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How to Clean an Enamel Bathtub

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Enamel bathtubs used to be only seen in older homes, but their vintage charm and the current demand for period features has meant that homeowners across the country are seeking them out. That should come as no surprise – they’re durable, luxurious, and a perfect fit for an upscale bathroom. However, they can also be susceptible to staining if you use bleaches or strong acids to clean them, so what’s the best way to keep yours looking its best?

Step One: Soak in White Vinegar

For a traditional tub, try using a traditional cleaning method. Start by finding some basic white vinegar, than saturate the tub with it. Just grab a sponge, pour the vinegar over it, and then apply directly to the tub’s surface, replenishing when you need to. This means that it won’t just run down the plug-hole; you need it to cover all the sides as well as the bottom.

After it’s been thoroughly covered, let the vinegar sit for around 5 to 10 minutes. Trying to remove stains too quickly will often prove ineffective.

Step Two: Sprinkle with Baking Soda

Anyone acquainted with eco-friendly bathroom cleaning methods will know that white vinegar and baking soda are a match made in heaven. If you don’t have any, just pick some up from your local supermarket, then sprinkle some across the tub and on the sponge.

You’ll then notice that the vinegar begins to slightly foam. Don’t panic, this action will help eat into and remove any mineral deposits, making it a breeze to remove them when it comes time to scrub.

Step Three: Scrub and Dry

Time for some good old-fashioned elbow grease. Use your sponge to give your tub a thorough cleaning, switching to a scrubbing brush if you encounter any more resilient stains. Next, rinse the tub with warm water, continuing to scrub as you do so. When the water runs clear, you’re done.

Finally, make sure you dry out the tub effectively to avoid streaking or spotting. This isn’t strictly necessary, but your tub will remain brighter and cleaner.

Your enamel bath should now be gleaming, and all it took was some vinegar, baking soda, and a little bit of scrubbing.

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