A relaxing bath is a small wellness holiday. A bathtub can help you come down and relax after a stressful day. But the best way to take a bath is in a well-tended and clean bathtub. Because lime deposits and spotty discolorations spoil the feel-good bath.
That is why we would like to inform you in this article about everything you need to know about cleaning the bathtub. We answer all the important questions and draw your attention to the things you need to pay special attention to when cleaning your bathtub.
The most important facts in brief
- Cleaning the bathtub is very important for hygienic reasons and should not be neglected. You should rinse it thoroughly after each bath and clean it weekly or every few weeks, depending on how often you use it.
- There are bathtubs made of acrylic, enamelled steel and cast mineral. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages and specific properties, which you have to consider when cleaning.
- For cleaning, you can either use special cleaning agents or resort to household remedies. Household products are usually cheaper and more environmentally friendly.
Our product recommendation
The Sani White sanitary cleaning set from ABACUS contains twice 500 ml sanitary cleaner and two household sponges. The cleaners are suitable for the toilet, the washbasin, the shower and for the bathtub made of ceramic, enamel and stainless steel.
The cleaners have a polishing and shining effect. They have a very dirt-repellent effect and provide a pearling surface.
Lime and stubborn stains such as mineral deposits, rust stains and urine scale can be easily removed. The cleaner is also suitable for stainless steel sinks and glass ceramic hobs.
Backgrounds: What you should know about bathtub cleaning
In this section we would like to inform you about what types of bathtubs are available and what you need to consider when cleaning each one. […]
What types of bathtubs are there and what do I have to pay attention to when cleaning?
There are bathtubs made of wood, glass or natural stone, but these are rather rare. Because these are usually very expensive and impractical in everyday life. The most common materials for bathtubs include acrylic, enamelled steel and cast mineral.
Tubs made of acrylic
Acrylic bathtubs are very robust against knocks and blows. However, the surface can easily be scratched. That is why you should not use scouring milk or coarse sponges when cleaning an acrylic bathtub.
All in all, they are very easy to clean and the surface is very hygienic because dirt can hardly settle. However, you should rinse the tub with hot water after each bath and rub it dry with a cotton cloth.
Steel enamel tubs
Steel enamel is a composite material consisting of sheet steel and a coating of enamel. Bathtubs made of steel enamel feel rather cold and are susceptible to impact damage.
However, the advantage of this material is that it cannot discolour or scratch it. In addition, the smooth surface offers bacteria and dirt hardly any hold.
Cleaning a steel enamel bathtub is therefore very easy and quick. However, you should avoid harsh cleaning agents as they remove the shine.
Mineral cast tubs
Bathtubs made of cast mineral are less well known, even though they have many advantages. Because the material, which consists of various mineral fillers, makes the bathtub very robust and durable.
The surface offers hardly any hold for dirt and bacteria and the bathtub is therefore very easy to clean and easy to maintain.
How often should I clean my bathtub?
How often you should clean your bathtub depends on how often you use it. If you or other people in your household regularly take a bath, the bathtub should be cleaned thoroughly once a week.
However, if the bathtub is only rarely used, then of course you do not have to scrub the unused tub every week. In this case it is sufficient to clean the bathtub thoroughly before use.
The hair sieve above the drain should be cleaned after each use of the bathtub to avoid the development of unpleasant odours.
Clean the bathtub: The best methods
In the following, we would like to show you which products you can best use to clean your bathtub. We also give you tips for rather unusual but nevertheless very effective means against dirt in the bathtub.
What household products can I use to clean my bathtub?
Household products are usually much cheaper than special detergents and are at least as effective in fighting dirt.
Not only are you saving your wallet, but you are also doing the environment a big favor by using home remedies instead of chemical cleaners.
For cleaning your bathtub are particularly suitable:
- Citric acid: A real miracle weapon against lime deposits is citric acid. But it also helps very well with intensive stains and discolorations. After use, however, you must rinse everything thoroughly, otherwise the acid can cause surface damage.
- Vinegar: works similar to citric acid against lime, stains and discoloration. You can also mix vinegar with citric acid and use it for cleaning.
- Buttermilk: is particularly suitable for polishing. Simply spread a little buttermilk with circular movements over the entire surface and let it work in a little.
- Baking powder: is a miracle cure for stubborn stains. You can mix baking powder and water to make a paste, then apply it to the affected areas and let it work. Baking powder works on many surfaces.
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How do I get stains out of the bathtub?
Lime scale, residues of care products, essential oils, hair tones and colours can leave unsightly stains in your bathtub. That is why you should always rinse the tub thoroughly with hot water after every bath and wipe the entire surface with a sponge or microfibre cloth.
Nevertheless, yellowish discoloration and stains often develop over time. But don’t worry – you can do something about it. And expensive cleaning agents are not necessarily always necessary. As already mentioned, there are many useful household remedies.
Vinegar and citric acid are particularly effective against lime and light to medium soiling. If you have to deal with stubborn stains, such as hair dye residue, you can use chlorine bleach for cleaning.
If you have very calciferous water in your household, you will often have to deal with limescale deposits not only in the bathroom. It is therefore advisable to invest in a decalcification system so that you can save yourself the trouble of cleaning your bathtub frequently.
Is chlorine suitable for cleaning bathtubs?
Chlorine or chlorine bleach is a very aggressive cleaning agent and should only be used for particularly stubborn soiling, as toxic vapours can be produced which strain the airways.
Chlorine helps against chemical paint and is also very helpful to remove mould from your bathtub.
You must wear gloves when handling such harsh cleaning agents as chlorine. You should also provide fresh air and open the window if available. Do not stay in the room for too long after use.
It is most gentle on the bathtub if you cover the entire surface with kitchen paper and then wet it with the chlorine bleach. Leave it to soak for half an hour and then rinse everything thoroughly with plenty of water.
Is car polish suitable for cleaning bathtubs?
Car polish is not suitable for cleaning your bathtub, but it can make your bathtub shine again after cleaning.
All you have to do is apply a little car polish with a microfibre cloth on the surface of your bathtub and then polish with another dry cloth.
You can repeat this procedure every two to three weeks if you want your bathtub to always shine like new.
The car polish will not only make your bathtub shine. It leaves behind a thin layer of wax that lets the water run off and also protects against dirt.
So you will have even less time to clean your bathtub and because of the wax layer it will also dry faster.
Can I clean my bathtub with dishwasher tablets?
To get a yellowed bathtub clean and shiny again, you can even clean it with dishwasher tabs. All you have to do is fill your bathtub with warm water and add 1-2 dishwashing tabs depending on the extent of the discoloration.
Leave this to work for several hours and then rinse everything thoroughly. The same method also works with teeth cleaning sticks or washing powder.
How can I clean my bathtub without bending over?
It is not uncommon to get back problems when cleaning. Especially if you have to bend down a lot. When cleaning the bathtub this can become a big problem.
Nevertheless, for hygienic reasons you should not neglect your bathtub when cleaning. In order to prevent pain, there are many tricks which avoid bending down when cleaning the bathtub.
For example, you can simply use a mop or a transducer to help you. But there are also cleaning aids specially designed for the bathroom, as you can see in this video:
What can I use to clean the drain of my bathtub?
Every time the bathtub is used, residues of soap, hair and skin flakes form in the drain. Over time, more and more of these accumulate and unpleasant odours can develop. Therefore, when cleaning your bathtub, you should not neglect the drain.
To prevent blockages, you can place a sieve over the drain, which at least catches all the hair. You should then clean it after each bath.
Even if you use such a strainer, you cannot avoid cleaning the drain of your bathtub at regular intervals. You can use special drain cleaners or even vinegar.
With an old toothbrush, you can scrub hard-to-reach areas and distribute the cleaning agent.
Trivia: What else you should know about bathtub cleaning
In this section we would like to inform you about additional facts worth knowing on the subject of bathtub cleaning.
What is the best way to clean a shower screen?
In some households the bathtub is installed right next to the shower and separated from it by a shower partition. If this is the case in your home, then you should definitely clean the shower wall at regular intervals.
To remove the water drops and moisture you should use a shower squeegee after every bath and shower. This will reduce the formation of lime scale and mould.
If you clean your bathtub and shower with detergent, then you can also use this for the shower screen and thus remove all bacteria and germs.
How can I clean the rotary knob and the tap of my bathtub?
When cleaning your bathtub, you should also consider the bath faucet and the rotary knob. Because a lot of lime and other dirt usually settles on these. Lime stains look very unattractive but they can be easily removed.
You can either use special lime removers or use household remedies such as vinegar and citric acid.
A clean bathtub is not only very important for hygienic reasons, but also for your well-being. Soiling such as soap residues, lime deposits, hair and stains as well as discolouration can very quickly rob you of the pleasure of bathing.
It is therefore important that your bathtub is clean so that you can feel good when you take a bath and really relax.
There are many ways and means to clean your bathtub. Special cleaning agents for acrylic bathtubs, bathtubs made of steel enamel or mineral cast are certainly not wrong. But in many cases, even the good old household remedies are perfectly adequate and effective in fighting dirt.
Table of Contents
- 1 The most important facts in brief
- 2 Our product recommendation
- 3 Backgrounds: What you should know about bathtub cleaning
- 4 Clean the bathtub: The best methods
- 4.1 What household products can I use to clean my bathtub?
- 4.2 How do I get stains out of the bathtub?
- 4.3 Is chlorine suitable for cleaning bathtubs?
- 4.4 Is car polish suitable for cleaning bathtubs?
- 4.5 Can I clean my bathtub with dishwasher tablets?
- 4.6 How can I clean my bathtub without bending over?
- 4.7 What can I use to clean the drain of my bathtub?
- 5 Trivia: What else you should know about bathtub cleaning
- 6 Conclusion