Question about bathtub cleaning...

maceyismeJune 21, 2007

So, these Mr. Clean sponges are amazing. They'll clean almost anything...Except what I need them for most. My bathtub has dark gray stains all around it (they were there when i moved in) and I tried those sponges two days in a row sitting on my knees scrubbing for three hours each day. and it's better but i can't get the rings all the way off and it's driving me nuts. I've read up on different ways to clean it, but all of them said "try this and such and such and if that doesn't work try those mr. clean sponges they're amazing" well...after all is said and done my bathtub still looks dirty and my knees are killing me. Any advice on how to fix this?! I'd greatly appreciate it.

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Years ago, I moved into a home with a yucky porcelain tub, much like you describe. I "fixed" it by cleaning it with powdered alum (found in the spice/herb area of the grocery store - used in pickling) on a damp sponge. You can also try powdered alum and lemon juice - mixed into a paste and buffed onto the tub surface. I'd read that hint for cleaning a porcelain tub somewhere.

If your tub is fiberglas, try soaking a cotton towel/paper towel in hot vinegar (or spritz hot vinegar on the towel) and laying it on the tub surface for 10-15 minutes. I read that hint someplace, as well.


    Bookmark   June 22, 2007 at 7:50AM
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Also keep in mind that if it's a really old iron tub, or the finish has been abused, that gray might be the cast iron showing through worn-thin enamel.

The tub in my house was over 50 years old when it finally dawned on me why the bottom never looked quite clean. Do some checking around for a reliable company, but I highly recommend the epoxy finish (re-finish?).

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 8:23AM
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My clawfoot cleaned up beautifully, except these two grayish spaces on the floor of it. My son pointed out that they were footprints. They are my DH's grandparents and uncles footprints. We think that's cool.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2007 at 10:17AM
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Use Barkeepers Friend. I have a 100 year old clawfoot and it was the only thing that will clean it without removeing more porceline.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2010 at 7:43AM
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we also had a castiron tub where the porcelin finish has worn in some places. To have it professionally re-done was so $$$ (& was told it didn't last forever either) so my son got some stuff from HomeDepot for refinishing the castiron tubs. He has to wear a mask & sand & use a very strong cleaner (& windows open & fans going!) & the brush on the new finish. The result was beautiful ... as long as it lasted!! Wasn't worth all the work & trouble! I'd guess my next alternative would be a made-to-order fiberglass tub/wall insert (which is also $$ but should last longer). To remove the cast iron tub would mean chopping it up or knocking down some walls & I really want to keep that heavy old tub! My other bath tub is steel & I can keep the ?porcelin finish clean by using Tub & Shower spray on the sides after wiping down the sides with the washcloth/tub water after use. Haven't seen any ring at all after a year & that is all I need to do to keep it clean! Before I had to physically get in the tub weekly to clean the sides of soap ring (we have hard water)... now that is 'history'!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2010 at 3:53PM
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