Dos and Dont’s of Maintaining an Acrylic Bathtub

April 1, 2021

Although acrylic bathtubs are incredibly resilient, it doesn’t mean you can neglect them. Acrylic, like other materials, requires upkeep to preserve its appearance. Your acrylic bathtubs can develop stains and incur damage from frequent use. When that happens, here’s what you should and should not do to preserve your bathtub‘s integrity and extend its lifespan.

Learning how to maintain acrylic bathtubs


Choose the Right Cleaner

Although there isn’t a special acrylic bathtub cleaner that you must use to preserve the life of your tub, there are cleaners that are better for acrylic tubs. You can check the care section of the product’s manual to see which products are safe for your tub. Green cleaning products and multipurpose cleaners are usually safe to use. You can also use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean stains from your acrylic tub.

Apply Wax

To keep your acrylic tub looking shiny and clean, it’s recommended to apply automotive wax a few times a year. To do this, apply a thin layer of wax to the bathtub with a clean cloth. Then, work in the wax until the entire tub is covered. Afterward, buff the excess wax with a clean cloth in circular motions or use a buffing accessory on a rotary tool. The finished result will be a bathtub with a just-off-the-showroom-floor gleam and increased water resistance.

Rinse and Dry After Each Use

After you’ve enjoyed a soak in the tub, always be sure to rinse it out. This step will help prevent unwanted grime and sediment from settling in your tub. This is also true after cleaning it. Once you’ve cleaned your acrylic tub, give it a good rinse to ensure that all unwanted detergents and cleaning chemicals are washed away. 


Use Abrasive Cleaners

Abrasive cleaners can scratch and dull the surface of your acrylic bathtub. You should test a cleaner before using it on your tub. Pour out a little bit and feel it with your fingers. If the cleaner feels gritty, don’t use it. The only exception is the occasional stubborn stain removal. Even then, be sure to use a mildly abrasive cleaner.

Use Harsh Tools

Never use harsh cleaning cloths, metal scrapers, razor blades, or other sharp tools on your bathtub. These can scratch the acrylic and compromise its appearance. 

Use Harsh Chemicals

Again, harsh chemicals can negatively affect your tub’s appearance. Avoid using acidic cleaners, petroleum-based products, nail polish removers, pine oil, wintergreen oil, and other harmful chemicals. 

Does Your Bathtub Need a Makeover?

If your current tub has seen better days, the professionals at Bath Doctor are here to help. As a Maryland bathtub installer, we can install new acrylic bathtubs that are beautiful and will last for years. Contact us today to learn more. 

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