Soaking away the stresses and strains of the day in a hot bath can be lovely – but not if the tub is dirtier than you are.
With constant exposure to moisture, bacteria and mould can collect in your bath – and even if you can’t see it, do you really want to soak in a warm pond of mould and germs? Probably not. So here’s what you need to know about the best ways to clean your bath tub, to help ensure you have a sparkling, and not scummy, bathroom:
1. Avoid abrasive chemical cleaners
When cleaning an acrylic or fibreglass bath, avoid harsh astringent powders and bleach, which could easily damage a soft acrylic finish. Instead, start with a more gentle cleaning solution – you could try dishwasher liquid, liquid laundry detergent or a non-abrasive bathroom cleaners – and only try something more powerful if they don’t work. Use a soft sponge to wipe away the cleaning fluid and grime.
2. Don’t mix cleaning products
Certain combinations of chemicals, such as chlorine, bleach and ammonia, can create toxic fumes or burn skin, so don’t mix them. Make sure the bathroom is well-ventilated, and wear rubber gloves.
3. Don’t use steel wool
Avoid using steel wool or extremely abrasive brushes, as they may scratch the bath surface.
4. Try vinegar
Distilled white vinegar can be a great cleaner – just fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water, and spray the bath surface liberally. Let the vinegar soak in for 10-20 minutes, giving the acidity time to break down mould and dirt so it can be wiped away easily.
5. Lift it with lemon
If you don’t have any vinegar, or don’t fancy the smell, try undiluted lemon juice as a fresher-smelling alternative.
6. Brilliant bicarb
For heavier dirt or stains, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda onto the dirty areas and spray on the vinegar-and-water solution. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes, then rub with a soft cloth or sponge until a paste forms. Let this sit for 15 minutes, and then wipe off and rinse the area.
7. Vinegar towels
For particularly tough water stains, dip paper towels in undiluted vinegar and leave the soaked towels on the stains for a few hours. Finally, scrub with bicarb and vinegar paste before rinsing
8. Remember to rinse
Whichever cleaning method you use, rinse out the bath well, using a shower head if there’s one over the bath.
Turn the bathroom fan on, or crack open the window, so the bath can dry out properly after cleaning.
10. Keep on top of it
After every bath you have, let the dirty water out and rinse the tub with clean, warm water. To stop stubborn water spots and mildew forming, dry the bath with a towel.