How to Extend the Life of a Walk in Bathtub
The habit one practices when Cleaning and caring for the walk in bathtub determines how long the tub maintains its structure and good finish. A simple cleaning routine by seniors can extend the durability and maintain the safety of a walk in tub. Often time’s manufactures give their recommendations on how to clean the bathtub without damaging the finish of the tub.
Factors determining how you clean your tub
There are two major materials used in making of walk in bathtubs; these are the acrylic or fiberglass. The material is a determinant on how you clean the tub. Fiberglass which has polyester resin sprayed to hold the glass particles. Because the fiberglass is brittles and porous it can become dull and discolor fast. Due to this nature it is advisable to use Cleaning Agents that are not too harsh because they can easily remove the gel coating rendering the tub a dull look. This does not mean that one should not clean on a daily basis because of the fear of the tub discoloring. Cleaning the fiberglass tub daily is recommended to avoid staining and discoloring by soap and/or water.
Acrylic tubs are made of a heated mold which is vacuum formed to have a waterproof membrane. Due its non-porous nature it is easy to clean. The tub should be cleaned daily especially because if any soap sediments are on the tub they can lead to slips and serious falls. Just like the fiberglass, non-abrasive cleaning agents should be used to protect the finish of the tub. When abrasive cleaning agents are used on acrylic tubs it can cause scratches and cause some parts of the tub to rust. This destroys the quality of the tub.
The tub is meant for showering it is in contact with water all the time, even when you are cleaning it you use water. The type of water you use at home is a determinant of the durability of your tub. There two types of water; the hard water and soft water and they have different minerals which cause different stains and deposits on bathtubs. Knowing the type of water you are using is important when choosing a cleaning agent according to the deposits and stains that are caused by the water. Ask for help from the sales person and read the label of the cleaning agent and be sure nothing will ruin the finish and color of the tub.
The walk in tubs experience the wear and tear which is normal and some manufacturers offer warranties on this. The warranties are different depending on the different manufactures some offer 1 year, 5 years or 10 years warranty on walk in tubs and the components.
Note: Bath soaps/ shower gels/ cleaning agents also deposit sediments on tubs which can be dangerous for seniors especially if the deposits are not cleaned well and thoroughly. If the shower gel/ soap or cleaning agents are too slippery especially when the tub is wet consider using another product to avoid slips and falls which can be fatal.