip: You can find out the water hardness from your local water supplier.
Cleaning the bathtub with a toothbrush
Instead of throwing your old toothbrush away, you can use it to clean your bathtub. The small brush allows you to get into the hard-to-reach places, and also clean fittings, joints, and drains.
Detergent, bicarbonate of soda, or buttermilk?
For cleaning stains in the bathtub, detergents, bicarbonate of soda, and buttermilk are sometimes used. One option is to put detergent or bicarbonate of soda in the dry bath, rub the mixture in with circular movements, and then rinse everything out again at the end. Another option is to pour buttermilk into the dry tub, rub it in, and leave it to work its magic for half an hour. There are also specific bath cleaners on the market that effectively clean the bathtub and other bathroom surfaces.
Removing stains from hair colour products
You’ve just coloured your hair and have realised that you also managed to stain the bathtub, tiles, and shower curtain? No problem! With the right method, you can remove dye residue from all these materials. Use a strong mould cleaner to clean the dye stains out of the bath. You can also use water mixed with vinegar or citric acid and remove the dye with a soft sponge. However, we recommend a special bath cleaner.
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