Textured Tub Cleaning
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Textured Tub Cleaning (by Deanna [TX]) Nov 2, 2011 8:47 AM
       Textured Tub Cleaning (by Ray [OH]) Nov 2, 2011 9:04 AM
       Textured Tub Cleaning (by Deanna [TX]) Nov 2, 2011 9:20 AM
       Textured Tub Cleaning (by kay [AL]) Nov 2, 2011 9:34 AM
       Textured Tub Cleaning (by Oliver [IL]) Nov 2, 2011 11:25 AM
       Textured Tub Cleaning (by Julie [KS]) Nov 2, 2011 12:38 PM
       Textured Tub Cleaning (by RR78 [VA]) Nov 2, 2011 5:18 PM
       Textured Tub Cleaning (by ctlandlord [CT]) Nov 2, 2011 5:26 PM
       Textured Tub Cleaning (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Nov 2, 2011 8:07 PM
       Textured Tub Cleaning (by Gwen [MO]) Nov 3, 2011 2:48 PM

Textured Tub Cleaning (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 8:47 AM

Trying to get a plastic tub clean that has not only a textured bottom, but also textured walls.

I've tried vinegar, baking soda, and a toothbrush in the past. No luck. I've tried Comet, or Kaboom Color-Changing cleaner, and a green scouring pad, but no luck. Before I went off and bought fifty other cleaning products to try, I thought I'd check and see what others have had success with...

I've heard conflicting things about using the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? It's good at getting stains out, but tubs tend to get dirty faster after you use it?

I've heard that something like LimeAway is good, because a lot of what you see are actually lime deposits, rather than dirt? But how do you get it to soak into the walls instead of just running down them before it has a chance to be effective?

I've heard recommendations for BarKeeper's Friend, cheap shampoo, powdered dishsoap, and Scrubbing Bubbles?

Or do I need to experiment with a different brush, since my toothbrush and my green scrubby pad didn't work?

Any advice is appreciated. TIA! --96.46.xxx.xx

Textured Tub Cleaning (by Ray [OH]) Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 9:04 AM

A plastic tub? I don't have any tubs that are plastic and can't say that I've seen one. I've seen plastic tub surrounds. Well anyway I use oven cleaner when other products can't get it done. Though try it on a small and inconspicuous (sp) area. I don't think it will eat through the plastic. Good luck. --65.214.xx.xx

Textured Tub Cleaning (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 9:20 AM

It came with the house, so we didn't install or buy it-- all I know is it's not the porcelain-on-steel that I'm used to and know how to clean. :o)

It's some sort of tub/tub surround, where both parts have the same materials and same texture. Maybe it's fiberglass? Maybe it's acrylic? Maybe it's plastic? I just see it and think "plastic" and "man, those bumps are impossible to clean between". :oP --96.46.xxx.xx

Textured Tub Cleaning (by kay [AL]) Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 9:34 AM

We have a few tubs with this finish and Magic Eraser seems to do the trick. It up to the tenant to keep it clean. --68.190.x.xx

Textured Tub Cleaning (by Oliver [IL]) Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 11:25 AM

I've had success using comet and a scrub brush (one of those big floor-scrubbing brushes w/ plastic bristles) in a circular motion. A two-part clean using a soap-scum dissolving cleanser first may help. --173.161.xxx.xxx

Textured Tub Cleaning (by Julie [KS]) Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 12:38 PM

I used to have an old school cleaning lady that could work wonders with oven cleaner on hard to clean tubs.

I have the same fiberglass tub/surround set-up. Last tenants of 2 years left it gray. Took at least 2 hours and a whole bevy of cleaning products to make it white again. Clorox Clean Up seemed to work well for me. I was on the verge of breaking out the oven cleaner to try. Hopefully the new tenants will be more mindful. --63.163.xx.xxx

Textured Tub Cleaning (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 5:18 PM

I have had best luck with lime away. Put in spray bottle or sponge on. Depending how bad it is. Put on a coat every 30 minutes and let it sit while you are working on something else. Maybe 2 or 3 coats. Then use scrub pad. --76.104.xxx.xxx

Textured Tub Cleaning (by ctlandlord [CT]) Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 5:26 PM

car fiberglass cleaner. works wonders --99.20.xx.xxx

Textured Tub Cleaning (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Nov 2, 2011 8:07 PM

LimeAway GEL. Squirt on an smear it around. Let sit a spell to so it's thang. Pros call that DWELL time. Lightly scrub to knock loose what you can, rinse, repeat...

In our hard water state, the calcium builds up along with the soap scum. Your texture is helping the calcium.

Scum cutters won't touch the white calcium.

It you are super brave and super careful - with a fan, ventilation, gloves, and eye goggles: watered down muriatic acid (like a glug in a gallon - DO NOT stand above it while you pour and NEVER breathe the fumes!!!!!!)

Rinse and then wash with Borax or TSP. --50.129.xxx.xxx

Textured Tub Cleaning (by Gwen [MO]) Posted on: Nov 3, 2011 2:48 PM

Brad 20K is right about the gel Lime Away. We have terrible hard water. I let this type of stuff sit while I do other things. Go back after a while and rinse...sometimes apply a few more times letting each coat sit. Eventually, without a lot of work from me, it comes clean. --170.29.xx.x

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