How To Remove Soap Scum And Stains In A Bathtub

Bathtub Cleaning Tips

By Troy Cantini

Soap scum, shampoo's, body oils, and other contaminates can discolor and stain a bathtub over time.   The caulk around your bathtub also needs to be periodically replaced when it start to look black and moldy. Dead skin, and body oils can accumulate in the bathtub causing unhealthy bacteria to grow. The harmful mold and bacteria can create an unhealthy condition in the bathtub.

before and after cleaning a bathtub

Another thing that plaques bathtubs is hard water stains.  When hard water is combined with the soap scum and other contaminates a hard film can form on the bathtub that is difficult to remove. Hard water can also get under the damaged caulk and start to eat away and permanently damage the finish of a bathtub. It is important to regularly clean and re-caulk a bathtub before it starts to get permanently stained and damaged.

Cleaning a bathtub where the finish has been eaten away is much more difficult The baked on finish provides a protective later for the bathtub and cleaning this protective layer is much easier. Trying to clean a bathtub where the finish has been removed requires much more scrubbing and elbow grease. Additionally it may be impossible to remove stains on a bathtub where the finish has been removed and you may need to have a professional contractor refinish your bathtub for you.

When cleaning a bathtub it is best to use a professional grade soap scum and hard water stain remover.  MB-3 is a professional grade soap scum remover that is extremely effective on all types of soap scum and hard water deposits. The MB-3 will dissolve the soap scum and hard water deposits so that you will not have to use abrasive scrub pads or spend all day scrubbing your bathtub with little or no results.

MB-3 is a non acidic soap scum remover that is safe for all types of bathtubs including bathtubs that have been previously refinished.  You can also use the MB-3 to clean your bathtub surround tile walls. MB-3 is a non-acidic soap scum and hard water stain remover that is safe to use on all types of tile and stone surfaces.

cleaning bathtub with a scrub pad

After you allow the MB-3 to soak on the bathtub for 5-10 minutes then you can use a scrub pad to loosen up the soap scum, stains and contaminates.  You should not allow the MB-3 to dry on the surface of the bathtub. If the bathtub has previously been refinished then you will want to use softer scrub pads so that you do not scratch the surface of the bathtub.

clean looking bathtub

After cleaning the bathtub you may also need to recaulk the bathtub to make it look like new again.  Old, black, moldy caulk can ruin the look of an otherwise clean bathtub. It is always a good idea to clean your bathtub on a regular basis before soap scum and hard water deposits build up. It is much easier to clean a bathtub before these ugly stains build a thick layer that is more difficult to remove. Also the soap scum and hard water deposits can actually damage the finish of the bathtub if they are allowed to accumulate.

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