The bathtub will shine like new: how to clean it safely and effectively
A clean and shiny bathtub like the picture is one of the signs of a comfortable home. But how do you make it so without resorting to strong chemicals? Say, when you have small children or pets that can be influenced by powerful ingredients.
As OBOZREVATEL found out, to get the best results, you will need such simple means as baking soda, white vinegar and lemon. Add dishwashing liquid or all-purpose cleaner to them and arm yourself with a soft sponge, brush and a dry microfiber cloth. You can begin.
Make room to work
To clean your bathroom thoroughly, you'll need to remove any jars and bottles that may be standing on the rim. Dirt and lime deposits accumulate underneath them, mold starts to develop as well. Therefore, it is also important to wipe these places regularly. And even more thoroughly than the bathtub itself.
Treat the bathroom with baking soda
To spread the product well over the surface, first rinse the tub with warm water from a shower or a ladle, and then take the baking soda and vinegar. If there are signs of mold on the rims or areas where the sealant has been used, apply a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and baking soda there. Leave it to work for at least 15 minutes. Then, while the product is still on the stains, scrub them thoroughly with a brush.
Stubborn stains in the bathtub are good to clean with a paste made from a mixture of baking soda and water. It also applied to the dirty areas. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and clean the stains.
Use a mild detergent
After removing the stains, it is time to clean the tub with soap and water. Use a dish detergent or all-purpose cleaner in a spray, cream or liquid. Spread it evenly over the entire surface, including faucets and taps. Wipe the entire surface well with this cleaner, and rub additionally with a brush where limescale has accumulated.
You can also use vinegar to clean the bathtub, if you are not embarrassed by the smell. It dissolves dirt and grease and has an antibacterial effect. Dilute it in equal proportions with water and pour it into a sprayer for easy use.
The same mixture can be used to remove lime stains from faucets. Apply it to the surface, leave it on for a few minutes, and then polish the faucet with a microfiber cloth.
If the stains are stubborn, you can use lemon juice to remove them, in addition to vinegar. Soak a piece of old cloth in one of these liquids, wrap it around the faucet, and secure it with clingfilm. Allow the remedy to work for an hour, then rinse off the acid and polish the faucet.
How to make your bathtub shine
If you want your bathtub surface to shine, give it an extra coat of baking soda and water paste after cleaning. The mild abrasive will remove any residual dirt and bring back the shine. But to maintain the effect, the tub has to be left to dry. Wipe it with a microfiber cloth to absorb water residue and polish the surface.
How often you need to clean the tub
The specific frequency depends on how often you use the tub, how many people wash in it and other conditions. But experts advise a thorough cleaning at least once a week to prevent soap scum, mold and stains from building up.
It will also be helpful to rinse the tub after each use. You can do this with a vinegar solution, which you can then rinse off. It will remove light stains even without friction.
What you should avoid when cleaning your bathtub
Even the most resistant material from which modern bathtubs are made, poorly tolerates strong friction and aggressive chemicals. Therefore, experts advise not to use the following tools:
- hard brushes;
- rough sponges and rags;
- sharp tools;
- ammonia alcohol.
With regular cleaning, baking soda, vinegar and simple mild soap, you keep the bathtub in good condition.
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