Like any item in your house, the stone bath needs proper care in order to prolong its life and period and functioning, not to mention the beauty of the tub. It is true that these freestanding stone baths do need special attention, but with care, you can enjoy the relaxation that they bring for a longer period of time.
Here is what you should do:
Tip 1: Routine Maintenance
Whenever you use the bathtub, for a shower or for soaking for a longer period of time, you need to properly clean it after usage. Let the water drain first and rinse the surface of the bath with cold water. If you believe that this is not enough, use a piece of cloth and special cleaning product to remove the leftovers of soap from the walls of the bathtub. This will help you in keeping the surface of the tub clean but it will also prevent discoloring of the stone.
To make sure you have the right cleaning product, buy one that is based on ammonia. Rinse the bathtub thoroughly with a lot of cold water and make sure there are no glossy spots on it due to unwanted residue.
This routine maintenance will help keep the original color and finish for a longer period of time.
Tip 2 – Remove the Blotchy Aspect
Even if the bathtub is new and shiny now, it may loose its shiny aspect over time. It is possible that you will notice the appearance of blotchy spaces, and all this is due to the hard water that you have in your plumbing system. This is not something that you can change, but you can help the tub retain its aspect for a longer period of time.
When this happens, from time to time, use a mildly abrasive cream to clean the bathtub, with a sponge or a piece of cloth. Don’t worry because it will not damage the tub, it will only remove the residue caused by hard water. Rub gently on the affected areas and rinse thoroughly with water. If a single cleaning is not enough, use the sponge again and repeat the process.
Tip 3 – Remove the Fine Cuts
This may happen from time to time and you may notice some minor scratches and cuts on the surface of your stone bathtub. Don’t worry too much, because this is somehow natural because it is a fine material. When this happens, firs apply what was presented at Tip 2 and clean thoroughly the surface. Once this is finished and rinsed, take a harder sponge and gently rub over the affected area. You need to even out the surface with the cut and scratches. Rub until everything is nicely covered. After this, repeat the process from Tip 2 to make sure everything is ok.
Tip 4 – Avoid Heat Damage
It is true that the tub is adequate for hot and very hot water, but it is also true that even if the material of the tub is stone, it will be affected if you place another hot item directly on the surface of the bathtub. Take special attention about this, because if you use hair straighteners and you place it there, you may damage the surface.
Tip 5 – Other Damage
Keep in mind that even if the material of your tub is stone, it is also delicate. For example, you cannot use very strong chemicals for cleaning it, because it will affect the surface of the stone. Avoid also using other substances that can affect it, like paint removers – in case you decide to redecorate. In addition, you must be careful to not drop heavy items on it, as this can cause serious scratches on it and it will be impossible to remove them.
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