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How to Clean and Maintain Your Walk-in Tub

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Cleaning a walk-in tub is a little different from cleaning a traditional bathtub. It’s a necessary and stress-free process, with only a few easy steps, to keep it clean and safe to use.

Walk-in tubs are easy to maintain, but even the best one needs proper care and cleaning, depending on the material and the frequency and nature of usage.

You will only need a bathroom cleaner (nonabrasive), glass cleaning fluid, and a soft cloth.

You should consider using some products for your cleaning routine, like Clorox disinfecting, Fantastik Antibacterial, Green Works All-Purpose, and the Super Iron Out Rust Stain Remover for rust removal.

Some products should be avoided when cleaning your walk-in tub, as they can erode the surfaces over time.

Walk-in tubs are no exception to being home to bacteria and harmful microorganisms.

Despite the material your walk-in tub is coated with, you should clean it once every two weeks with a light disinfectant to remove visible stains and bacteria. All it takes is a gentle swipe with a soft cloth.

Before you start, ensure every surface is clear for cleaning (remove bottles, toiletries, etc.). Then, follow the cleaner instructions and clean the surfaces with a soft cloth from top to bottom. To finish, rinse everything with warm water.

Remember to clean the faucet, the showerhead, and the grab bars; they are just as important, and it’s easy. Apply the glass cleaner, rinse, and dry with a soft cloth.

If you chose the LuxStone wall, you don’t need to worry about grout; apply the cleaner, follow the instructions, and don’t let it soak. Then, rinse the cleaning fluid and dry the wall with a soft cloth.

Keep in mind that the hardness and temperature of the water can vary, affecting the cleaning material, so it’s hard to guarantee that the same formulas work equally for everyone.

Hard water leaves deposits and stains compared to soft water, so you need to determine the types of stains to know what formula or cleaner to clean with effect.

Remember also to clean and maintain the surroundings of the walk-in tub and keep up a regular cleaning schedule to keep it always clean and safe.

Another tip is to leave your bathroom window open for at least an hour daily to prevent moisture from entering the room.

For example, Safe Step Tub says to give the walk-in tub once a month of deep cleaning and overall maintenance—just fill it with warm water and mix some dishwashing fluid. Leave it for 15 minutes, drain, repeat with only warm water, and wipe it with a soft cloth.

Kohler has products to clean the walk-in tub. They recommend using the KOHLER Tub & Shower Cleaner every month.

Cleaning your walk-in tub properly is not as complicated as it seems. If you keep up with the routine and the proper procedures, your tub will last longer and serve you as it should.

Follow these tips and steps to maintain the walk-in tub in perfect condition for many years. Check out your article about Medicare Walk-in Tubs to see if you can get one.