Nobody likes the thought of taking a soak in a dingy bathtub. With constant exposure to moisture, bacteria and mold can collect on the walls of your tub, creating a mess that’s both unsightly and unsanitary. Being diligent about keeping your bathtub clean is the best way to prevent dirt and gunk from getting out of hand, but sometimes you’ll have to bring out the big guns to chip away at heavy, set-in stains. Fortunately, this can usually be done with the aid of a few basic household products and a little elbow grease.
The longer you let the solution sit, the more effective it will be at lifting long-settled residue. Wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area when handling chemical cleaning solutions. Scrub out the stains gently. Use a soft sponge or microfiber towel to avoid leaving marks or scratches. Go over the stains using a gentle circular motion. When you’re finished, rinse away any remaining dirt and cleaning solution and let the tub dry completely.
If necessary, apply another burst of cleaning solution. Wipe and repeat until the stains come out of the enamel finish. Using anything more abrasive than a sponge to scrub enamel may wear down the finish.
Add enough water to produce a paste. Spray purified or ordinary tap water onto the cleaning powder. With the addition of moisture, the powder will take on a thick, foamy consistency. Rub this paste into the stains and give it about half an hour to take effect. You can also wet a clean sponge or washcloth and use it to rub in the cleaner until it thickens.
Another option is to wet the tub before you apply the cleanser. Spray the tub with the shower head or fill a cup with water and pour it around the inside of the tub. Be careful not to add an excessive amount of water. The cleaner won’t be as effective if it’s too thin.