I recently saw a posting on Facebook about removing hard water stains on a tub by using a toothbrush and some toothpaste. Furthermore, it suggested other recipes, such as a mixture of borax and lemon juice or vinegar and water. It even mentioned turpentine!! I have never tried any of these to verify that they work, but I have had success with using CLR. I’ve also tried using liquid Vim with success. I would never try these on a refinished or reglazed surface for several reasons. A refinished tub dries under room temperature and not under extreme heat, the new enamel or glaze is porous. If strong chemicals or dyes are used on the tub, it leaches down to the primer coat level and oxidizes it. This in turn will cause the tub to turn yellow, the paint will become brittle and will eventually crack, chip or peel. A refinished surface needs to be treated a little different than one that isn’t refinished. Because it’s cured under room temperature, the bonds between the coats are strong but not permanent, therefore, using scrubbing brushes, scotch-brite pads and other abrasives will actually damage the glaze. Dr Tubs Reglazing suggests that you clean your refinished surface regularly (at least once a week) with a soft cotton face cloth, and a non-abrasive cleanser.
Dear Dr. Tubs,
About 3 months ago, my husband and I purchased our first home. We are moving in in a few weeks time. In the master bedroom en-suite there is a beautiful looking tub that we just found out was reglazed before we bought the house. Is there anything I need to know about taking care of a reglazed tub? I read recently that I can’t use certain products when cleaning it, is this true?
First Time Home Buyer
Congratulations to you and your husband for purchasing your first home. I am sure you are very excited! It’s great to hear that you have a “beautiful looking [reglazed] tub” in your en-suite bathroom.