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Looking to elevate your bathroom’s vibe and create in your bathtub a personal escape from a stressful day? Keep the grime away from the tub! 

Where do you begin? Is soap alone enough to clean it? Here in this blog post, we’ll help you answer all those questions and more so you can enjoy a relaxing bath in a pristine tub.

Step #1. Prepare the tub

For a top-notch clean, make sure your tub is empty. Besides taking out your bath products, don’t forget to remove any mats and tub curtains there could be—they can get in the way during the cleanup.

Once empty, hit the tub’s surface with warm water to soften up the grime and stains. If the exterior needs attention, grab a damp microfiber cloth to give it some love.

Pro-tip: Save your knees from getting sore by using a mat or some knee pads. Kneeling for most of the process can be a real pain!

Step #2. Make a DIY cleaning mixture

Your tub’s material determines the cleaner you need. But don’t fret about splurging on fancy store-bought solutions; chances are, your cleaning arsenal is already in your home.

  • Ceramic, porcelain, acrylic. These non-porous tubs don’t demand heavy-duty cleaning. Mix a squirt of mild detergent (look for labels like gentle, mild, or sensitive skin) with warm water until you’ve got a nice frothy blend.
  • Fiberglass. Combat the dirt on fiberglass tubs by blending ¼ cup of vinegar with a cup of water. Then, load it into a spray bottle to get an effective cleaner.
  • Stone resin. Craft your own cleaning potion with 1 ⅔ cups of baking soda, ½ cup of vegetable oil-based liquid soap, ½ cup of water, and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Mix everything in a bowl, and you’ll be good to go!

Step #3. Remove the dirt

Different tubs need different cleaning methods. Treat your tub like it deserves and needs with these tips.

  • Ceramic, porcelain, acrylic. Wipe down the tub with your DIY cleaner using a clean kitchen sponge. For stubborn stains, go tough with the rough side of the sponge.
  • Fiberglass. Sprinkle your vinegar-based cleaner on the tub, and let it sit for a solid ten minutes. Then, wipe away with a clean microfiber cloth. Stubborn spots? Roll up your sleeves for some extra elbow grease.
  • Stone resin. Apply your homebrewed solution with a clean cloth, moving in small, circular motions for an even spread. Rinse and repeat.

Step #4. Show the drain some love

A truly clean tub doesn’t neglect the drain. First, pour hot water into the drain, but ensure it goes right into it as it could damage the tub—use a funnel or do it very slowly. Then, sprinkle a cup of baking soda down there.

After a 20-minute wait, pour hot vinegar (same procedure as before) to dissolve any leftover gunk. Finish it off with another round of hot water for a sparkling clean drain.

Step #5. Rinse and air-dry

Give your tub a final rinse with warm water to make sure no residue is left behind. And don’t forget to dry it thoroughly—lingering moisture is no friend to your tub.

We can help you get your bathtub shining again

Stay out of trouble, and let us do the dirty work for you! Think Maids offers various cleaning packages depending on your needs—and we take over your bathtub, too. Our skilled cleaners will go above and beyond to leave your bathroom and house spotless.

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