If you’re wondering how to clean a disgusting bathtub, you’ve come to the right place!, Cleaning a disgusting bathtub can be a daunting task, especially when it has become overrun with mold, mildew, and soap scum buildup. However, by using the right cleaning supplies and following the steps in this guide, you can help restore your bathtub to its former glory. With just some elbow grease and proper cleaning techniques, you can rid your tub of all that nasty grime and make it sparkle like new again. And, have a clean bathtub again.
How To Clean A Bathtub The Right Way
With these simple steps under your belt, you’ll no longer dread getting into that nasty old dirty bathtub! These bathtub cleaning tips will help you keep a super clean bathtub, in ways even the best bathtub cleaners can’t do!
Vacuum Up Dry Debris Like Hair & Dust
Vacuuming up dry debris like hair and dust before you clean a bathtub is an essential step in the cleaning process. This will reduce the amount of dirt that needs to be scrubbed away, and make the job easier overall. Vacuuming can also prevent small particles from getting washed down the tub drain when you do finally wash away residue from your cleaner.
To begin, use a handheld vacuum cleaner with an appropriate attachment for your bathtub. Look for one specifically designed for the tub’s surface; these are usually smaller and more lightweight than traditional vacuums and are made to reach into tight spaces like around tubs and showers. Aim for models that feature suction control, as this will allow you to reduce or increase the strength of suction depending on what kind of debris you are trying to remove.
Once you have selected your vacuum cleaner, use it to thoroughly clean all the surfaces of your tub. Start at one corner and work your way around in circular motions until every surface has been cleaned. Be sure to get into crevices where hair may have become trapped as well as any grooves or textured areas that could harbor dirt or dust. Again, always adjust the suction power according to what type of debris you are trying to suck up; if it is too strong, it could scratch delicate surfaces or even pull out some grout lines!
Fix Slow Moving Drains Before You Start Cleaning
When dealing with a slow moving bathtub drain, the first step is to remove the stopper from the drain body and use a plumber’s snake or auger tool to try and dislodge any debris that may be clogging up the pipes. This may require disassembling parts of the piping system in order to access further down into the pipes. If this doesn’t work, it may be necessary to call in a professional plumber who will have more advanced tools available for draining out deep clogs.
After all visible debris has been removed, you can use boiling water (or hot water, about a gallon) or cleaning products such as baking soda and white vinegar mixture or commercial drain cleaners designed for bathroom
sinks and porcelain tubs.
Soap Scum On The Tub
There are a variety of ways you can remove soap scum from an acrylic tub or porcelain tub. These can also work on mildew stains, or stubborn stains in general. Grab some rubber gloves, let’s clean a dirty tub with these bathtub cleaning tips!
First method: You will need white vinegar or cleaning vinegar, dawn dish detergent (liquid dish soap), and a spray bottle. Fill a spray bottle with half a cup of warm vinegar and half full of dawn dish soap. Before mixing the soap and white vinegar, microwave the vinegar for 1:30-2 minutes.
If you don’t want to use a homemade cleaning solution for your bathtub, you can alternatively use cleaning products like Scrubbing Bubbles, or Bar keepers friend. Both are excellent at removing tough stains.
Apply or spray your selected cleaning product to the tub floor, bathtub drain, and walls. You can also apply liberally directly on any stain. Let it sit overnight for tough buildup, or let the solution sit for 10-30 minutes before scrubbing.
The first step in cleaning a bathtub or shower wall is to use a scouring sponge. Begin by starting at the top corner of the tub or shower wall and use a circular motion as you clean. It’s important to rinse out the sponge regularly as you go, which will help prevent soap residue from building up on the sponge. Use your arm to rotate your wrist in a circular motion while pressing firmly against the surface. This will ensure that all grime and dirt are removed from the surface of the tub or shower.
Depending on how thick the soap scum layer is, it may take 2-5 times of scrubbing with a scouring sponge to remove it completely. If possible, use an elbow grease technique for tougher layers of soap scum and other dirt build up, like scrubbing in one spot for longer periods of time before rotating your wrist in order to get more leverage and power behind your cleaning efforts. This will help get rid of any stubborn residue that may be stuck on to the walls or tubs surface.
As you remove stains, you should begin to see bright white smooth areas become visible, which indicates that all dirt and grime have been successfully removed from that area. Once all surfaces of both the tub and shower walls have been cleaned with a scouring sponge, rinse them off with water one last time before drying off with a clean microfiber cloth or paper towel. The end result should be a pristinely clean bathtub without any remaining evidence of soap scum or dirt buildup.
Remove Tough Hard Water Stains + Limescale
Your faucet, showerhead, shower door and tub usually look dull when they have unsightly stains on them. Minerals such as calcium and magnesium are responsible for these stains.
We’ve found that a paste of white vinegar and baking soda is the best way to remove hard water stained areas. You can brighten bathroom surfaces quickly by applying the baking soda paste, let it sit for 30 minutes, scrub with a scouring sponge (or steel wool), then rinse. Wipe it clean with a dry cloth.
Alternatively, you can spray white vinegar directly on the stubborn stain on the tub itself. If the smell of vinegar is too strong, you can dilute it with hot water, or wear a face mask as you clean your bathroom. Lemon juice can also help with the scent. Scrub with a sponge or old toothbrush to remove the buildup in the tub. Rinse and wipe dry with a clean cloth strips or rags.
Soaking removable fixtures, such as the showerhead, in vinegar for a few hours before you scrub with a toothbrush can also help remove limescale and hard water stains for a deep clean.
Removing Rust Stains From Your Tub
Rust stains on a dirty bathtub is no good! The good news is that rust stains are rather common, and they can be easily removed from your tub or drain. Bleach is one thing you should never use when removing rust stains on your bathtub! You may get worse rust stains if you use bleach water or a bleach solution. Below are the simple steps you need to follow in order to remove those nasty stains from the bathtub.
Try (or Make) A Rust Removing Product
Bar Keeper’s Friend, CLR, or The Pink Stuff are all great options for removing rust. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s directions before using!
Alternatively, you can make a homemade rust remover. Baking soda and cream of tartar should be mixed in an equal proportions in a bowl. Make a paste by adding hydrogen peroxide, just a few drops at a time. Once the paste is applied, let the rusty area sit for an hour before you scrub with water.
Use A Pumice Stone
Using a pumice stone is an effective way to remove rust from a bathtub. Begin by wetting the area with water and wetting the stone, then carefully rub the pumice stone over it in a circular motion. It’s important to be gentle when using a pumice stone since pressing too hard could cause damage to the bathtub finish. After several minutes, the rust should start coming off easily with the pumice stone.
Try Shaws Pads
You can use the same method of the pumice stone with Shaw’s pads to clean a bathtub!
Remove Mold + Mildew Stains From Your Tub
There is nothing worse than going in for a hot bath, only to realize the bath is covered in mildew.
Most bathtubs are prone to mold and mildew buildup from soap scum if not for regular cleaning. There are several ways to clean a bathtub with this problem, and more importantly, keep your bathtub clean and eliminate this problem.
Make sure you ventilate the area you are cleaning after using a 50:50 mixture of bleach water. The only thing bleach does is remove stains, not kill mold.
You can also spray straight white vinegar on mold and mildew to kill it and clean a bathtub, but it won’t remove the stain.
The stains can be tackled by covering them with baking soda and sprinkling the baking soda with water. Rub the mixture with a toothbrush to make a paste. Let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour. Repeat if necessary by rinsing, wiping clean, and repeating. Stains won’t be removed, but mold will be killed and prevented, leading to a clean bathtub.
Of course, you can always get a can of Scrubbing Bubbles as well. It is good on the tub, shower or bathroom floor and really does well on mildew.
How To Clean A Disgusting Bathtub: Tips
Bleach can be used as a general cleaning agent within your normal cleaning routine. Keep a spray bottle of bleach around to quickly disinfect your drain, and clean a bathtub. Remember you can use hot water or cold water with bleach, but hot water is more effective.
A magic eraser is also great to regularly scrub the tub surface, drain, and keep the tub clean.
Baking soda is one of the most universal cleaning products, and has a variety of cleaning uses. When combined with vinegar, it can be used on your bathroom floor, bathtub drain, and other areas. Remember to rinse and wipe these areas dry after using baking soda to clean.
Now with these handy tips, you can relax in a hot bath in your super clean tub!
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Grainne Foley is a wife and mother of 2 great kids. During her 5 years of full time RV travel, Grainne learned to become very efficient at household chores, in order to make time for family adventures. Now, back in a house, she has continued to create tools and techniques to help others lighten the load of household organization and cleaning.