Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Acrylic Showers & Baths
Acrylic is a popular material for shower surrounds and bathtubs because it resists mildew and staining and is also incredibly easy for homeowners to keep clean. Just like any other surface, sometimes acrylic requires a deeper clean than usual. Before you reach for just any cleaner, you should know that acrylic requires a different kind of care. These tips will help you keep your acrylic finish looking new.
Prepare Your Acrylic Tub or Shower for Cleaning
Before you start cleaning your tub or shower surround, you’ll want to ensure that everything in it has been removed. This includes soap, shampoo bottles, and any loofahs or brushes. Wipe these down or wring them out to remove any soap scum. This will help to prevent staining in the future. You’ll also want to ensure you clean your tub or shower once a week, as this will also prevent staining.
Choosing the Right Cleaning Product
Generally speaking, the majority of multi-purpose cleaners will work to clean acrylic, as will several of the green products on the market. However, it’s always a good idea to check the label first to make sure it’s safe for acrylic surfaces. There are also acrylic-specific cleaners available. Usually in gel form, these require a different application than other cleaners.
Avoid Scratching the Surface
Ideally, because acrylic scratches easily, you should never use anything that could damage the surface. This includes scrubbing pads, brushes, and abrasive cleaners. You’ll also want to avoid any cleaners that come in an aerosol can or which contain acetone or other solvents. Instead, you should use a chamois or damp, clean cloth and use a mild granular cleaner or dishwashing liquid.
If you are using an acrylic gel cleaner, no water will be required. Instead, if using this cleaner, you will need to ensure your shower or tub surround is dry before applying the gel with a dry cloth. Rub it in and allow to dry. Then, take a clean cloth and buff the surface until it shines.
Wash, Don’t Scrub
Although you may be tempted to scrub away dirt and stains, washing tub enclosures or shower surrounds is the better choice. To do this, imagine your surround or tub like it is a car that you are washing by hand. Wash using a gentle circular motion and apply a little more pressure to address stubborn areas.
Dealing with Mineral Deposits
Depending on the type of water you have, the acrylic surface of your shower or tub may end up looking dirty or discolored due to mineral deposits. Before you attempt to clean these, you will need to soften them with a vinegar and water solution first. Test every few minutes until deposits can be washed away.
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