How to Keep Water From Settling in the Top Corner of a Bathtub

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When water settles in bathtub corners, stains develop.
When water settles in bathtub corners, stains develop. (Image: Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Bathtubs are made to handle exposure to water. Even so, when water settles or pools in certain areas, such as the top corner of the bathtub, mildew and mineral deposit stains develop. These stains are unsightly and impact the appearance of your bathtub. While mildew and mineral deposits can be removed from the bathtub surface, keeping water from settling in the top corner of the tub prevents the problem.

Things You'll Need

  • Squeegee
  • Towel
  • White vinegar
  • Clean cloths
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Pencil
  • Bathtub splash guard
  • Silicone caulk

Minor Pooling

Wipe down the shower surround and bathtub ledge and corners with a squeegee. Start at the tub, and move the squeegee down to push water toward the drain. Do this after each bath or shower to prevent water from pooling around the corners.

Dampen a clean cloth with full-strength vinegar. Wipe the corners of the bathtub and other areas where water pools to kill tiny mold spores and remove hard water stains.

Dry the bathtub corners and ledges with a clean cloth to remove moisture and prevent water-related stains such as mold and mineral deposits.

Major Pooling

Clean your bathtub surface to prepare for splash guard installation. Clean the corners and other ledge areas with full-strength vinegar to remove soap scum and other stains. Follow this by wiping the tub with rubbing alcohol.

Dry the tub with a clean cloth. Allow the surface to air-dry for three to five hours.

Position the track portion of the splash guard in the corner. The track is used to slide the splash guard into place and keep it securely in its spot. Place the splash guard near the wall, or, if the corner is on the open side of the bathtub, position the track midway between the bathtub side and floor side of the ledge.

Mark the spot for the track with a pencil. Peel off the adhesive backing, and stick the splash guard track into position on the tub corner. Hold it there for 30 seconds to ensure contact between the adhesive and the bathtub surface.

Slide the splash guard onto the track until it snaps into place. Put a drop of silicone caulk on the end of the splash guard where it slides into the track to prevent it from being pulled out. The splash guard protects the bathtub corner and surrounding surfaces by preventing water from reaching the surface.

Wait 24 hours to use the tub, to make sure the adhesive is securely adhered to the tub surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • Water left to settle in bathtub corners can leak into the walls or cause water damage on the bathroom floor.
  • Don't fill the bathtub so full that water splashes out of the tub when you move.

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