Modern Bathroom with Stunning TileModern Bathroom, San Diego
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What Houzz contributors are saying:
1. Cleanser ChoicesThere are a lot of cleansers on the market along with popular homemade solutions. A paste made by combining equal parts baking soda and water is fine for any type of tub and works especially well on soap scum. Beyond that, the tub’s finish makes a difference in what you use. You have more options for a porcelain finish, which is by far the toughest surface, including a vinegar-based solution. “We try to use as few nasty chemical products as possible,” says Lynn Blair-Broeker, one of the owners of What Needs Done, a chore service company in Cedar Falls, Iowa. “A mixture of warm vinegar and a bit of Dawn and a scrub pad does a pretty good job on tub soap scum. I also find microfiber rags and water work on a tub that is not too scummy.” If you opt for a commercial cleanser, your first step is to read the label carefully, according to Gary Uhl, brand education director at American Standard, as even some seemingly gentle lotion-like cleansers can be abrasive. For porcelain and enamel finishes, a cleanser that includes a mildly abrasive component is fine. Acrylic tubs scratch easily; you should only use something that is completely nonabrasive on them.