A cast-iron-bathtub is a beautiful addition to any bathroom. These bathtubs have been in existence for many years. Some cast-iron-bathtubs are true antiques and some are manufactured to look like they are antique. cast-iron-bathtubs are more expensive than fiberglass bathtubs, but they are most definitely worth it. cast-iron-bathtubs are usually finished with a porcelain enamel coating. The porcelain coating is susceptible to chips, crazing and wearing of the finish. The last thing you want to do is to clean your cast-iron-bathtub with products that will accelerate the wear on the finish. It is very important not to use any abrasive cleansers such as scouring powders, steel wool, white vinegar or lemon. The abrasives in the scouring powders and steel wool will scratch and damage the finish on the bathtub and ruin it. The acid in white vinegar and lemon will also damage the porcelain finish. Regardless whether or not you have a beautiful antique claw footed bathtub or a new cast-iron-bathtub, clean and care for it properly so you will have it for years to come.
General Daily cast-iron-bathtub Cleaning
Rinse your cast-iron-bathtub after each use to remove excess soap.
Dry your bathtub with a soft cloth to avoid water spots.
Clean any marks or stains as they happen, do not leave them for later.
Weekly cast-iron-bathtub Cleaning
Mix 2 tablespoons of a grease cutting liquid dish washing soap into 1 gallon of hot water. be sure to use dish soap, not dishwasher detergent.
Dip a sponge or soft rag into the water and soap mixture and scrub down the inside of the bathtub.
Rinse well and dry thoroughly.
Monthly cast-iron-bathtub Cleaning
Mix 2 to 3 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate into 1 gallon of hot water. Trisodium phosphate is available at hardware stores and home improvement stores.
Dip a clean, soft rag into the mixture and wash down the tub to cut through tough dirt and soap scum buildup.
Rinse thoroughly and dry well.
If you cast-iron-bathtub shows signs of wear, stains that can't be removed or chips in the porcelain enamel finish, you will need to have the tub re-glazed. Do not waste your time or money on bathtub re-glazing kits. They are expensive, the refinishing looks obvious and they do not hold up. Hire a refinisher who specializes in cast-iron-bathtub refinishing.