The view of the snow-white bath is magnificent - the room shines with purity and freshness! But over time, achieving this effect becomes difficult: traces of life and poor quality tap water spoil the picture. How to achieve crystal clean plumbing without harming its coating? How to wash a bath at home?
Rules for cleaning bathtubs from different materials
The type of bath covering determines the choice of cleaning method and means for its implementation.. Complexities are inevitable: some samples of household chemicals are too soft to cope with serious contaminants like rust. Others, on the contrary, are capable of “eating” enamel along with dirt. The situation with the brush is similar: it can hopelessly damage the acrylic surface.
Important! A metal brush is not suitable for any bath.
The good old cast-iron bath is able to serve for a long time, but has the property of being covered with microcracks, where dirt easily penetrates. But she is not capricious in relation to cleaning products - for her cleaning is suitable and washing powder: rub with a brush, forget for twenty minutes, rub with a circular motion brush or sponge, rinse under warm water.
Proven tools, such as soda: Mix baking soda and soda ash evenly, apply the mixture on a damp surface, leave for half an hour. Apply on top a mixture of bleach for linen and table vinegar, soak for another half an hour, then rinse everything thoroughly.
Important! Do not forget the rubber gloves when doing homework! Can cause a burn and ordinary soda.
Effective and a mixture of a tablespoon of soda and a teaspoon ammonia - apply for half an hour on the surface of the bath, then rinse.
With a touch effectively fight a mixture of soda with bleach: After forty minutes of treatment, all contamination will be washed off without further purification.
The hardest thing with acrylic bathtubs is they do not tolerate either abrasives, brushes or aggressive chemistry: once having broken one of the taboos, you can ruin the just installed kit (it will not work to remove cracks). There would be no point in contacting acrylic if it didn’t have valuable properties: on the acrylic surface almost no accumulation of plaque, and yellowness is easily removed with “soft” gels (dishwashing detergent is suitable). From the "home" means suitable lemon juice (2 cups for one cleaning), citric acid (solution from 1 bag), vinegar, soapy water.
Important! A bowl made of cast acrylic sheets is more practical than an acrylic bath, but its price is an order of magnitude higher.
A steel bath is not as "tender" as an acrylic one, but does not like contact with abrasives. For its cleaning, liquid gels and solutions are ideal (light impurities are removed with a dishwashing detergent). Sponge, rinse after 10 minutes. Alternatively, the same good soda and ammonia.
Important! High temperatures - not for this coating! If the selected gel has the property of heating up by contact with water, replace it with a more gentle one.
The most frequent and easy-care bath option is enameled. For cleaning suitable universal tools, which at the same time will be useful for the stove and kitchen sink (preferably still liquid). In addition to soda, you can use citric acid, and to liquid ammonia we add chips of laundry soap - the mixture will easily remove the pollution.
Important! The only way to keep the enamel whiteness is to clean it regularly.
How not to damage the enamel when cleaning?
Enamel coating can withstand much, but not an abrasive brush - together with the dirt will come down gloss and smoothness: small cracks will make the surface rough and dull. Caution also requires the use of oxalic acid, beloved by many grandmothers, which "will eat away everything." Of course, everything - including the upper layers of enamel.
What means can be used, which ones cannot?
Shelves of household chemical goods are bursting with an abundance of cutting-edge products, and advertising vied with each other to offer "magic" gels, powders and sprays, promising not only to clean the plumbing surfaces, but also to protect them from germs and new contaminants. What to choose?
- Time-tested "Pemolux" with soda in the composition is good for equally proven enameled baths. Suitable for seen types of surfaces covered with microcracks.
- "Cillit" will perfectly cope with regular cleaning, but it is impossible to remove serious contaminations like rusty and chalky smudges.
- The Domestos smelling of chlorine is good for all coatings except acrylic spraying. They can not clean metals.
- Effective "Cif" and "Comet" (preferably gel). Cope with lime and rust, including - on metal parts. They can also wash and tile and stove.
Transferred funds not suitable for acrylic bathtubs - requires a composition without acids, abrasives and aggressive substances. San Klin and Mr. Chister are designed for delicate surfaces.
Important! Choosing a gel or powder, read the composition: it must be "free" from oxalic and hydrochloric acid, aldehydes and alkalis, poorly tolerated and resistant enamel.
By the way! Toilet products should be used strictly according to their intended purpose - they are deadly for the bath.
The "home" methods listed above include mustard powder cleaning: add some water and wipe the surface with the resulting paste. To enhance the action, you can mix mustard with soda.
Reasonably lazy housewives will appreciate this method: having collected a full bath in the evening, pour it into it half a liter of vinegar or pour a couple of bags of citric acidand in the morning drain the water. It remains only to rinse the walls with a stream of shower.
How to get rid of pollution?
Sometimes the bathtub needs to be thoroughly cleaned, and other "difficult" spots require a particularly powerful "arsenal". Choosing a tool, we focus on three major factors:
- type of pollution;
- coating features;
- compliance with safety requirements.
Important! Plumbing hostess, like the heroine "Fedorina grief" will require special means. For these cases, formulations with acid - oxalic or hydrochloric are developed.
After washing, the walls of the bath are inevitably covered with bloom - the remnants of soap suds are deposited, mixed with skin scales. It is enough to walk along the surface with a sponge with hot water to remove the “side effect” of the hygiene procedure. Over time, they will spoil the color of the bath and the substances that make up the shampoos and shower gels - cleaning with special means is needed.
It is more difficult with limescale, especially if the water is hard because of the abundance of salts. Occasionally gels with acids that dissolve calcium compounds are shown.
Being a consequence of the presence of excess iron in water (or the "antiquity" of water pipes), rust is one of the most difficult pollutants. In addition to household chemicals, it is perfectly handled by mixtures of improvised means cooked in the kitchen: salt and heated vinegar, salt and turpentine (in equal parts), borax and vinegar — apply any mixture to stains, wipe with a rag. A solution of liquid ammonia applied for 15 minutes or squeezed lemon juice directly onto a stain will dissolve the rust.
The mold is removed with vinegar, but it is better to use solvents and antifungal agents. It copes well with her "Sun Wedge from mold."
Important! Mold in the house requires immediate general cleaning, possibly - repair: fungal spores provoke many diseases, including oncology.
From various spots
Sometimes the bath surface suffers from occasional missteps or the effects of repairs. For example, when giving first aid to a wounded person in a house, it is easy to stain a bath with iodine or green. Soda, hydrogen peroxide, alcohol or vinegar will help to cope with the annoying stain. The temptation to use a powder with an abrasive is great, but it is better to overcome it, and in the case of an acrylic bath and not think in this direction! Stain from potassium permanganate will discolor hydrogen peroxide or vinegar.
Advice! Try to wipe off the stain with ordinary toothpaste - most often it helps.
Contaminants from building materials (paint, sealant, glue) are cleaned only with solvents. But their contact with the enamel surface should be as short as possible: remove the stain, immediately wash off and special equipment!