How to Take Care of Your Newly Refinished Bathtub

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The bathtub is an essential part of every bathroom, as it is used on a daily basis for both sitting down and standing up to shower.  Regular use exposes the tub’s surface to moisture, which can lead to damage, discoloration, and even mildew growth if the tub is not regularly cleaned.  Services for bathtub refinishing or reglazing can restore the tub’s original finish when severe discoloration has occurred.  A new bathtub finish is applied once the old one is stripped off, giving you the option to either return the tub to its original color or give it a whole new look.

In order to protect the new finish on a refinished bathtub, regular cleaning and upkeep are required.  The reglazed finish on your bathtub will last longer if you follow these cleaning instructions.

It Is Important To Clean A Refinished Tub Right Away

Refinishing a bathtub is a fast and simple technique to give it a like-new appearance in as little as a day.  The new coating starts curing as soon as it’s applied, and it could take up to 90 days to fully cure.  To keep the tub’s finish in good shape while it cures, follow these guidelines for cleaning and maintaining it:

  • For at least 24 hours after your bathtub has been reglazed, you should avoid using it. If you let the surface get wet while the finish is curing, the dust particles will become caught in the finish and cause the surface to become jagged.  Keep the newly refinished bathtub dust-free by avoiding the bathroom.
  • Masking tape is used by professionals who come to your home to refinish your bathtub to safeguard the rest of your bathroom. Once they’re done, these experts will leave the tape in place for the client to remove.  This tape should not be removed for at least 24 hours after the initial 24-hour period has ended, and ideally within a week.  Care must be taken when removing the tape so that the fresh coating is not ruined.  Remove the tape carefully around the drain so as not to damage the drain shoe seal.  A technician can come back and take the tape off if you request it.
  • It’s important to keep the refinished tub clean with soap and water as it cures. This will restore the finish’s quality and wash away the dust that accumulated on it while it dried.

Do’s and Don’ts for Maintaining a Refinished Tub

After the initial 90-day curing time, follow these guidelines to keep your newly refinished tub looking great:

  • Important maintenance for a newly reglazed bathtub includes waxing the surface two weeks later. Start by wiping out the tub with a moist cloth to remove any soap residue, then follow up with a light coat of car wax.  Using a dry cotton cloth, carefully remove the wax without over-buffing.  Waxing your refurbished tub once every few months after the initial waxing is recommended.
  • Use a gentle liquid soap or body wash that is safe for the material and rinses clean easily to maintain its pristine condition.
  • Water erosion and damage can be avoided with regular faucet maintenance and caulking inspections.
  • Maintain healthy ventilation in the lavatory.
  • Do not leave wet sponges or washcloths sitting in the tub and always dry it off with a towel after use.
  • If your bathtub has any chips or cracks, get them fixed right away to prevent water from pooling under the tub and encourage the growth of mold and mildew.

Care for a Reglazed Tub Don’ts

  • Avoid getting any chemicals, including cosmetics, hair dye, and perfume, on your reglazed bathtub, and don’t clean it with anything acidic or abrasive. Instead, choose gentle liquid cleaners.
  • Scrubbing with an abrasive pad will just scrape the surface.
  • Bath mats made of rubber or with suction cups should not be used since they can react with hot water and damage the surface.
  • Do not leave anything on the new finish for longer than 24 hours, including shampoo bottles, soap, spray cans, or wet washcloths.
  • Do not use the newly refinished tub to wash your pet.

If your bathtub has seen better days, refinishing services can bring it back to life, but you’ll need to clean and maintain it regularly to keep it looking like new.

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