Have stains in your bathtub? Here is a guide on cleaning them

Stains in bathtubs are very common and the cause can be a variety of different things – from natural oils, mineral deposits left from water to cleaning products you have used in the past.

Before you start cleaning them it’s important that you identify the stain. This will make the cleaning a lot easier and you will know exactly what you are dealing with, therefore, you will know how to clean and remove the stain completely. Stains in bathtubs come in different colors which will help us determine their cause.

The cleaning experts in London themselves – Monster Cleaning use this trick in identifying stains they have to clean, and they were kind enough to share their tips and tricks with me.

Identify the color of the stain

Stains, as I previously stated, are caused by natural oils, bacteria, water, iron, cleaning detergents, etc.

When a stain is black it is caused by sulfur bacteria.

How to remove it?

In order to remove it, you should use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Make a paste out of two parts baking soda and one part hydrogen peroxide. Spread it on the stain and let it sit there for 30 minutes. Then grab a sponge and scrub of a while. When you are ready, rinse the paste.

When a stain is yellow it is caused by the accumulation of human oils.

How to remove it?

All you will need to remove yellow stains in a bathtub is vinegar. Pour it all over the stain, let it sit for 30 minutes, then grab a sponge and start scrubbing the stain. You can use this trick when you have built-up soap scum in your bathtub as well.

When a stain is red/ brown it is caused by iron.

How to remove it?

You will once again need a mixture of two parts baking soda and one part hydrogen peroxide. Follow the steps of the first thing on the list – the black stains. They may be caused by different things but their removal is the same.

When a stain is blue/ green it is caused by low pH or acidic water.

How to remove it?

You need an abrasive cleanser and a melamine sponge. Mix the cleaner with water and apply that all over the stain. Let it sit for 10 minutes then scrub with the sponge. When you are ready, rinse the bathtub.

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