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Bathtub Maintenance Bathtub Refinishing

People ask us all the time about cleaning a refinished bathtub versus a non-refinished tub. Many are surprised to hear that there is a difference in care between the two and for understandable reasons. For one thing, both tubs (refinished / reglazed vs an original tub) look the same and when it looks like a tub and feels like a tub, it probably is a tub and therefore would get the same care. The second reason is that most people don’t know what bathtub reglazing actually is and it’s implications. This second item is very important. You see when you go into a store to buy a manufactured tub, i.e a non-reglazed tub, that tub has been painted in one of two ways. 1) It’s been dipped into a large vat of paint or 2) it’s been sprayed (just like what we do in reglazing). However, it’s what happens after it’s painted that is the big difference. A manufacturer will bake the oven at very heat so the glaze forms a strong enamel. This is what is known as porcelain. It is very strong, quite resilient to pressure, scratching, heat and even chemicals. Therefore, strong cleansers like bleach can be used to clean them with no worries of the tub being negatively affected by it. A refinished tub is different in that it spray painted and baked (cured) under room temperature and this is the key….   scummy-tub-ring

With a refinished tub, the paint is applied and the curing happens under room temperature and it doesn’t form into porcelain. It forms a hard enamel, but not the same, not as thick and not as resilient as if it would if it was baked under high heat. The tubs look the same, feel similar, but the refinished tub has an enamel that is actually porous and therefore it requires a little more pampering. Bleach will go through the top coat layers of paint and will oxidize the primer coats causing it to turn yellow.

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Cleaning your bathtub at least once a week should be habit just like cleaning the rest of your home once a week, but for some odd reason, many think that there is no reason to even clean the bathtub as the soap or shampoo used to clean themselves will clean the tub at the same time. Even if they see their tub with “ring around the collar” yellow-staining, they are willing to stand in it and shower, or worse, bathe in it. cleaning_tub

Lets try to connect the dots or ideas to see how gross bathing or showering in a dirty tub is. 1) When we shower or bathe, our natural skin cells, oils, soap/shampoo and any dirt on our bodies come off and go down the drain or come to rest on the bathtub. 2) Every time we repeat step 1 without cleaning the tub, the soap residues, oils, dirt, skin cells etc. build up on the tub. 3) The build up thickens even after just 2 uses leaving a yellowish-brownish film. (The more darker yellow or brown the film is means that it has a high skin cell and oil content. The more lighter the shade of the film is, means there is a higher detergent (shampoo or soap) content.) 4) The build-up continues and starts to permanently embed into the enamel of the tub. This may take weeks but it is a clear sign that something must be done or else. 5) After weeks of cleaning the tub, the skin oils, other bodily secretions, grease, dirt… start to eat away at the enamel of the tub. 6) Bacteria levels are very high. The tub may feel very sticky even when wet. At this stage,some people would prefer to keep it the way it is due to its “natural” anti-slip property.

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Here are some maintenance tips:

Wash your tub at least once a week with a soft cotton face cloth or micro-fibre cloth. Never use sponges, scotch-brite pads, SOS pads or scrubbing brushes on a reglazed surface. Get rid of mildew as soon as it forms by washing it off with warm to hot water, soap and a little elbow grease. Make sure to air out your bathroom after using the tub to prevent humidity stagnation – the #1 cause of mildew. Don’t dye your hair or your socks in the tub, unless you want your tub to turn that colour. If you have a lip on your tub’s apron/skirt, dry it after each use to prevent rust from forming.  Make sure your drain is clear of hair, nails (finger/toe or even the metal kind) so that the water drains properly.

Dr Tubs Reglazing encourages everyone to enjoy their bathtub and their bath time.

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