How To Repair and Clean an Acrylic Bathtub

The beautiful glossy surface of an acrylic bathtub is one of its most attractive features. Acrylic bathtubs, constructed of a vacuum-molded sheet of acrylic plastic that is both lightweight and durable, are among the most popular bathtub styles available today.

Consumers especially like the fact that if they choose an acrylic bathtub in a particular color, that color will not fade over time.  People choose an acrylic bathtub because its smooth and glossy surface is low-maintenance for the most part. Most stains that appear on an acrylic bathtub can be easily and simply removed using a non-abrasive household cleaner, followed by a thorough rinsing with water.  Acrylic bathtub manufacturers do not recommend any specific chemicals needed to clean the tub's acrylic surface.  Since the tub's surface is non-porous, the majority of stains will wash away with soap and water.

There are, however, certain chemical substances such as acetone, used in nail polish remover, as well as paint thinner, which can damage the surface of an acrylic bathtub.  So make sure to keep these specific chemicals away from your tub's acrylic surface to prevent damage.  Also take care not to use any household cleaners on your acrylic bathtub surface that contain acetone or thinner compounds or any warranty you have on your acrylic bathtub will become null and void.

If you come across a stain that ordinary soap and water won't remove from the tub's acrylic surface, try using dish washing liquid with a degreasing ingredient or a stronger cleaning agent that contains ammonia.  Keep a spray bottle of liquid window washing cleaner handy to remove dirt and stains on a regular basis.

Certain substances can scratch or chip the surface of an acrylic bathtub, so it's important to know a few tricks to repair such scratches.  You'll need some specific repair tools to restore the tub's original shine.

If your acrylic bathtub looks scratched and dull, purchase a quality liquid metal polish designed for auto repair or a liquid auto body polish.  If the scratches are not very deep, use a soft cotton cloth and your polishing liquid and apply the polish with a buffing motion until the scratches disappear.

If the scratch damage is much deeper, invest in some very fine sandpaper from the hardware store. It's important that you wet this sandpaper prior to rubbing out the scratches using a circular motion prior to applying a polishing compound with a clean soft cotton cloth.  Dip this slightly dampened soft cloth into your polish and rub the polish into the area with the same kind of circular motion you used with the sandpaper. Now switch to a dry soft cotton cloth to remove the excess polish and repeat this action at least once or twice more until the surface of your acrylic tub shows a nice glossy finish once again.


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