Acrylic Bathtubs Vs. Steel Enamel Bathtub
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Acrylic Bathtubs Vs. Steel Enamel Bathtub


Acrylic Bathtubs Vs. Steel Enamel Bathtub

Steel Enamel Bathtub are made from either steel or cast iron while acrylic bathtubs are manufactured from an acrylic sheet reinforced with fiberglass. Both types offer advantages and disadvantages.

Enamel Advantages
According to the Tubz website, enamel tubs, whether made from cast iron or steel, are more rigid than most manufactured from fiberglass-reinforced acrylic.

Enamel Disadvantages
The enamel on tubs, however, chips easily if anything heavy is dropped on it. Repair kits are available and should be used as soon as possible. Enamel tubs also feel colder than tubs made from acrylic.

Acrylic Advantages
Acrylic tubs scratch rather than chip if something is dropped on their surface. Tubz states that the scratches can be polished out, provided they are not too deep.

Acrylic Disadvantages
In order for an acrylic tub to feel rigid in situ, the fiberglass reinforcement must be of high quality and the baseboard must have a good thickness. According to Tubz, budget acrylic bathtubs have little reinforcement, and so they can feel flimsy once installed.

Cleaning experts and authors Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie write in "The Cleaning Bible" that a grubby bath of either type can be cleaned by filling it with warm water and adding two scoops of biological washing detergent. The solution should be left in place overnight. They also say baths should be regularly washed with a mild detergent solution and then buffed dry with a towel.

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