By: Mike Selwin
Bathtubs attract stains like magnets attract metal. From hard water mineral deposits to body oils and dirt left behind after bathing. Over time these can leave behind stains that are somewhat difficult to remove. Difficult does not mean impossible, unless of course the tub is a very old porcelain or enamel and the stain has become etched into the porcelain.
Lime or Rust or Just Plain Scum
Determining the type of stain that needs to be removed is beneficial in knowing what to clean it with. A brownish-red stain is indicative of rust, while a blue, green, or white stain could indicate lime scale. A filmy ring around the tub or discolored streaks is a sign of soap scum.
There are many different cleaning methods for stains on old bath tubs. Often it may take more than one to get the stain completely out. Although they are cleansers, elbow grease is still necessary to get any stain out. The exception is the CLR cleanser; many stains come off simply with a sponge and a squirt of CLR.
10. Bleach: Bleach cleans practically anything. There are two methods that can be used, one is to use a spray bottle and spray the bleach on the stains, allow to sit and then scrub and rinse the stains away.
The second method is to fill the tub with water and bleach and allow it to soak overnight. This method requires more bleach but removes more stains at once with less scrubbing.
Having an older bathtub with what appears to be permanent stains doesn’t necessarily mean calling in a remodeling company. Using elbow grease and some cleansers, either commercially bought or homemade, old bathtubs can be given a new lease on life.
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