How To Clean An Enamel Bath In Simple Steps

What is better than a long, relaxing soak in the bath after an exhausting, tiring day at work? However, if your enamel bath is grubbier than you are, it will ruin the entire experience for you. Don’t know how to clean an enamel bath? Don’t worry – we got your back!

An enamel bathtub in a wonderful bathroom

Cleaning your bath doesn’t have to be a demanding, tiring chore. Get rid of the soap scum and hard water stains in simple steps so that you can wash away your worries in a clean, sparkling bath. Here’s how you can clean a dirty bathtub in easy DIY steps.

How to clean an enamel bath step-by-step

Whether you have a fiberglass tub, acrylic tub, or an enamel one, you have to clean it. Before trying to remove the tough, stubborn stains, you have to clean the bathtub thoroughly. Enamel is prone to scratches and dings so make sure that you don’t use harsh, abrasive cleaners

Would you clean a mirror or glass with steel wool? Of course not. Think of cleaning an enamel tub in the same way. Years of neglect or use can make yours look dingy and discoloured. Here’s how to clean an enamel tub in simple steps to keep it looking new.  

Basic cleaning routine

Let’s start with the basics, shall we?

Things you will need

  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • Clean cloth/Sponge
  • Hot water
  • Bucket
  • Spoon

Dish soap, plate, and dish sponge on a dark background

DIY steps

  1. Take a small bucket and pour almost 4 litres of hot water into it. 
  2. Add 2 tbsp. dish soap to the water. Stir vigorously until you create suds.
  3. Dip a clean cloth or sponge into the cleaning solution. Don’t use abrasive sponges since they will damage the enamel. 
  4. Scrub the sides and bottom of the tub with the sponge to loosen the soap deposits, grime, etc. Move the sponge in small, circular motions.
  5. Use clean water to rinse the tub. You can also turn on the shower to rinse the soap away. If you have a handheld shower, it will be even easier to rinse the tub.
  6. Take a clean cloth and dry the tub
  7. Voila! Your tub is clean!

Removing tough bath stains

Now, if you have to face bigger troubles, here’s what you can do:

Things you will need

  • Chlorine
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Lemon juice
  • Cream of tartar
  • Bowls
  • Soft cloths
  • Bucket

Method 1: Cleaning limescale & rust stains with vinegar

If there are tough rust stains on your bathtub, you will not be able to clean it with soap and water. 

  1. Take equal parts water and vinegar and mix them together. 
  2. Dip a sponge or clean cloth into the diluted vinegar.
  3. Rub it on the rust stains (particularly limescale) until the stains fade away.
  4. Rinse the clean area and dry it thoroughly.
  5. Make sure that you rub the diluted vinegar only on the stained areas and not the rest of the bathtub as this can damage the enamel.

A cleaning solution made of white vinegar

Method 2: Cleaning with baking soda

This is a very simple and straightforward method.

  1. Take 1 cup baking soda.
  2. Add warm water to it and make a paste.
  3. Spread this paste over the stains in your tub.
  4. Let the paste sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Scrub it gently with a wet sponge.
  6. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue.
  7. After you clean the tub, dab a light coat of lemon oil with a clean rag on the sides of your tub so that it would look sparkling clean.

Baking soda in a glass jar on a wooden surface

Method 3: Removing stains with chlorine 

If your stains are really tough, you can use chlorine. However, you have to ensure that the bleach doesn’t touch any other part of the tub as it can damage the material.

  1. Mix 120 ml (1/2 cup) chlorine bleach with 4 litres of water. 
  2. Take a soft sponge and dip it in the chlorine-water mixture. Instead of dipping the sponge in the mixture, you can use a spray bottle as well.
  3. Rub the sponge over the stain gently. Make sure that you are wearing gloves to protect your hands. 
  4. Let the solution sit on the stain for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Rinse the surface and dry the area with a clean cloth.

Method 4: Hydrogen peroxide & Cream of tartar

Tried cleaning the stains with vinegar and bleach, but they still won’t go away? Use hydrogen peroxide and cream of tartar for tough stains.

  1. Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 2 parts tartar. You will get a thick paste.
  2. Apply this paste over the stains.
  3. Leave the paste for 30 minutes.
  4. With a cloth, wipe away the paste.
  5. After rinsing the area thoroughly, you will see that the stains will be gone.
  6. Repeat, if necessary.

Method 5: Baking soda & Vinegar

You can also use baking soda with vinegar to remove hard stains. 

  1. Cover the stain with baking soda.
  2. Spray some vinegar onto the soda.
  3. The baking soda and vinegar will start to foam. Leave it for 10 minutes
  4. Scrub the surface with a soft cloth. The stains will be gone. If not, you can repeat it as many times as necessary.

a bottle of vinegar next to a jar of baking soda

Method 6: Lemon slices 

You can also clean the stains with lemon slices.

  1. Simply cut a fresh lemon in half.
  2. Rub it directly on the stains.
  3. Keep rubbing until the stains start to disappear.
  4. Rinse the bathtub and dry it.
  5. Some people dip the lemon in salt before scrubbing the stain, but it can damage the porcelain enamel.

Why is it important to keep your bath clean?

We all live busy, chaotic lives. After a long, tiring day at work, all we think about is taking a relaxing soak in the tub and invigorating ourselves. However, what we don’t think about is cleaning it the right way.

To prevent infections and illnesses, you have to clean your bathroom, particularly your tub. If you inhale the mould and dust that is present in your tub, it can lead to health issues such as asthma, breathing difficulties, etc. Bacteria, and other microorganisms can live on the surface of your tubs for weeks. If you clean it with vinegar, soap, etc. it will kill those harmful pathogens. Check how to clean your bathroom from mould here.

Plus, if you have guests over, it will be really embarrassing if they go to use your toilet and see a dirty bath. If you don’t clean your space, it will start to stink. Therefore, for a bacteria-free, fresh-smelling bathroom, you have to follow the methods above to keep it at tip-top shape.

Smart tips to keep your bath clean

As compared to a fiberglass tub or an acrylic tub, it is easier to clean an enamel surface. Acrylic surfaces need regular care. However, you don’t have to deep clean a porcelain bathtub every day. With a few, simple bathroom cleaning tips you can keep it clean and free from discoloration.

1. Don’t use abrasive chemicals

Since enamel tubs aren’t scratchproof, we recommend that you don’t use a scrubbing brush or harsh, scouring powders to clean yours. Use a soft sponge or a cloth as you clean to keep the enamel safe. 

If you are using store-bought cleansers and stain erasers, do a patch test on a small area before you use it on the entire surface. 

2. Dry the tub

After you use your tub, dry it thoroughly. This will prevent mould and mildew growth, staining, and limescale, particularly if you have hard water. Simply wipe the tub with a clean cloth. 

3. Fix leaky faucets

If your faucet leaks, water will constantly drip and stain the enamel. It will also result in limescale buildup. We suggest that you fix your faucets yourself or call in a plumber to stop the leak.

4. Clean the drain

If your drain is clogged, you will have soap scum rings around the tub. If there are any hair or other debris caught in the drain, use a wire or your fingers to remove them. Put a mesh strainer over the drain to keep things from going down the drain and clogging it. You can check our guide on how to unblock your drain here.

Two babies having a bath in an enamel tub

Regularly cleaning your enamel bathtub will keep it looking beautiful. Wash the tub once a week using the steps we have discussed above. Make sure that you dry the tub after you use it. If there are any leaks, fix them to prevent staining. Don’t use abrasive cleaning products or tools to clean the bathtub. Enamel bathtubs are known for their shine and durability. However, it does take some extra care and elbow grease on your part to maintain them. You can use store-bought bathroom cleaners to clean your tub, but they can damage the surface. Follow the easy and safe steps that we have listed above to clean your tub like a pro!

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