You want your bathroom to look good. It’s a room that nearly every guest in your home will see at one point or another, and it’s important to make a good impression. If the first thing a guest sees is a prominent ring around the bathtub, that’s not a good impression. Here’s what you need to know about ring around the tub.
A ring around the tub is caused by a buildup of soap scum and oil from bathing products. While the bath is in use, the soap scum and oil float to the top of the water and sit there for an extended period of time, causing deposits to build up in layers until there is a visible ring around the tub. The more frequently baths are taken, the faster that ring will build up.
The best option to get rid of a bathtub ring depends on the materials used in your bathtub. Using an incorrect cleaning method will not only be ineffective, but also could cause damage to the tub itself. Depending on the bathtub material, you may have to take a different approach to get the tub completely clean.
Try a 50/50 mixture of chlorine in water. Apply to the ring with a spray bottle and let the solution sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing. Use a scrub brush to scrub out the solution and then rinse the tub thoroughly. Repeat as necessary until the ring is gone, and remember to rinse out the tub thoroughly.
Combine half a bucket of water with 1/4 cup of ammonia and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Use a non-abrasive sponge soaked in the solution to scrub the bathtub, repeating as necessary on problem areas until the ring is gone. Rinse thoroughly and repeat as necessary until the tub is clean.
You’ll need to use water and a bathtub cleaning agent such as Ajax powder to make a paste. Spread the cleaning paste around the tub and be sure to completely cover the ring, then let it sit for half an hour. Rinse away thoroughly.
Acrylic tubs are becoming a more and more popular choice for homeowners due to the fact that they are so low-maintenance and easy to clean. Acrylic is a very non-porous material, so it doesn’t allow soap scum and other build up to cause the ring around the tub as easily in the first place. If you do experience soap scum build up, simply use a non-abrasive bath cleaner, let sit for at least 15 minutes, and then wipe away.
As you can see, getting rid of a bathtub ring is hard enough; you need to put in work up front to keep it from coming back. The rule of thumb is to clean the tub on a weekly basis, but that varies depending on how often you use the tub. There’s no way to guarantee that the ring won’t eventually return, but at the very least, you can hold it at bay.
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