OK, so now you have taken my advice and you have found yourself a fabulous new bathtub, what do you do now? Well, aside from soaking in your new tub as often as you can you will also need to clean it and make sure that it is properly maintained if you are to keep it around for a very long time and get the best value for your money. Here are some of my tips for keeping your bathtub in the best condition possible at all times.
Abrasives and your tub are not friends. If you want your tub’s surface to stay nice and smooth you should clean it only with non-abrasive liquids, using hot water and a soft cloth. Just about any non-abrasive liquid cleaner should be fine but make sure that you read the instructions carefully and follow them. Failing to do so may risk getting your tub’s finish dull or damaged.
If your tub has an anti-slip surface on the bottom you may find that every now and then you will get some stubborn stain on it. When this happens a good solution is to make a paste with a cleaner like Spic-N-Span or Comet and spread it out evenly on the floor of the tub. Let it sit for at about 10 minutes and then use a soft-bristled brush to scrub it GENTLY. It will not take a lot of effort to make a scratch, so use a brush with bristles that are the texture of a toothbrush or softer.
Installation of a bathtub will typically involve the use of a lot of sealant or caulk to keep the water from getting into places where it shouldn’t be. Over time however, sealants will sometimes start to deteriorate and allow water to leak into the fixtures and finish materials. It is important to check for places where there might be a leak in the sealant or caulk as these leaks can cause a lot of damage if left unchecked. Ideally you should replace the sealant about every five years but you should definitely do regular inspections so that you can identify problem areas before they get too bad.
Another thing that you want to look out for is grout. If the grout on your walls comes in contact with water regularly it can create the perfect environment for the growth of mildew as well as other unwanted conditions. Tile and grout should ideally be sealed twice per year to prevent mildew from growing. You can also keep an eye out for loose or cracked tiles and grout. These should be repaired immediately to prevent water from seeping into cavities where it can cause mold to grow.
Use these tips to keep your bathtub nice and clean all year long and prevent the growth of harmful substances like mold in your bathroom. You will be able to enjoy your bathtub more when you know that it is scratch-free, stain-free, and mold-free.