A walk-in bathtub comes with several features that aid in safe bathing, comfort, and therapeutic care. Although they may provide tremendous benefits for both young families and seniors, they can also create a hub for germs and bacterial infections if not taken care of properly. The use of bathtubs without proper cleaning and maintenance can cause several health issues that may affect people who use the bathroom every day. Regular cleaning and maintenance are the keys to keeping your walk-in tub safe for use without worrying about diseases and bacterial infections. This article looks at various ways on how you can take care of your walk-in tub to create a hygienic and safe environment for every bathroom user.
- Use Effective Cleaning Products
Most manufacturers usually include cleaner samples that can be used on a newly installed walk-in tub. They can be used to clean after installation but you have to purchase new cleaners that work best depending on the material used on your tub’s surface. It is important to take extra care when cleaning your bathtub since the top coating is tough but easier to damage. Nonabrasive fiberglass cleaner is ideal for different types of surface materials used on walk-in tubs.
Acrylic walk-in tubs should never be exposed to water temperatures that exceed 167 degrees Fahrenheit as it can make it lose shape by softening the acrylic material. A gentle spray cleaner, a good non-scratch cleaner, and vinegar are ideal for cleaning both the interior and exterior surfaces of a walk-in bathtub.
- Use the Right Cleaning Techniques
Use a damp cloth to wipe the edges of the bath to check for stubborn stains. Before you start cleaning your walk-in tub, start by getting rid of spots and stains as it leaves a spotless surface once you are done cleaning. Apply a home or commercial cleaner of your choice to the entire surface in circular motions. It is important to start with the walls and edges of the tub ending with the bottom surface.
Allow the product to settle and work its way through dirt, grime, and body oil residue for about ten minutes. Use a soft or microfiber cloth to rub the product onto the surface of the bath using circular movements. Once done, rinse your tub thoroughly with clean water to eliminate any traces of the product. The last step is to dry the bath with a soft dry cloth to get rid of any water or moist surfaces.
- Clean Your Tub Regularly
You need to perform a surface-level cleaning of your tub after every use to keep it clean, safe and hygienic for the next use. Waiting until body oils and soap residue start building up can make the situation worse as they create stubborn stains that are difficult to get rid of. It is important to rinse all surfaces clean with warm water each time you are finished using your bathtub. You can set aside time to wash your tub at least once a week with a mild cleaning agent.
However, you can remove stubborn stains using an ideal commercial cleaner or recommended bleaching product for your walk-in tub. You also need to deep clean your bathtub after every month or two to ensure everything functions properly and the tub stays as clean as possible.
- Regular maintenance
The circulation system of a walk-in tub is exposed to residues from body oils, dirt, washing detergents, and bacteria after every use. These residues can accumulate inside the lining of the fittings and plumbing fixtures that supply water through the jets of the tub. The incoming water can become contaminated if the system is not properly maintained. This could cause acute illness, bacterial infection or other health issues every time a user turns on the jets.
Since walk-in tubs have doors, it is important to check them periodically for signs of leakage. Although manufacturers can offer solutions to the problem such as warranty, it is still important to ensure that your tub is not leaking by ensuring the double gasket of your tub’s door seals perfectly in place. It is important to have your walk-in tub cleaned by a professional after every year since scale deposits and residue may accumulate on the interior walls of the piping even after cleaning.
Walk-in bathtubs have become a growing necessity for the elderly and individuals with mobility issues because of its many benefits. However, it is important to take care of your walk-in tub through regular cleaning and maintenance. This helps to reduce the risk of bacterial infections and other health issues that may occur because of poor maintenance.