Dry the bathtub after every use. Prevent staining and limescale, especially if you have hard water, by wiping the bathtub dry every time you’ve finished using it. Take a soft cloth and wipe it completely dry. Wiping the tub dry will prevent the soapy water residue from evaporating, which creates limescale buildup.
Avoid using harsh cleansers or tools on the enamel. Abrasive materials such as harsh cleansers, pure vinegar, bleach, scouring powders, and steel wool can damage the enamel on the tub. You should also avoid any cleansers that are highly acidic. Fix leaky faucets to prevent enamel damage. If the faucet leaks, the constant water dripping can stain the enamel and cause chalky limescale buildup.
To prevent this damage to the enamel, re-washer the faucets or pay a plumber to stop the leak. You may need to replace worn seals, gaskets, or washers in the faucet. Clean out your drain weekly to avoid a clog. Use your fingers or a wire to remove any hair or debris that’s caught in your drain. This is especially important if you have long hair, which can quickly clog a drain. If your drain gets clogged or slows down, you’ll end up with soap scum rings around your tub.
To help keep your drain clear, you can put a mesh drain strainer over the drain to collect hair and debris so it doesn’t go down the drain. Simply wipe the strainer clean every few days. You can find a strainer at a department store, home improvement store, or online.
Rub a sliced lemon over rust stains. Slice a fresh lemon in half and rub it directly onto rust stains. Keep rubbing the lemon until you see the stains lift and disappear. Rinse the tub and dry it immediately. Some people may recommend dipping the lemon in salt before scrubbing it over the stain, but the salt could scratch or damage the enamel.