Tip on Tubs from the dollar stretcher....
My tip is save your used dryer sheets for cleaning soap scum off shower and tub doors and walls. They are also good to shine up the chrome on your sink and tub fixtures. I have the cultured marble tub surrounds, and it works great to clean the soap scum off the walls and keeps them shining. You have to use a used dryer sheet because a fresh one will suds up. You can actually see the dirt on the dryer sheet. And it's free since it's already been used for drying your clothes. Pat
We have a fiberglass bathtub in our home (nearly 5 years old) that has a "textured" bottom to prevent slippage. I have been trying for some time now to be able to get the textured part as clean as I get the rest of the tub. The soap scum that I clean regularly seem to get "stuck" in the raised texture on the bottom of the tub. I've used all sorts of abrasives (that won't mar the tub), scrubby pads, cleaners, etc. I'm wondering if anyone might've had success using something or if a contractor who installs them has any ideas. I'm out of thoughts, and my "nesting urge" right now is exceptionally strong, so this is really bugging me. Sue T.
Cleaning Tubs: Spray Bottle of Bleach Helpful
I had the same problem with my shower floor and I found that 3 parts bleach and 1 part water in a spray bottle works the best. Let it sit for a few minutes and watch the stains disappear. I too tried all kinds of bathroom cleaners on it and it did no good. It also works great on sinks. I have a white sink in my kitchen that had become stained with coffee and cola that was being dumped down the drain and it worked miracles on it. Alyna
Cleaning Tubs: Try The Works for Results
I know just what you mean. The six of us take at least one shower a day and soap scum and hard water stains build up quick and drive me nuts. I have found a great product that has never failed me for cleaning my fiberglass tub and enclosure. It's called The Works and is available at Target and some Wal-Marts. I spray it on wait a couple minutes and scrub with a soft brush or old toothbrush and voila it is white as new. It also works on rust. I sound like a commercial but it really works. They also make a great toilet bowl cleaner. The products are reasonably priced. If you can't find it in your area, write to: Lime-O-Sol Company, PO Box 395, Ashley, IN 46705 and they will forward you a list of retailers in your area. They even sent me some coupons. Annette
Cleaning Tubs: Highly Recommend CLR
I have a shower stall with a textured floor that was becoming a real eyesore because I could not get the floor clean. I bought a handled cleaning brush and spray with CLR foaming product. Let the spray set for a few minutes then scrub with the brush. The CLR will also dissolve hard water build-up. The shower floor looks brand new, no scratch marks, and no grime! Barbie
Cleaning Tubs: ZAP It
My bathtub was a mess too. I could not get the stuff off the bottom no matter what! I was ready to yank it out and replace it. In a last ditch effort I bought ZAP at Costco and tried it. It was fantastic. I now have a tub that looks brand new and all the bumps on the bottom have been restored! A word of caution about the ZAP. Wear old clothes when you use it. It eats through the material of your clothes. Pam
Cleaning Tubs: A Maintenance Worker's Recommendations
At a NAPA auto parts store get a can of Max's Tar Remover. Use a soft brush, never a cleanser like Comet even if it says it isn't abrasive. Another method is good floor wax stripper which you can get it at an ACE hardware store. Put it on full strength, allow to sit 10 minutes and then flush off with hot water for 3 minutes. The easy way to get some shine back in a dull surface is a couple light coats of Future floor polish. It isn't a wax; don't use a wax. Bill
Cleaning Tubs: Bubbles Do the Scrubbing
I asked a similar question of my niece last year and she turned me on to Scrubbing Bubbles and the stuff is great. I rarely buy name brand stuff, but this works on my bath and shower. Brenda
Cleaning Tubs: Check With the Manufacturer
We had a tub like this at our old house. The manufacture/ installer said to use a netted sponge (there is a net like plastic material attached to 1 side of the sponge) to clean the surface. Sponge can be purchased at Dollar General. He said use Soft Scrub with bleach for really bad surfaces. For weekly cleaning, he suggested baking soda & water or Comet bathroom cleaner works great. Candy
Note from Lucy: Since cleaning tubs is not my favorite thing to do, I want to make sure that it is easy... Try some of the tips above to see what works best for you.... Have a great week everyone!