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Tips on How to Clean and Maintain a Clawfoot Tub

The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your house. It is imperative to ensure that it always clean to maintain a high level of hygiene. One of the accessories that you should keep clean is the tub. There are hundreds if not thousands of online sites that offer information on how to clean and maintain a Clawfoot tub. I have a great Clawfoot Bathtub guide as well 🙂

Today, let us look at some of the golden rules and steps that you should take to get maximum utility from this kind of a bathtub.

What you need

To protect yourself from coming in contact with the cleaning reagents, it is recommendable to wear an apron, gloves, and goggles to protect yourself eyes from getting into contact with the cleaning reagents that you will be using.

Then, remove all rugs that you might have placed around the tub, shampoos, soap dishes, washcloths, and any other personal accessories around the tub. To protect the floor, cover it with newspapers or plastic sheets.

Cleaning the Interior Section

It is recommended to start working on the interior sections of the tub to get the best results at the end of the cleaning process. First, fill the tub with warm water then and one cup of liquid bleach. Let the solution sit for between 30 minutes and one hour for it to get rid of the dirt and soap scum that accumulates on the walls of the tub over time.

Then, drain all the water and check if you can any visible stains that were not removed by the bleach solutions. If any, make a paste using water and bleaching powder on your hand and apply to the areas that need attention. Let this paste sit on the spots for fifteen minutes before wiping it off using a damp sponge. As mentioned in many posts that discuss how to clean and maintain a Clawfoot tub, you might have to repeat this process a couple of times, but this is dependent on the size and nature of the stains.

Clean the Exterior Section

Once you are sure that the interior sections are clean, start working on the outside or exterior sections. It is recommendable to start cleaning at the top and work down to avoid wastage of time and cleaning reagents. More importantly, if you start cleaning from the bottom, the mixture of bleaching solution and dirty water will flow into the tub once you get to the top sections especially the edges. To clean the lip of the tub, dip a wet sponge in a mixture of powdered bleach. While there, pay close attention to soap and shampoo spots. If you find stubborn stains, use the same method that you used to clean the inner part of the tub to remove them.

To clean the claws, use a toothbrush to get rid of debris that settles inside the crevices for ten minutes or more depending on the amount of debris. Finally, rinse the Clawfoot tub using one gallon of water and two tablespoons of the ordinary dish liquid. Use the above tips on how to clean and maintain a Clawfoot tub to keep your bathroom and entire house sparkling clean.

Author: Blake Lockwood, Interior Designer @ Decor Snob Bathroom Ideas

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