How To Clean A Bathtub Easily

This article details the process of cleaning the bathtub while saving yourself time and energy; this is a blow-by-blow account for the busy homebuddy.

How do you clean the bathtub while avoiding a lot of pitfalls along the way? First, you've got to make sure that you have the right tools. You love those hands and you certainly want to keep them in good condition for years to come. So buy yourself a good pair of gloves. Those yellow ones made in Thailand are fine. But when used vigorously they only last for a number of weeks without beginning to acquire those creepy holes.

I therefore recommend a black, heavy duty pair of gloves. They not only save you some dough in the long run. They really know how to take care of your hands. And besides, you won't really need a good fit for the job at hand. Gloves for the purpose of cleaning the bathtub are simply meant to shield your hands from harmful contact with chemicals, which takes us to the next tool we are going to use: a good plastic brush with a handle.

Never use a plastic brush whose handle is where the brush bristles are attached. It can be pretty nasty. It's not ergonomic. You know that when your fingers and your wrists start to hurt, and that is because your hands are double-timing.

On the other hand, a scrubbing brush with a protruding handle helps you brush more easily. And mind you, when brushing, don't apply pressure too much. There's no need. Let the brushing detergent work its magic.

But before you go ahead and scrub there's still a few things you need to do to make the job easier. Open the bathroom window. The detergent can be harmful to your lungs, so you pretty much need more fresh air coming in. Of course, if there's a working exhaust fan in the bathroom you will not need to do this. That is, unless it's really getting hot around there and a whiff of cool air will help you work with more comfort.

Next, pick up all those ablutions hanging around the bathtub edges and put them somewhere temporarily. May I suggest the sink board which will be a great temporary "holding pen." By ablutions I mean those shampoo bottles, ash trays, soap dishes, etc. Work will be easier and faster if these things are out of the way.

Now it's time to stuff the tub stopper in the drain. I like working with a plastic one shaped like a hat. Since it's more secure, it doesn't detach easily. The idea is to make sure any dirt that comes off your cleaning doesn't result in another problem such as a clogged drain.

Before you start scrubbing away at the tub's grimy sections, make sure you wet the bathtub a little bit by using the shower. If you have a removable or hose shower you can finish the task much faster.

Instead of using the shower, some home buddies prefer to use a plastic pail and a scoop for washout purposes. But I stay out of that. That's extra effort you don't need. Using the hose shower to do the tub washout is the better way to go. As you do that, make sure to do some light brushing to wash out the detergent completely.

From experience it is always better to compartmentalize the various steps involved in cleaning the tub. So after you wet the bathtub the first time, start scrubbing immediately at the different areas of the tub-with the detergent. That done, it's time to take a break. Leave the bathroom for about 10 to 15 minutes--watch TV or take some coffee or make a phone call.

And while you're doing all that, the detergent is working its magic. I'd grown accustomed to using the ubiquitous Ajax cleanser, but you can pretty much use whatever detergent you have faith in. I try Windex sometimes and it cleans easily without having to wait for a while. But you know the drawback? To me, the tub does not seem to have that lovely shine on it without using Ajax. I have also observed that tub's clean state does not last very long when you use a non-cleanser for the job. That means you will have to do it again by the middle of the week especially if you happen to have a busy bathroom.

And now let us go for the finishing touches. Scrub gently as you shower the different sides of the tub. Pluck out the tub stopper and throw the lint or whatever in the trash can. Return your bathroom ablutions on the right spots. All that done, enjoy your tub for about two or three weeks before you ever need to clean it again.

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