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How to Clean a Fiberglass Bathtub

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Fiberglass bathtubs require careful cleaning to avoid scratches.

Fiberglass bathtubs are easy to maintain, but you must be careful with them because they are vulnerable to scratches. When you clean a fiberglass bathtub, take the following tips into consideration.

Never use abrasive cleaners of any type on a fiberglass surface. Scouring powders, steel wool, or other abrasive scouring pads and scrapers must be avoided.

Depending upon the cleaning needed, try these cleaning options. Make sure to apply all cleaners gently with a non-abrasive applicator such as a sponge, cloth, or brush made of nylon, polyethylene, or polyester.

• Liquid dishwashing soap or liquid laundry detergent.

• All-purpose household cleaners, such as liquid 409 or similar liquid bathroom cleaner

• Mild to moderate alkali solutions such as mixtures of baking soda with warm water, or a diluted TSP (trisodium phosphate) substitute in warm water (make sure it’s fully dissolved)

• Spic & Span® cleaning solution dissolved in a solution of 1 tablespoon per gallon

Always rinse the cleaned surface thoroughly to make sure no cleaning residue remains.

For stubborn areas, such as bathtub rings, you can make a paste out of baking soda and a little water. Wet down the tub’s surface and gently rub the paste onto it with a sponge, soft nylon brush, or cloth.

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Don Vandervort has developed his expertise for more than 30 years, as Building Editor for Sunset Books, Senior Editor at Home Magazine, author of more than 30 home improvement books, and writer of countless magazine articles. He appeared for 3 seasons on HGTV’s “The Fix,” and served as MSN’s home expert for several years. Don founded HomeTips in 1996.

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