Knowing how to properly clean your bathtub is not as hard as you think!
One of the most common objections that people have regarding a bath as opposed to a shower is that you end up sitting in the dirt that you’ve cleaned off of yourself. That is somewhat true, but there is so much more to a bath in terms of relaxation, calm, and mental rejuvenation that makes it a great way to practice some self-care.
With that being said, we can also do our bit to reduce the amount of dirt that accumulates by regularly cleaning our bathtub so that it is always in tip-top condition. In this article, we’re going to explore the best way to clean a bathtub so that you are never in the unenviable position of having a stained or filthy tub.
6 Steps to a Sparkling Bathtub
- Start with hot water for an initial rinse. The first step is to get some hot water and pour it all over the tub itself. The best way to do this is to grab a bucket and use that to disperse the water. This ensures that you’re getting to the places where the normal water line doesn’t get to – creating an even coverage across every surface. This initial rinse goes a long way to catching any movable residue before you start the deep clean process.
- Sprinkle baking soda on tub surfaces. Baking soda is a great way to break up any difficult stains on the surface so it’s a good option to sprinkle it on any surfaces that need it. Don’t be afraid to be generous here, the more the merrier. Focus more of the soda on any places that have visible problems to give it a little extra encouragement.
- Add some dish soap to hot water. Now return to your bucket again and fill it with some hot water as well as about two tablespoons of dishwashing soap. The goal here is to create some foam which is then going to be used on the stains. Stir the water a bit so that you maximize its impact and give yourself the best chance of getting it right the first time.
- Dip a sponge or brush into the water and scrub the bathtub. Now you can dip a cleaning instrument of choice into the hot water with the dishwashing liquid and then scrub the various surfaces of your bathtub. You’re going to be scrubbing quite hard so you ideally want a strong sponge or even a rough scrubbing brush. Anything that will help you apply maximum pressure when you scrub the surface of the bathtub itself. The combination of the baking soda and the cleaning liquid will help to remove any marks or stains that have survived the steps so far.
- Finish the tub with a bathtub cleaning spray. Once your tub is sparkling white again and you’re happy with the results, you can finish the job with a handheld spray that gets you that gleaming aesthetic that you see on Instagram. It’s a good idea to dry the tub before you do this though to capture any last pieces of residue that might still be lingering.
- Don’t forget the faucet and other finishings. Lastly, any other fittings like faucets, drains, and handles can be wiped down and dried with a clean and dry cloth. Polish them a bit if you can – especially if that’s the sort of look you’re going for. These are the things that people often touch, so a little bit of effort here goes a long way. Before you know it, the whole tub will be back to its brilliant best.
Tips for Cleaning Bathtubs
Here are some other things to keep in mind as you go about cleaning your bathtub:
- Baking soda is your friend. If you find that you’re struggling to get rid of a particular stain, you can pour baking soda directly onto your cleaning instrument and rub hard with it. A little extra force here combined with a generous helping of soda can often do the trick.
- Bleach is great for mold or mildew. If you find that your tub has mold or mildew then you’re going to need something stronger than baking soda and dishwashing soap. Rather use a few tablespoons of bleach and spray this onto the affected areas. Then leave for a while to soak before completing the process as normal. This usually does the trick for those longer-term problems.
- Don’t Hurt Yourself. Cleaning a tub is not a comfortable experience and you’ll be leaning on your knees and doing some hard scrubbing to get the job done. Try to make things as comfortable as possible by using a towel or a cushion for some padding – just so that you don’t hurt yourself in the process.
- Baking soda works for drains too. If your drain is not clearing quickly and you think there is some sort of blockage, baking soda can work here too. Combine the baking soda with some vinegar and you have a powerful concoction that will clean your drain in no time.
If you keep these tips and tricks in mind, you’ll find that there’s no stain or mark that can withstand your efforts. Choose your materials wisely and follow the tried-and-tested process and you’ll be amazed at just how clean your bathtub can be.
So, there you have it!
Cleaning a bathtub doesn’t have to be a mission if you know what to use and what the best way to do it is. These principles are timeless and when implemented, will make a huge difference to how your bathroom feels as a whole. It’s magical when you get it right and have a clean home!
We hope that this article has shed some light on the best way to clean a bathtub and that you can leverage this knowledge to return your precious tub to its original state. We can’t wait to see the sparkle in your eye as it reflects off that glimmering white bathtub!
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