The bathtub should be a place of cleanliness, but keeping it so can sometimes be a chore. The following article contains a selection of bath cleaning tips – from killing mould to how to clean bathtub and faucet stains – so you can get the job done in no time.
How Do You Clean a Bathtub? It Depends!
There are three main types of bathtub, and the method for cleaning the bath is different in each case. So, the first thing to do is to find out what type you have: porcelain, enamel, or acrylic?
Cleaning the Bath: Porcelain
Made of very hard clay, porcelain baths are the most hard-wearing and, consequently, the easiest to clean. Pretty much any standard cleaner will do – we recommend Cif Cream Cleaner to remove grime easily.
Cleaning the Bath: Enamel
Enamel bathtubs comprise of a metal base with a layer of glass over the top. Though this glass (the enamel) is hard, it isn’t totally immune to scratching. Additionally, corrosive cleaners can work their way to the metal base and badly damage it if you’re not careful.
It might not then be obvious how to remove stains in an enamel bathtub. But in fact, a mild cream cleaner solution should be sufficient. (Make sure not to use anything too rough like abrasive powder or a scouring pad.)
For extremely stubborn stains, dilute 5ml of trisodium phosphates in a litre of water. Be careful though – it is very powerful. Wear heavy gloves and don’t let it mix with other cleaners. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Cleaning the Bath: Acrylic
Acrylic baths are made of plastic and are therefore the most delicate of all. Scouring pads and abrasive cleaners should be avoided: a cream cleaner and a soft cloth are preferred instead. It’s a good idea to clean acrylic baths regularly so that hard scrubbing is never needed!
How to Clean Bath Faucets
- Clean the worst of any grime using a small brush and a bathroom cleaning spray. An old toothbrush is ideal.
- If there is rust, specialised commercial products are available to tackle it effectively. Follow the instructions on the label carefully.
- Consider buffing with metal polish and a rag to get your faucets really sparkling!