How to Care for a Cast Iron Clawfoot Tub
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How to Care for a Cast Iron Clawfoot Tub

8/14/2011

How to Care for a Cast Iron Clawfoot Tub

Cast Iron tubs can add beauty and ambiance to a bathroom. Cast iron tubs are typically covered with porcelain, although some tub manufacturers have started to coat the tubs with acrylic. Porcelain cast iron tubs can last for many years if they are cared for properly. Heavy cleaning can be done every 2 to 4 months, with maintenance cleaning done each month and spot cleaning as needed. Use appropriate precautions when using bleach products by removing any rugs from the ground and wearing old, long sleeved clothing. Older tubs may develop rust stains that can be taken care of with muriatic acid.

Heavy Cleaning
1 Fill your bathtub with water and add 1 cup of bleach. Allow to stand for 30 minutes. Drain the bathtub.

2 Make a household cleaning paste by mixing three parts powdered bleach with one part water. Apply the paste to any stains not removed by the bleach water. Allow the paste to sit for 5 minutes and remove with a soft sponge. A rougher material could scratch the surface.

3 Apply the bleach paste to any stains on the outside of the tub working from the top down. Rinse thoroughly with water and a soft sponge. Dry the tub thoroughly.

Monthly Maintenance
1 Fill the tub with water and 1 cup of bleach.

2 Allow to soak for 30 minutes.

3 Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly.

Spot Cleaning
1 Use a combination of mild dish soap and water to do any spot cleaning needed between monthly bleach soaks.

2 Apply with a soft cloth or sponge.

3 Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly.

Rust Stains
1 Apply a solution of one part muriatic acid and one part water to any rust stains. Allow to sit for 5 minutes or until the rust has disappeared. Apply baking soda to the acid to stop the chemical reaction. Clean with water and dry the area.

2 Apply a metal primer followed by waterproof epoxy paint if the acid solution removes any of the porcelain.

3 Allow paint to dry according to the manufactures directions.



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