Modern bathtubs and showers can be made from a myriad
of materials ranging from the conventional enameled, cast iron and steel,
to fiberglass, acrylic, and man-made materials such as cultured marble.
Many one piece tub or tub and shower combination units are made from gel
coated fiberglass or acrylic plastic.
Never use abrasives on any of these materials. They
can cause scratches to the surface. Usually they will clean with hot water
If that is not sufficient, a cleaning product recommended
by the manufacturer of the fixture, or your plumber, can be used to handle
heavier cleaning tasks.
With fiberglass and acrylic units, special polishes
with no abrasives are available to protect their finishes, by sealing
the pores in the material, which makes subsequent cleaning easier. When
decorating the bathroom or repairing something near the bathtub, place
a heavy cloth over every inch of the bathtub surface so paint, falling
tools, etc., will not mar or chip the enameled surface. Do not stand in
the bathtub with shoes, as the nails and grit in the soles will scratch
the enameled surface. Fiberglass and acrylic hubs should be cleaned with
non- abrasive cleansers recommended by manufacturers.