(Closed) Bathtub cleaning problem did i ruin it?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 3
3709 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It may be calcium or lime build-up. Buy some CLR and follow the directions to see if that helps.

Post # 5
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Have you tried white vinegar?  I’ve never tried it myself but I heard that white vinegar is awesome for removing hard water… If you have an empty clean spray bottle (if not, pick one up at the grocery store, dollar store or Target) fill it with vinegar, spray the tub.. let it sit for a few minutes… spray it.. let it sit.. and then try scrubbing with an abrasive scrubby sponge (but not one that is so abrasive that it will scratch the finish).  I used to use that scrubbing bubbles cleaner but didn’t like it for some reason and stopped using it.. I can’t remember why i didn’t like it (it was a couple years ago). 

Post # 6
875 posts
Busy bee

It sounds like the hard water build-up has become noticeable!  What if you use vinegar to soak the tub…  (Put in the stopper and pour vinegar in the tub to cover the bottom.  Vinegar is probably cheaper than a commercial spray and just as effective!

Post # 7
2030 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Try Mr. Clean Magic Eraser! That thing works like black magic, I swear.

Post # 8
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I have used some baking soda and vinegar in my drain before. 

Post # 9
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It definitely sounds like hard water build up. We get it occasionally on the floor of our bathtub too.

Post # 10
3942 posts
Honey bee

I second the magic eraser recomendation! That thing really is magic.

Post # 12
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I am guessing you did not wreck it – there’s just something really bad not coming up yet.  Keep at it!  Try letting the cleaning solutions sit overnight or for a couple of hours before scrubbing. 

Post # 13
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

It might be too abrasive, but I love Barkeeper’s Friend.

My Mother-In-Law gave me the MegaFoamer but I must have done something wrong with it because it left a horrible residue on the shower door I tried it on. I also used it on the bathtub but it only seemed to clean in streaks despite all my rubbing.

Post # 14
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

one thing i have found that works the best in our bathroom is Comet Spray Gel  http://www.cometcleanser.com/mildewspray.htm it is kind of hard to find, we have had the best luck at walmart.  We had some mold in the bathroom that could not come off so we found this stuff, left it on the wall for a couple minutes, came back and all the mold was gone!!  we also have hard water and it worked great on that too. You can always do a little test spot to make sure it won’t ruin the tub.

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