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The Origins Of The Stain


The bath tub is one of the most often used appliances yet sometimes it is also one of the dirtiest. Unfortunately, depending on what type of material the tub is made of, the tub can be exposed to a number of different elements which can create a stain.

There are three types of material that a tub can be made from. One is porcelain which is one of the most durable materials to use for a bath tub. Another material is enamel which is common among the older houses. This particular material is very sensitive to drain clean and bleach. Brown rusted stains will appear if it is exposed to high amounts of acid. The last material is acrylic. This material is similar to plastic and can bend in some places. Stay away from any abrasive materials such as pumice stones because they may harm this plastic like material.

Easy Staining Removing Methods

If there is a stain on your porcelain bath tub, no problem! Use an anti-abrasive powder such as Comet or Ajax. all you have to do is pour some water on the powder and use a scouring pad to scrub. Let this paste sit in the tub for 15 to 30 minutes before adding water to rinse the paste.

Pesky Stain Removal

To clean enamel is just as simple. You can use any commercial cleaner that does not contain any bleach. You can even use soap to remove the stains. All you have to do is rub the cleaner or the shampoo onto the stain and scrub it without using a pumice stone. Rinse the shampoo or cleaner with water for a nice finished look.

To clean the stains off an acrylic tub is a little more tricky. First off, do this often to ensure no stains creeping up on you. By often, one week is the perfect amount of time. To scrub the stain, you can use dish washing liquid with a lot of hot water. Vinegar also works if you spray a vinegar bottle on the stain and let it sit for 30 to 45 minutes.

Finish this method by scrubbing the area and rinsing the tub with warm water. When you do the scrubbing, be sure to use soft sponges to avoid an abrasive texture on the tub!

Stains can come from anything whether it be dirt from a soccer game or a bleach stain. Luckily, the stains can be easily removed with the right techniques.

We can prevent water stains in your Lakeland home. Call Samco Plumbing at (863) 509-1718 for advice!