Before adding in bathroom decor, you should keep it clean. Enjoying a relaxing time soaking in your bathtub is a pleasure one looks forward to every so often. Usually, during the weekend, we hop into the shower and hurriedly bathe ourselves in preparation for another long hard day out in the working world.
Not everyone enjoys the luxury of owning their very own bathtub; some just have bathrooms with showers. For those of us that do own such a luxurious bathroom fixture, we do need to make sure that we clean and maintain our bathtubs properly.
Naturally, using our bathtubs frequently will result in nasty soap scum build up. Not only that we have to deal with body hairs that we shed while bathing, hard water stains, and random biological material, cleaning the tub is not something one looks forward to doing.
If you are planning to clean your bathtub, might as well go the extra mile and clean your entire bathroom. How very fortunate that this step by step guide on how to clean your bathroom is so clear and straightforward to follow.
You need to get into the right mindset and prepare to do some serious cleaning. Cleaning your bathtub is simple enough if you have the right tools. There are several items you would need to get started.
It would be best to prepare them beforehand to not waste time searching for the next product you need to use to go about cleaning a dirty bathtub. Before you start cleaning make sure to be aware of what material your tub is made of and follow this guide about the common elements bathtubs are made from.
Tools for cleaning your bathtub
- Rubber Gloves
- Tub Brush or Sponge
How to clean a bathtub
Get motivated – Play some of your favourite tunes on your boombox or use a headset to get you pumped up and ready to rock. Drink a cup of joe or chug down the energy drink of your choice.
Safety first – Make sure to use rubber gloves before you start cleaning. This will ensure you do not get any cleanser that may contain harsh chemicals on your skin.
Choose your Cleanser- There are two options in this stage, a natural homemade cleanser or the commercial cleansers which you can purchase at the store. Our previous article on how to clean your bathroom has the step by step process on how to make your very own cleaning solution using ingredients you usually find in your kitchen.
For the homemade cleaning solution, you will need an empty spray bottle, and it is composed of one and one half a cups of baking soda, half a cup of water, half a cup of liquid soap and half a cup of white vinegar. Cover and twist the top of the spray bottle closed, and there you have it, ready for use
Of course, you can use the favourite chemical cleaners like Comet or soft scrub which will clean and deodorise any bathroom surface. Choose wisely and please make sure to follow the instructions accordingly.
NOTE: Do not, I repeat do not, under any circumstances combine bleach/Clorox with ammonia/glass cleaners as this results in the formation of chlorine gas which can be deadly.
Remove the moveable – Remove any and item that are not bolted to the bathtub. Temporarily relocate all personal products, loofahs, razors, back scrubbers, bathtub non-slip mats, and set them aside. Toss anything that needs to be cleaned in the laundry area for its maintenance cleaning.
Unscrew the stopper – Remove the drain stopper along with any hairs that may have gotten stuck there. Try your best to clean the drain as best as you can. If you are experiencing clogs in any drain in your home, follow this step by step guide on how to fix a slow drain.
Cleanser time – Apply your cleanser generously, spray or squirt the product of your choice all over your bathtub. Make sure to target all the grime and scum build up that is both visible and invisible to you. Meaning, coat the tub with a nice layer of cleanser, let it sit for a few minutes or for however long the instructions say.
Scrub Clean – Allow the Cleanser to do the work of breaking down the scum then grab your brush or tub scrubber and follow it up with some elbow grease. After you have scrubbed every inch of your tub, along with the faucet to remove any hard water stains, rinse the tub with warm water to get all the gunk into the drain.
If your tub is not sparkling as it should, repeat step 6 but this time just apply the cleanser to specific areas and brush again. Rinse with warm water one more time and behold the difference
You are not done quite yet. First, reinstall the drain stopper. Then for good measure, run warm water, fill the tub past the line of mildew or scum that may still be there and pour two cups of bleach into the warm water then wait for thirty minutes.
Feel free to do something else while you wait, then once the thirty minutes is up, drain the water, rinse with warm water once last time, and there you have it. Your tub should be sparkling like new.
How to clean a bathtub drain
Every day we bathe ourselves to clean our bodies by taking a bath which helps to remove all the dirt and grime that end up attached to us from our day outside. Our flesh is prone to dirt, dust, sweat, grime and thankfully through the miracle that is indoor plumbing we can wash clean in the comfort of our own homes.
All the dirt and grime go through one place, the bathtub drain. The traffic of dirt through your drain is no joke; it indeed is a good thing that all the dirt and grime is washed away down into the drain, through the wastewater pipes and out into the sewer system.
Cleaning and maintaining your drain should be on the checklist when accomplishing your bi-monthly bathroom maintenance. This is a simple procedure which you can do, by following the steps detailed in sewer smell in your bathroom? Learn to get rid of it.
Remove the drain stopper by unscrewing it counter clockwise. Remove all the hairs and gunk that may be stuck in the drain.
Run hot water then pour drain cleaner such as Drano and wait the requisite time. Just wait and relax while the chemical compound works to break down any blockage in the pipes.
You can also use a homemade drain cleaner which consists of pouring a half cup of baking soda into the drain then following it up with a cup of white vinegar and cover the drain with rubber bathtub drain stopper. This will create a chemical reaction that will push through the blockage dislodging it from your pipes.
Run hot water to wash any blockage down through the pipes and into the sewers. There you have it. Simple and sweet but effective to boot.
How to clean a fibreglass bathtub
A bathtub with a fibreglass finish has a surface which is more sensitive than one made of porcelain enamelled steel or enamelled iron. Do not use abrasive cleaners like Comet or any scouring powder because this will destroy the finish.
It is essential to use non-abrasive cleaners like laundry detergents or the homemade cleaning solution of baking soda, water and vinegar would work well for this type of surface.
Technically You can follow all the steps above on how to clean a bathtub except you will need to use a non-abrasive cleaning product. Use a soft sponge instead of a brush because again the brush will scratch the finish.
If you do not have a sponge using a washcloth made from polyurethane, polyester or nylon. You can use acetone to remove severe stains from a fibreglass tub.
How to clean an acrylic bathtub
Acrylic tubs tend to scratch quickly and it is advised to use non-abrasive cleaning materials like a soft sponge when cleaning this type of bathtub. Do not use scouring powders of any kind because it will leave unwanted scratches and ruin the finish.
It is safe to use bleach, the homemade cleaning solution baking soda and vinegar; even Windex works well when cleaning this type of surface.
Follow the steps indicated above, just keep in mind you need to use a non-abrasive cleaner and a sponge. The rest of the steps are safe to follow if you keep those two things in mind.
How to clean blinds in a bathtub
This is surprisingly simple to do. Instead of using a vacuum to try and get all the dust from your dirty blinds and still have it not be spotless. Try bathing them and see the difference. Follow these simple steps and have them clean in no time
Take them down. Carefully remove them from where they hang and take them to the bathroom.
Fill your tub with a few inches of warm water, pour in either of these three, an all-purpose cleaner, some dishwashing liquid/ detergent or vinegar and put your blinds in the tub. Swish them around the tub and leave them there for twenty minutes.
Drain the tub and rinse your blinds with warm water and hang to dry. There you have it, you just gave your blinds a bath, and they are now spotless of dust. Return then to their original area when thoroughly dry.
Taking care of our things is very important. Bathtubs are a luxury which should be treated as such. Wipe them clean after use or follow a strict bathroom cleaning schedule to maintain your fixtures in their optimal condition and for preventive maintenance as well. Keep in mind what kind of finish your bathtub has and just follow the step by step guide on how to clean a bathtub.
Do the same for your blinds. You and your family will be free from dust will be all the better for it.