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Date: 5/15/12 11:02 AM

My 1-year-old acrylic bathtub seems to have a ring even though I cleaned it regularly. Evidently, not regularly enough. Does anybody have any recommendations of how to clean it? Not all cleaning products are suitable for acrylic, and there are no "inconspicuous spots" to try.

Claudia

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Date: 5/15/12 12:43 PM

A paste of baking soda and water with a soft terry cloth is a good place to start. You won't do any damage with that combination.

If you can find the tub manufacturer name, their website usually will have a cleaning FAQ.

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Date: 5/15/12 1:16 PM

Try liquid Bar Keeper's Friend or Soft Scrub Total Bath and Bowl spray cleaner.

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Date: 5/15/12 1:19 PM

Also, I find it helps to put the cleaner on, spread it around and let it sit while cleaning other areas or taking a break. It seems to soften up the crud. Or maybe I've just worked up enough energy by then.

I've usually used soft scrub or baking soda. So many other cleaners say either not for acrylics or warn about aluminum, which leaves out the shower doors.

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Date: 5/15/12 1:31 PM


Baking soda here too.. thats what I use.. in all sorts of cleaning applications.. It will brighten up white too.. such as your refrigerator handles .. good on grout if you scrub it with a toothbrush and baking soda. Makes the toilet smell better too. I use baking soda a lot..
Just rub it on and around with a washcloth as was suggested and you should see the grime roll off.. May take more than once .. you can also try leaving it on for a little while.. make a paste of it with water as best you can.

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Date: 5/15/12 1:37 PM

Vinegar works well on hard water deposits, but it's hard to get it to stick alone on vertical surfaces! You might use it to make a paste with the baking soda instead of water.

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Date: 5/15/12 2:34 PM

We have an acrylic tub and shower surround (different bathrooms), and all I ever use for cleaning is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser--that, and water. No chemicals/cleaner necessary. Works a charm! The best thing I have ever found for soap scum, hands down.

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Date: 5/15/12 3:55 PM

kath210, I dampen the narrow sheet paper towels with vinegar and place them in place. I keep vinegar in a spray bottle in each bathroom and in the kitchen. It's easy to respray the vinegar onto the paper towels each time I go by so that they stay wet with the vinegar.

We have one small old time grocery in town where I can buy the vinegar in the inexpensive one gallon bottles.

Love those Mr. Clean white scrubbie things (without anything added). Hate that after searching high and low for the perfect bathroom faucet replacement that just one accidental use on the Moen faucet abraided the shiny chrome. I am not that strong!

Back to the vinegar. It is really strong stuff. I don't have acrylic tubs/showers. I'd definitely check with the manufacturer or do a test spot before using my paper towel method that lets the vinegar sit on the surface for a long time.

And, what the heck, let's talk toilets. The minerals here are so harsh that the leave a ring in the toilet when we've been away from the house for several days. The vinegar is great for that, too. Plunge the water to a lower level. Lay sheets of tp around the inside of the bowl. And spray with vinegar every time you walk by the bathroom.
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Date: 5/16/12 0:36 AM

Vinegar also is great for the shower head. Take it off and soak in a bowl for a short time. You'll be amazed how much more water pressure you have with the hard mineral deposits gone!

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Date: 5/16/12 10:42 AM

Thank you all for the advice. I'll get on my knees and give it a try. I love the Mr Clean Magic Sponge, but I noticed it mars the finish on some surfaces, especially paint on wood and on cars. Ouch. I hesitate to use it on acrylic. But it works without damaging the surface?

Claudia

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