How to Safely Clean Antiques Tubs

What You'll Need
Powdered bleach
Clear dish detergent
Rubber gloves
Old clothing
Plastic sheets

You can find antique tubs in a myriad of materials from fiberglass and bronze to porcelain and even lead. Antique tubs are often very heavy and coated with a sealant. The sealer has a tendency to get dirty and stain the tub. Many conventional cleaners work on antique tub, but they also pose the risk of damaging the tub. The following article explains how to safely clean antique tubs with products that will not damage the tub or the finish.

Step 1 - Preparation and Safety

Cleaning antique tubs is messy endeavor. As you'll be using bleach, you should wear only clothes that you'll not mind ruining. Always wear rubber gloves and a face mask because, bleach is very toxic. If you are highly sensitive to bleach, wear eye protection as well. Protect your lungs by running the exhaust fan.

Remove all rugs and towels from the tub area. Protect the floor and other areas, such as the sink or toilet, with plastic sheets. Always wear rubber gloves and a face mask because, bleach is very toxic.

Step 2 - Clean the Interior

Plug the stopper and pour a cup of bleach into the tub before filling it with warm water. Allow the water to sit in the tub for about an hour. It will eat away the tough soap scum and discoloration. Drain the tub completely and wipe it down to remove residue.

Inspect the interior for areas that are still stained. Mix a small amount of water with the powdered bleach to create a paste. Apply the bleach paste to the stained areas and let it sit them for 10 minutes. Wipe the area with a damp sponge. Repeat as needed to remove the stains and discoloration.

Step 3 - Clean the Exterior

Always clean from top to bottom to avoid having dirty water stain what you already cleaned. Apply the powdered bleach to the lip of the tub with the sponge. Repeat step 2 on the exterior of the tub for stubborn stains. Thoroughly rinse the bleach. Fill the bucket with 2-gallons of water and 4-tablespoons of dish detergent. Wash the outside of the tub with this solution to remove any remaining residue.

Step 4 - Maintaining the Tub

Antique tubs need special care to keep them dazzling for years. Avoid using hair dye inside the tub a,s well as using shampoo and conditioner with. If you spill something on the tub, clean it up immediately before it has time to settle.