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    Proper Maintenance Guide for Walk-In Bathtubs

    Tub Maintenance Guide & Cleaning

    Written By: Safe Step Tub

    September 21, 2020

    Quality walk-in tubs will last you a lifetime. However, that doesn’t mean you can get away without maintaining them properly. Proper maintenance is essential to ensure that your walk-in tub stays beautiful, safe, and functional for your use for the rest of your life. This guide will provide you with tips for properly maintaining this type of tub.

    Rinse after Bathing

    After you use your walk-in tub, it’s normal to want to simply go about your day. However, a few minutes of maintenance every time you bathe can save you a great deal of scrubbing later on. Instead of just draining your tub and leaving it, take a minute to rinse out the tub with warm water. The handheld showering wand is perfect for this.

    This simple rinse helps to remove any build-up, such as limescale and soap scum, while it’s still fresh. Without rinsing, that build-up will settle and dry onto the surfaces and become much harder to remove.

    Weekly Cleaning

    You should clean your walk-in tub more thoroughly once a week. If you follow the above tip and rinse after each bath, this weekly cleaning shouldn’t be too difficult. Just use a mild, nonabrasive cleaner and a soft sponge or washcloth to scrub everything down. Avoid using any wire brushes or steel wool to scrub your tub; while it may get off any build-up on the tub, it will also damage the tub’s surface. You should also ensure that the cleaner you’re using is safe on acrylic.

    Be sure to wash all of the surfaces, as well as the fixtures to leave them looking shiny and new again!

    Monthly Internal Cleaning

    Thus far, you’re probably thinking that cleaning a walk-in tub is essentially the same as cleaning a standard tub. While you’re not wrong, this section is going to be a bit different than the above-mentioned cleaning tips. You see, walk-in tubs often include either air or water jet systems to provide therapeutic massages while bathing. Walk-in tubs with jets require special purging and cleaning once a month.

    To properly clean the jet system, fill the tub until the warm water just covers the first jet. Then, add a cup of bleach to the bath. Turn on the jets and let the system run for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes have passed, turn the jets off and drain the tub. Then, refill the tub to just above the level of the first jet, and run the system again (without bleach) for another 15 minutes, then turn off and drain the tub. This process disinfects the tubing inside the jets and removes any dirt and grime so that you can get a truly clean and fresh bathing experience every time.

    Repairing Damage

    While it’s extremely difficult to damage our durable, USA-made walk-in tubs, it does occasionally happen. Keep an eye out for any damage to the tub’s surface, fixtures, or moving parts. This includes looking for leaks around the faucets or in the showerhead hose, as well as looking for loose handles, trouble with the door hinges, and more. Be sure to repair this damage right away to ensure your tub is always safe, watertight, and ready for use.

    If you ever have any questions regarding the maintenance of our walk-in tubs, reach out to us and we’ll be happy to provide you with advice!

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