HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR REFINISHED TUB, TILE, COUNTERTOP OR TUB LINER.
By Paul Burns, Nationally Recognized Bath Refinishing Expert.
You should have many years of enjoyable use and trouble-free maintenance as long as you care for it properly and use recommended products to clean and maintain the surface.
These are general guidelines and common sense tips for caring for your refinished tub, tile or countertop.
With the TubPotion Coating System: You should allow at least 24 hours before using your refinished surface (at room temperature) until it should be used normally again.
For countertops and ceramic floor tile coated and cured with our Ultra Violet cured coatings may be put back into service immediately.
Treat your refinished surface as you would the hood of a new car. Never use abrasive cleaners or abrasive pads. The refinished surface is non-porous; a mild, non-abrasive soap combined with a soft cloth and water will clean your refinished surface.
The best practice is to care for and maintain your refinished fixture is to wipe it down with a towel after each use. Regular cleaning is important to prevent soap scum build-up that will be hard to remove once it hardens and mars the beauty of the finish.
For normal once-a-week cleaning, you should use a mild soap and water with a soft washcloth.
Should you wish to use a product not listed below, always test on a small area in a corner before applying it to the entire surface.
Always review individual cleaners’ instructions, and always rinse thoroughly after cleaning.
Plastic cleaning pads and or brushes designed for use on Teflon surfaces generally are fine to use. Do not allow any cleaners to remain on the surface for an extended period of time before thoroughly rinsing off.
Soaps are generally Alkaline in nature, meaning they have a higher PH than 7.2 which is considered neutral. High PH Alkaline or low PH Acidic cleaners can mar or damage most surfaces. Especially if left down for extended periods.
Because the surface is still curing after we leave, normal use and regular cleaning will remove all minor surface dust marks.
Once you put the shower curtain back up and start using the tub, you’ll no longer notice this.
We do offer wet sanding and buffing service in our ELITE PACKAGE if this is a problem for you.
Cleaning Products: Recommended cleaning products for How To Care For A Refinished Tub, Tile, Countertop.
Dawn dish-washing soap, diluted in water, is my recommended cleaner as it is gentle but cuts through body oil or bath oil easily.
Other cleaners that are fine to use: Formula 409, Dow, Scrub Free, Fantastic, Windex, Mr. Clean, and dish-washing soaps such as Joy, and Ivory.
Use automotive rubbing compound, which has a fine grit in it, and then to really bring back the shine use an automotive polishing compound to finish up.
This YouTube video is a good demo removing a mark on a car and can be used on your tub, tile, or countertop.
Any of the brands should work fine. These can be found at any auto parts stores or Walmart.
How to remove stubborn stains and scratches from a refinished tub tile or countertop. How To Care For A Refinished Tub, Tile, Countertop
How to remove stubborn stain – scratch or bring back the shine to your refinished tub, tile or countertop.
Do not use Comet or Ajax, steel wool, wire brushes, harsh abrasives, bleach, ammonia or cleaners containing ammonia, or scratch pads. The use of these chemicals would cause a dull surface.
Drain Cleaners: Liquid drain cleaners are recommended over powders and/or crystal.
However, when using liquid drain cleaning agents bail the standing water out of the bathtub completely and remove the tub drain plug if present.
Using a sponge get as much water out of the tub’s drain as possible. If you’re up to it a small diameter clear vinyl tubing can be inserted into the drain and you can suck some of the water out. Avoid getting it in your mouth ;-)
Use a funnel to prevent spills and apply the chemicals directly down the drain, slowly, allowing them to work. Always make sure that chemicals do not come in contact with the new surface.
If it does wipe up immediately. Use drain cleaners sparingly so that they do not boil out and attack the new surface. Allow time for the chemicals to work.
Snaking out thru the overflow is the better option to remove hair build-up.
Got A Big Dog Or Even A Little One?
Washing your dog in a refinished tub, it’s a good idea to put down a rubber bathmat or towel on the bottom of the tub.
One so they will feel secure and safe. We don’t want them to dig into the refinished tub’s surface.
Also, place a towel over the tubs rail so when they climb out they won’t dig into the tubs rail with their toenails when getting out.
Should you accidentally get some scratches see the rubbing compound trick above.
Important Tips For Cleaning How To Care For A Refinished Tub, Tile, Countertop:
- It’s best to store shampoo, soap bars, etc. in a hanging shower caddy or shelf that works well, to store your cleaners. Alkaline products left sitting on the surface will attack the surface over time. Should you have a built-in soap dish use a raised soap holder.
- Avoid using heavy objects or tools near the surface without using protective padding in case of accidental dropping.
- Don’t let little Johnny or Susie use hard plastic toys in the bath as they can damage the surface from striking the surface, especially on the edges of the tub.
Always provide soft rubber toys if needed. If you do get a damaged area contact us immediately for a chip repair to prevent the damage from spreading. Sorry this is not warrantied under our guarantee.
- Have leaking faucets repaired ASAP as dripping water will cause erosion of the surface over time. Running water made the Grand Canyon after all.
- Our coatings with triple adhesion can withstand the use of a bathmat. The only CAVEAT is the mat MUST be removed after use. Just lay it over the tub’s rail to dry. Water trapped under the suction cups is in a vacuum and over time will penetrate the finish.
You’ll see round bubbles in the coating lifting and again is not warranted. To avoid this hassle let us install our anti-slip to your tub’s bottom. It’s free after all.
- Should you have a need to put a ladder in the tub to paint, put down padding and plywood under the legs of the ladder to spread out the weight? This is especially true for fiberglass plastic tubs as we have seen clients punch a hole in the tub’s bottom.
- For refinished countertops do not place extremely hot pans directly on the surface or cut directly on the surface with knives as either will damage the surface and not warrantied.
Refinishing your bathroom fixtures and countertops is an effective option to the high cost of remodeling, but does require some common sense care to extend the service life. The suggestions on this page are true for new fixtures as well.
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