07 May 5 Different Ways To Maintain A Refinished Tub
If you have or just refinished your tub, taking care of it and maintaining it is easy, however, there are several things you’ll need to keep in mind. Your refinished tub should provide you with years of service if you provide it with excellent maintenance and care. Here are 6 different ways to maintain your refinished tub.
1. Give it 24 Hours After Refinishing/Reglazing
If you’ve just reglazed or refinished your bathtub, stay out of your bathroom for a minimum of 24 hours. This allows the surface to dry. If you get the surface wet while the finish on your tub is still drying, it could allow dust particles to become trapped inside the finish and it could ruin your new finish. So, you’ll want to stay out of your bathroom as much as possible to help prevent unwanted dust particles from landing in the finish.
2. Only use Soft Cleaners
Only use soft cleaners like Fantastik or Formula 409. This is because most tub refinishing isn’t the dip glazing type where your bathtub is removed and brought to a shop and dipped. Your tub is actually left in place, unless you’ve paid thousand of dollars for this reglazing job. It’s actually:
- Sanded down
- Spot repaired and then masked off
- Paint gun sprayed or put on by brush and roller
2. Only Use a Damp cloth or Non-Abrasive Sponge
You should only use a damp cloth or non-abrasive sponge because abrasive cleaning pads can scratch or dull your refinished surface.
3. Avoid these Cleaning Methods
Some cleaning methods you should avoid are:
- Power washing: Power washing is much too powerful for painted surfaces. It’s possible to wash your shower tile or wash tub with a pressure washer if you’re doing it correctly, but it isn’t a good idea for refinished bathtubs since it can easily cause damage to the coating or peeling and would definitely void any warranty you have from a professional refinisher.
- Steam cleaning: While you may think a steam cleaner would eliminate the soap gunk and dirt without having to use abrasives, steam, unfortunately, doesn’t do the job effectively and could lead to damage of the finish if it gets through the cracks or underneath it. Because of this, it’s also not a good idea to clean your bathtub with a scrubbing attachment.
- Abrasives: These include gritty or harsh cleaners as well as sponges with a one-sided abrasive layer like Scotch-Brite pads. Most tub coating manufacturers and tub refinishers also warn against using any ammonia- or bleach-containing products.
5. Be Careful When Giving your Dog a Bath
It’s also not a good idea to give your dog a bath in a refinished bathtub, however, if you must, you’ll want to lay down a towel or rubber bath mat on the tub’s bottom. This will not only help your dog feel more safe and secure, but it will also keep them from digging into the surface of your refinished tub.
You’ll also want to place a towel over the rail of your tub so when they’re climbing out of the tub, they don’t dig into the rail of the tub with their toenails.