How to Clean an Acrylic Tub

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9-03-2017, 10:20
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Acrylic tubs are becoming more popular since tub manufacturers can create unique tub shapes. Caring for your acrylic tub is easy as long as you use the right products and treat the tub gently. To gently clean your acrylic tub, you can use natural products like vinegar, baking soda and lemon. You can also buy commercial cleaners designed for acrylic tubs. Remember to clean the tile area above your acrylic tub, so the space will really shine.

Cleaning an Acrylic Tub With Natural Products

  1. Fill the tub with hot water and vinegar. If your acrylic tub is heavily stained or dirty, consider filling the tub with hot water and vinegar. This will help loosen the dirt and grime before you clean the tub. Fill the tub with hot water and pour in 2 cups (480 ml) of vinegar. Let it sit for about 15 minutes and then drain the tub.
    • The acid in the vinegar will help loosen the dirt without damaging the acrylic tub.
  2. Sprinkle the tub with baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda all over the tub while it's still wet. If you didn't fill the tub with hot water and vinegar, just pour or spray water along the inside and sides of the tub. Let the baking soda sit on the tub for a few minutes.
    • The baking soda can clean mold, mildew, and soap scum. It's also gentle to use on the acrylic tub.
    • For a stronger cleanser, you could use borax instead of baking soda.
  3. Gently scrub the acrylic tub. Dip a soft cloth or sponge into water and scrub the baking soda in the tub. The baking soda will form a bit of a paste as you clean the tub. Ensure that you're using a non-abrasive sponge or you may scratch the acrylic tub. Gently scrub the entire tub.
    • Avoid using scrubbies or sponges that have a rough side designed for heavy-duty cleaning. Instead, look for a gentle sponge or just use a soft cloth.
  4. Use a toothbrush to scrub corners and edges. If you have hard to reach edges or places where the tub meets fixtures (like the faucets), get an old toothbrush and scrub the spots. The toothbrush will be gentle enough to remove tough dirt and grime.
    • You can also use a long-handled scrub brush, so long as the bristles are soft.
  5. Rinse the tub and treat any stains with lemon. Fill a bucket with water and pour it over the tub to rinse away the baking soda and dirt. Continue rinsing until the tub is clean. If you notice stains, rub half of a lemon over the stains until they lift. Rinse the stains with water and wipe them dry with a soft cloth.
    • Lemon works well for removing hard-water deposits.

Cleaning an Acrylic Tub With Commercial Products

  1. Wash the tub every week. For basic acrylic tub maintenance, try to clean your tub every week. This will prevent dirt and grime from building up. Just wet a soft cloth or sponge with antibacterial dish soap and it to scrub the entire tub. Rinse the tub to completely remove the dirt and soap.
    • You can use a mild antibacterial soap that you'd use for hand washing your dishes. This is gentle enough to regularly use on your acrylic tub.
  2. Choose a safe commercial product. You should deep clean your acrylic tub occasionally, especially if you notice hard-water deposits or grime that's difficult to wash away with soap and water. Read labels to find a tub cleaner that's safe to use on acrylic. You can also check with your tub manufacturer for a list of approved commercial cleaners to use on the tub.
    • Most tub manufacturers update their approved cleaner list every few years, so ensure that you find the most recent list available.
  3. Scrub and rinse the tub. Most commercial cleaning products will have you spray the product. Keep the bottle about 4 to 6-inches ( ) from the tub as you spray. Let the cleaner sit on the tub for 30 seconds to a few minutes. Rinse the cleanser off and wipe the tub dry with a soft cloth.
    • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning the tub.
  4. Avoid abrasive cleaners. Acrylic tubs can scratch easily, even from chemical cleaners. This is why it's important to avoid using aerosol cleaners that come in cans or solvents (like acetone). You should also avoid using abrasive sponges that can scratch or damage the acrylic tub.
    • If you're unsure if a product is safe to use, only use it if it says it's safe to use on acrylic surfaces.

Cleaning the Tile Above the Tub

  1. Try a baking soda paste for the grout. Spray the tile area with water and sprinkle baking soda over the tiles. Use a soft brush or toothbrush to gently scrub the baking soda into a paste. The baking soda will remove mildew and dirt from the tile. If there are any mildew spots, spend a bit more time scrubbing the space.
    • Ensure that the baking soda is completely wet or you won't be able to form a cleansing paste.
  2. Scrub the tile with vinegar. Dip your soft brush or toothbrush into a bowl of vinegar and rub it over the baking soda. Gently scrub the tile area with the vinegar which will disinfect it and can remove stains.
    • Consider wearing gloves while you scrub with the vinegar. Vinegar has a strong smell which can stay on your hands for a while.
  3. Rinse the tile. Wash the vinegar and baking soda away from the tile area. You can fill a bucket with clean water and splash it against the tile area or pour water from a large pitcher over the tile area. Keep rinsing until the baking powder and vinegar are completely removed.
    • If you have a shower in the tub, you can close the door or curtain and run the shower for a minute. Aim the shower head at the tile area, so it quickly rinses it.
  4. Create a bleach solution. If you notice staining on the tile area even after you've thoroughly cleaned it, mix up a solution of diluted bleach. Combine equal parts of water and bleach in a bucket. Transfer this to a spray bottle and squirt the bleach solution on the tile area to deep clean the space.
    • This is great for cleaning silicone which is often used to seal the grout on tile areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Commercial cleaner
  • Bucket
  • Toothbrush
  • Bleach
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Soft sponge
  • Gloves
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