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How to clean a reglazed bathtub the right way

by | Mar 18, 2022 | Plumbing Guides


Are you thinking about getting your bathtub reglazed? Or maybe you’ve already had it done and are wondering how to clean a reglazed bathtub?

Cleaning a bathtub can be a pain, but it’s definitely necessary to keep it looking nice and new.

If you’ve recently had your bathtub reglazed, then you are in the right place because, in this article, we will provide a few tips on how to clean it effectively.

Before we start, the most important point to note is that you should avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive scrubbers, as they could damage the new finish.

How to clean a reglazed bathtub

After reglazing the bathtub, you’ll need to wait at least 24 hours before you attempt to clean it. During this time, the new coating will be hardening and drying. Use a soft cloth or sponge with some gentle soap like dish soap when cleaning and avoid using any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the new coating.

To start the process, you will need;

  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Soft cloth or sponge

Steps to follow;

1. Fill the bathtub with warm water and add a small amount of mild dish soap.

2. Swish the suds around to cover the entire surface of the tub.

3. Wet a sponge in soapy water and scrub the tub until it is clean.

4. Rinse the tub thoroughly with warm water to remove all the soap residue.

5. Dry the tub with a soft cloth or towel. That’s it. Your bathtub should be clean and shiny.


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Can I use vinegar on a refinished tub?

Vinegar is not recommended for use on a refinished tub. It is a strong acid and can damage the finish and make it look dull. If you’re trying to clean a refinished tub, use a mild soap or detergent and water instead.

Can you use a magic eraser on refinished tubs?

Magic eraser can be used on refinished tubs but it’s not necessarily the best option. This is because it is abrasive and can remove the finish on your tub if you’re not careful or used it excessively. So, it’s best to use it sparingly and only when necessary.

If you do decide to use magic eraser, be sure to test it in a small area first to see how it affects the finish.

What cleaners are safe on a reglazed tub?

Some people say that you should only use natural cleaners on a reglazed tub, while others say that any kind of cleaner is safe as long as it’s not abrasive.

However, there are a few things to consider when answering this question.

First, it’s important to know that not all refinishing products are created equal. Some are more durable than others, and some require specific care instructions in order to maintain their shine and finish.

So it’s important to check with the manufacturer of your particular refinishing product to see if certain cleaners are safe for use on their finish.

Another thing to consider is that some bathtub cleaners contain bleach. And although it might be a diluted form of bleach, it can still cause damage to certain types of finishes.

That said, if you are not sure about what cleaner to use, I’d recommend erring on the side of caution and sticking to natural cleaner. They’re usually gentler and won’t damage the finish of your tub.

Be sure to rinse the tub thoroughly after cleaning it to remove all traces of the cleaner.


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What are some non-abrasive bathtub cleaners?

There are a number of non-abrasive bathtub cleaners on the market that can effectively clean your tub without damaging the surface.

Some popular options include Lysol tub and tile cleaner, scrubbing bubbles, soft scrub, and Formula 409. Just be sure to read the instructions carefully before using any cleaner on your tub.

  • Scrubbing bubbles

Scrubbing bubbles is a sink, shower, tile, and bathtub cleaner and disinfectant.

It is highly effective against removing grime, dirt, and hard water stains. All you need to do is spray it on the tub and watch as it expands into every corner of the tub lifting dirt, soap scum, grime, and even hard water stains.

  • Formula 409 All-Purpose Cleaner

Formula 409 is a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner that works great on bathtubs and sinks. It also works as a disinfectant and is powerful against grease, grime, and soap scum.

  • Lysol power bathroom cleaner

Lysol power bathroom cleaner is a powerful cleaner that helps to easily get rid of grime, limescale, soap scum, and other tough stains.

It needs little to no scrubbing at all, which makes it ideal for a refinished tub. Just spray and leave it for 5 minutes, clean gently with a sponge and then rinse thoroughly with clean water.

  • Barkeepers Friend soft cleanser

Barkeepers Friend soft cleanser is different from the classic cleanser since it consists of a premixed formulation that is meant for quick and easy cleaning. It works really well against soap scum, mineral deposits, rust, and grime across all surfaces.

Best practices to care and maintain a reglazed or refinished tub

1. Always clean using non-abrasive bathtub cleaner

It’s always important to clean your bathtub using a non-abrasive cleaner, especially if it’s been reglazed. This will help keep the finish looking its best and prevent any damage.

2. Avoid chlorine-based cleaners or bleach

As a general rule, you should avoid using chlorine-based cleaners or bleach on reglazed tubs. This is because the chemicals in these products can react with the glaze, potentially causing damage. If you need to clean your reglazed tub, stick to mild soap and water instead.

3. Used bathmat without suction cups

Maybe you’re used to having a bathmat with suction cups on the bottom, but if you’ve recently reglazed your tub, those suction cups probably won’t work anymore. That’s because the smooth, non-porous surface of a reglazed tub is too slick for the cups to grip.

So, if you want to use a bathmat in your newly reglazed tub, look for one that doesn’t have suction cups or make sure the bottom of your mat is lined with something grippy (like rubber).


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4. Do not use abrasive scouring pads or sponges

If you’re looking to keep your reglazed tub in pristine condition, avoid using abrasive scouring pads or sponges. Instead, opt for a soft cloth or sponge and mild soap. This will help prevent any damage to the finish.

5. Rinse tub thoroughly after cleaning

After you clean your reglazed tub, be sure to rinse it thoroughly to get rid of all the cleaner residue. This will help keep your tub looking its best and will also protect against any damage that the cleaner might cause.

Conclusion

There you have it; your complete guide on how to clean a reglazed bathtub.

We hope you found this information helpful and that you are now able to keep your tub looking as good as new with minimal effort.

Make sure to give your tub plenty of time to dry before using it again and enjoy your sparkling clean bathtub.

Have any tips or tricks of your own for keeping your tub looking new? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.

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