Over the time the bathtub can start to look old and grimy, and this can change the whole look of your bathroom. Hard water is one of the common culprits behind tough stains on the surface of a bathtub. It can leave rust stains and calcium deposits leaving the tub look like you never clean it, and making it look old and messy.
There are some things that you can do to make it look better. You can refinish the tub, but until you are ready to buy a bathtub refinishing kit there are some things that you can do to make it look better.
Cleaning your bathtub with a sponge and powder cleansers can make a huge difference, you pour the powder on and scrub it in leaving it on for a few minutes before you rinse it off. It may take you a few times to do this before you notice a huge difference. There is a sponge on the market called Magic Eraser that may help you out some also. These sponges will be able to remove stains that cleaners won’t be able to.
Making a paste out of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide may solve some of the problems. Make it a thick paste and rub it on the stains and leave it remain there for about an hour then use a scrubber to scrub it in and the rinse.
Vinegar will help with hard water stains and calcium deposits. Fill the tub with hot water and pour in generous amounts of vinegar and let it set overnight. The next morning you will want to drain the water and rinse the tub. You should notice that the stains are less noticeable after doing this.
There are rust and stain remover products on the market that will help remove some of the stains that are stubborn and are harder to remove. These harsh chemicals should be used in a well ventilated area so that you don’t inhale a lot of the fumes. Most of these cleaners will take most of the stains out and you will notice a huge difference, but some stubborn stains just will not be able to get cleaned no matter what way you try to clean it.
If these cleaning solutions don’t work for you and you still are not happy with the results of your tub you can always look into having your bathtub re-glazed. You can do this through a professional who will come and do it or buy a kit that you can do yourself over a weekend.