We all love our bathtub but unfortunately, its luster won’t last for long. Over time, it will have ugly stains on it. It will get chipped off or incur scratches on its once smooth and shiny surface. That’s not a problem though. It’s quite easy to make it look pretty again and there are several ways to do so. Check out these suggestions and pick whatever’s appropriate.
1. If your tub has acquired rust that hasn’t penetrated its enamel surface yet or damaged its metal layer, you can remove the stains with baking soda and vinegar. It’s a natural cleaner that won’t harm your plumbing or your hands even. You may also use a mixture of lemon juice and salt. Simply apply it on the affected area and leave it for a day. Other people make use of a diluted ammonia solution which is done by mixing 4 cups of water and 2 tablespoons of ammonia. Here’s one tip though — never use bleach to remove rust. It’s not going to solve the problem and instead make it worse.
2. Now to get rid of ugly cracks, you can get a repair kit from your favorite supply shop and use it. Tub repair kits come with an epoxy resin that fills scratches and chips to level the area with the surface again. Simply follow the instructions on the kit. Combine the epoxy resin and apply it on the affected surface. Smoothen the area with sandpaper and apply a finishing glaze to match the spot’s color with the rest of the tub.
3. To cover scratches and chips that are not too deep, you can buy a touch-up glaze kit and apply it on the affected surfaces. Remember that the glaze is supposed to match the tub’s color. Thoroughly clean the area first with just soap and water then let it dry. Once it’s no longer wet, brush some glaze on it and let it dry for 24 hours. You can repeat the application if it’s still not enough. When the glaze is finally dry and it matches the color of your tub, sand the area again then buff it with a cloth.
4. There will come a point when your tub’s enamel surface will incur severe damages or get really worn out. If the damage is too big, covering a wide area of the bathtub, your best bet is to refinish the entire fixture. This is definitely cheaper than buying a new one. However, this option is not for DIY plumbers. You’ll need to ask professionals to do this for you because the task involves the use of toxic chemicals and special skills.
We hope that we have shared all the bath enamel repair options that you can choose from to make your tub look good again. Should you need professional assistance with your plumbing, just call a reliable Broward plumber. Douglas Orr Plumbing delivers exceptional plumbing services in Broward County including bathroom fixture remodeling, bathroom remodeling, plumbing repair, leak detection and many more! Call us at (305) 240-6731!
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