Once you’ve decided on cleansing, it’s time to head to the bathtub. Start with a blank slate by tidying everything up from corner to corner.
Then deal with dirt. Then apply your cleanser of choice. Spread the paste in a circular motion or spray the cleanser over the entire surface, starting at the rim of the tub and working along the sides until ending at the bottom.
The next step is easy. According to Meg Roberts, president of Molly Maid, most people make the mistake of applying a cleanser or stain remover and then cleaning it right away without giving them time. “We put too much oil in,” she says, before Molly Maid employees spray wet surfaces like bathtubs and sinks before moving on to cleaning the dry surfaces in the room. I noticed that It could be half an hour before they get back to cleaning the tub. You can follow that schedule, or follow Roberts’ suggestions and spend her next hour playing with her dog, taking a walk, or just relaxing.
After the detergent has had time to work, scrub the sides and bottom of the tub, starting at the top and working your way down. Choose a soft or microfiber cloth to minimize abrasion. Other options include soft-bristle scrub brushes and long-handled shower and tub scrubbers designed to reduce back strain.
For acrylic tubs, use a non-abrasive nylon cloth or scrubber. “Researchers have found that even paper towels can damage plastic finishes,” Wool says. An old toothbrush is useful for cleaning around drains and other tight surfaces.
The next step is to thoroughly rinse the tub by spraying it with a shower nozzle or rinsing it with a bucket of clean water. According to Wool, this practice is often overlooked, but essential. He says it’s fine to leave the cleanser on for him for an hour, but leaving it on for a week can permanently damage the tub’s finish. He also suggests cleaning the shower door to remove any excess spray from the detergent.
Finally, dry the tub thoroughly with a soft cloth (microfiber works very well) to make it shiny. Roberts says this step doesn’t take long and is key to a polished look.