How to Take Care of a Bathtub

Close up of jetted bathtub with handles and bubbling waterBathtubs by nature are designed to be low maintenance. In fact, beyond the occasional wipe-down, many homeowners don’t do much at all to care for their bathtubs. However, with just a little time spent on maintenance, you can extend the life of your bathtub and put off having to shell out thousands of dollars for a new tub. In this article, you’ll learn what common issues to look out for and a few key things that you should get into the habit of doing to take better care of your bathtub and prevent those problems.

Bathtub Issues You Want to Avoid

If you don’t give your bathtub the attention it needs, it will start to give you issues that eventually need to be addressed. Common problems you might encounter with your bathtub include:

  • Plumbing issues – Clogged drains, leaking faucets, low water pressure—these can all be caused by a lack of maintenance. Unfortunately, these issues often require a helping hand from a professional plumber.
  • Stress cracks and hairline cracks – Cracks can be caused by impacts such as dropping a heavy shampoo bottle, or just normal wear and tear like stepping in and out of the tub and cleaning it with abrasive chemicals.
  • Scuffs, scratches, and chips – Surface blemishes like scuffs, scratches, and chips can also be caused by impacts and the use of harsh cleaning products and tools over time. Luckily, refinishing your bathtub can take care of these kinds of issues without requiring you to invest in a whole new tub.
  • Stains – If your tub has black, green, or yellow areas that won’t go away no matter how hard you scrub, it may be permanently stained. Stains can be caused by rust, hard water, strong cleaners, mold and mildew, and cosmetic products.

Damage in some shape or form is unavoidable, especially over the course of many years of use. However, there are many steps you can take to reduce or prevent these issues and get more out of your bathtub.

Caring for Your Tub

When it comes to caring for your tub, there are several small things that, if you can get in the habit of doing regularly, can make a huge difference. You should be sure to:

  • Use gentle cleaning solutions that won’t damage the surface.
  • Put away tools, bottles of shampoo, and body wash so they won’t fall into the tub.
  • Avoid pigmented products like hair dye or bath bombs that could stain your tub.
  • Ensure your bathroom is adequately ventilated to prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Regularly clean your tub to refresh its appearance and prevent build-up.
  • Give your tub a thorough rinse after every use.

When Your Bathtub Reaches the End of Its Useful Life

No matter how well you care for your bathtub, it will eventually be time to replace it. When your bathtub reaches the end of its useful life, turn to BathWraps for a flawless replacement tub. We design and manufacture innovative bathing products that last decades with minimal maintenance, making it easy for you to avoid common problems and enjoy your bathtub to the fullest for years to come. Reach out today to get in touch with your local BathWraps dealer and be inspired by the available options.