How to Clean Solid Surface Bathtubs
With recent trends in modern home design, there has been a resurgence in freestanding bathtubs, especially solid surface bathtubs. They really stand out and add to the perceived space of your bathroom. If you have a great looking solid surface bathtub, then you want to make sure that it continues to look good through the years. First and foremost in bathtub maintenance is making sure that the bathtub is kept clean. Although that is only the beginning, in this article we will discuss what is a solid surface bathtub and how to care for/clean it.
What is a Solid Surface Bathtub?
Most people would agree that a freestanding solid surface bathtub looks great. It enhances the look of the decor of your bathroom and helps to make your floors stand out.
Most traditional bathtubs and showers are made from acrylic polymers. In fact, several solid surface bathtubs are made from acrylic polymers as well. But that is where the similarities end. Traditional bathtubs and showers are made from layers of different building materials. The top upper layer is made from 3-4mm of Polymeric Methyl Methacrylate (PMMA), often referred to as acrylic glass. This is the layer that is visible. Underneath this top layer is reinforced fiberglass back bonded by polyester resin. The fiberglass back strengthens the tub/ shower. Some people call acrylic bathtubs fiberglass bathtubs because of the way it is constructed.
Solid surface bathtubs are made by a completely different process. Acrylic polymers can be used, however, in most cases, manufacturers will choose to use a resin that has more of a natural appearance. Unlike traditional tubs, a solid surface bathtub is not made from layers of materials. Instead, the resin is heated, melted, blended together, and then poured into a mold. The result is an extremely strong bathtub that is made from one solid piece of material.
If you want to keep your home looking its best, then you need to regularly maintain it. Just like the rest of your home, your bathroom is no different. Regular maintenance of your bathroom will ensure that the fixtures and floor will last for the long haul.
How to Clean your Solid Surface Bathtub
Cleaning your house is one of the best ways to keep up the maintenance on your home. Some people would argue that you need to clean your bathroom more than the rest of your house, especially if you have young children. Although, how do you properly clean your solid surface bathtub?
The first step is to make sure the floor around your bathtub stays dry. Simply wipe up any standing water after your bath or shower. On top of daily drying around the base of your tub, it is recommended that you clean the surface of your freestanding bathtub once a week. Only clean with a sponge or cloth. Don’t use coarse cloths or scouring pads as they can damage the finish of your solid surface bathtub. Some people choose to use old newspapers to clean their tubs.
It is recommended that you use a mild detergent and water for the cleaning. Don't use any cleaner that has an abrasive cleaning agent. Also, be careful of the chemicals in many commercial cleaners. The chemicals in the cleaners can make the surface of your bathtub lose its luster. In fact, if you want a natural option, you can even use vinegar for difficult to remove dirt or grime.
A Clean Tub is a Happy Tub
Freestanding solid surface bathtubs look great in almost any bathroom. They make the room look larger, enhance the shine of the floors, and help give your bathroom more of a modern look. However, if you want to keep your solid surface bathtub looking its best, then you need to make sure that it stays clean. Follow the cleaning advice above and your solid surface bathtub will look great for years.