Imagine soaking in the bathtub at the end of a long day or a stressful week, and instead of relaxing, you notice smelly water pooling up around your legs and splashes of dirty water beading on your feet. Not only does this turn your relaxing time into a nightmare, it also makes you appreciate the importance of doing a good job at routine bathtub maintenance.
In this article, we’re going to look at five handy tips for ensuring that your tub is always in its best condition and in tip-top shape.
Why Bathtub Maintenance Is Important
A clean tub is the first step in ensuring that you’re in a healthy bathroom environment. If you live in areas with an abnormally high-pH soil, you’re going to have harder water – which means you’ll be subject to a lot more soap scum and residue.
Hard water also increases your chances of getting mineral deposits on your tub and plumbing fixtures that require a lot of maintenance.
Routine maintenance helps ensure that your tub is always clean and comfortable to use, and it helps prevent you from having to spend more than you need to on things like removers and cleaners (which may or may not be effective).
How to Maintain Your Bathtub
Repair Cracks Immediately
To ensure your tub stays leak-proof, you need to repair minor cracks immediately. These cracks can be caused by everyday wear and tear, or even by the installation process. It is best to use a water-resistant epoxy sealant that dries quickly. You can use a bit of masking tape to hold the crack in place before applying the adhesive.
Do Bathtub Waxing
Aside from protecting your tub from spills and splashes, waxing also adds a layer of protection against everyday wear and tear. It also improves the appearance of your tub by sealing its surface and making it shine.
If you have a metal or enamel tub, you will have to do regular waxing. Doing this will protect the surface and extend its life by several years. On the other hand, acrylic tubs should be cleaned and polished with a pH-neutral cleaner to prevent cracks from developing.
Replace Your Drain Plug
It’s easy to forget that your tub drain is just as important as the faucet because it is constantly absorbing water. Since water is corrosive, it can weaken the drain plug over time, which can lead to leaks. You should replace the drain plug in one to two years.
Use Caulk When Necessary
Acrylic tubs are prone to leaks, so you need to make sure that you use caulking and sealants to fill any cracks or gaps. This is an important tip because even the tiniest gap can lead to a leak, and once you find yourself in this situation, you’re going to need professional help to fix it.
Try Using Drain Catchers
Drain catchers are an all-around home improvement tool which can be used in a wide variety of ways. For example, they can be used in bathtubs to catch hair and other small objects that would otherwise clog your drains.
Drain catchers are also perfect for preventing large amounts of water from splashing onto the floor. These products are extremely easy to use and they can be used with the existing drain. All you need to do is to attach it to the bottom of the tub and you’re done.
When it comes to maintaining the quality of your bathtub, a little bit of effort goes a long way. These practical tips will help keep your tub in tip-top shape and allow you to enjoy it for many years to come.
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