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Fiberglass Tubs and Showers

With proper maintenance, your tub/shower should stay glossy and smooth indefinitely. As with all highly polished surfaces, regular care is the key to maintenance. Also, try to avoid abrasive cleaners. On a weekly basis clean your tub/shower with a cloth and warm water. Any liquid or foam detergent will also work well.

Stains

To remove stubborn stains, use acetone. Bleaches and household cleaning agents may also work well and will not harm the surface. Nylon scouring pads may also help, but do not use steel wool or any type of metal pad. DO NOT USE METAL SCRAPERS, RAZOR BLADES, OR SIMILAR TYPES OF PRODUCTS.

If for some reason the surface becomes dull, you can restore the finish in the following manner. Rub out the dulled area with a good automotive compound such as Dupont #7 White compound. The area may then be buffed out using automobile wax. Once the shine is restored, the above cleaning steps may then be used.

Paint

Any oil-based paint can usually be removed with turpentine or paint thinner. Water-based paint can be removed with a cloth and warm water.

 

 Scum

To remove scum caused by hard water minerals, grease, and soap, clean the fixture with a mixture of one tablespoon sodium hexametaphosphate (Calgon) and warm water. You can also use trisodium phosphate and a warm damp cloth. WARNING: Hot water will make trisodium phosphate caustic, but one tablespoon with one gallon of water can be used safely as a cleaner for fixtures, tile floors, and painted surfaces. Always wear rubber gloves.

 

Rust

These stains are usually caused by wet metallic utensils being left on the surface of a sink. Use a commercial rust remover and follow the manufacturer’s directions. Be careful not to get the rust remover on any chrome-plated fittings.

Glass Shower Doors

Usually, a good dishwashing detergent provides the best cleaner (not soap) for glass doors unless hard water deposits have been deposited. To remove these, use a commercial cleaner containing ammonia, or a solution of one tablespoon of household ammonia and one quart of warm water. Be sure to read the “caution” note on the ammonia container.

Cultured Marble PulmanTops and Sinks

These surfaces may be cleaned in the same way as described under “Fiberglass Tubs and Showers.” However do not use any scouring pads of any kind, including nylon. Also, do not use either extremely hot or cold water in the lavatories. Rapid expansion or contraction may cause damage to the bowl.

Porcelain Enamel Sink or Bathtub

These surfaces are very durable, although you must be careful not to chip, scratch or stain the surface. A blow from a heavy object may chip the surface, and scraping metal utensils may scratch and dull the surface. Refrain from cutting food on the porcelain surface. If scratches appear, they will be susceptible to staining. To clean the surface, use mild household cleaners with plenty of water. Do not use abrasive cleaners.

Fixtures

To extend the life of your fixtures, take these precautions:•To avoid stains, don’t let food wastes stand in the sink, dispose of it as it accumulates.•When you are redecorating, don’t leave trash, tools, and paint cans in your fixtures.

  • Don’t step in a bathtub with your shoes on, they have plenty of gritty materials on the soles.
  • Do not use your fixtures for developing film. These stains are very difficult to remove.

By following these simple suggestions, your fixtures should retain their luster for many years.