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How to Clean Acrylic Bathtubs
by Lawrence Cunningham

The bath is a basic necessity of the home and acrylic models are a modern and affordable option, but many people are confused about how to clean acrylic bathtubs. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cleaners and methods that can damage your tub, which has given the impression that tubs are hard to clean.

That couldn't be farther from the truth. As I hope to show, an acrylic tub can be exceptionally easy to maintain. Here are a few warnings and suggestions that anyone cleaning one of these tubs should keep in mind.

Do not use any abrasive products (including scouring pads) or highly acidic cleaning products, especially those that include acetone or ammonia. Any chemical that can attacks plastic surfaces will damage an acrylic tub. They erode the thin layer of formed acrylic that sits over the fiberglass structure and the surface will eventually crack.

Acetones aren't the only chemicals that can damage an acrylic tub. For instance, any product from an aerosol is also dangerous. It's always a good idea to find out what cleaning chemicals are safe to use on your tub by checking with the tub manufacturer or dealer. The use of a product specified as dangerous to your tub can compromise your warranty.

To safely clean your acrylic tub, it's possible to use something as simple as using a soft cloth or sponge with mild dish-washing soap and warm water. This cleaning solution is easy, effective, and commonly available. With a little elbow grease, the tub should get clean fairly quickly.

Of course, that recommendation assumes that the tub cleaning has been happening regularly. If it hasn't, then a stronger tub cleaner may be necessary. One of the products commonly recommended across the Internet is a GelGloss liquid cleaner and polish, which can restore a tub's good looks and well as keep it clean. Whichever product you choose, make sure it is a liquid cleaner, rather than an abrasive, aerosol dispensed, or acetone based product.

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