How to Clean an American Standard Acrylic Jetted Tub

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American Standard acrylic jetted tubs provide a way to relax after a difficult day. But these units, like all whirlpool-type tubs, require special cleaning to prevent a buildup of soap scum, mildew and bacteria. Good cleaning is not just a matter of wiping the jetted tub down with a sponge either. The jets and water-circulation system can harbor harmful bacteria. These components should be cleaned to maintain a sanitary tub.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Bucket
  • Dish detergent
  • Bottle brushes
  • Household bleach
  • Liquid dish-washing detergent
  • Sponges
  • Cloth
  • Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands from cleaning products.

  • Wash the jets. To do this, fill a sink or bucket with hot water and about 1/2 teaspoon of powdered dish soap. Dip a bottle brush in the warm soapy water -- or pour soap directly on the brush. Scrub jets with the bottle brush. You should clean any visible parts, inside and outside of the jets, this way.

  • Fill the tub completely with water. Add 1/2 cup of bleach, and then add approximately 2 teaspoons, or tablets, of low-suds dishwasher detergent. Turn on the jets for two minutes to let the soapy water run through the circulation system.

  • Drain the water from the tub. Fill it with cold water and run it again for at least five minutes to rinse the circulation system.

  • Drain the water again. Pour a tablespoon of liquid hand dish-washing detergent -- do not use powdered -- on a damp, clean sponge. Scrub the acrylic surface with this sponge.

  • Rinse off all surfaces with a clean sponge and clean water. Towel dry any metal fixtures with a soft cloth; this will prevent water spots.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also find commercial cleaning products for whirlpool jets; you can use these low-foaming cleaners instead of dish soap. Make sure you use only those labeled safe for acrylic, however.
  • Take the bath mat out of the tub after each use and hang until it's dry. This prevents surface damage.
  • Don’t use abrasive sponges or cleaners on the acrylic; these may leave scratches, dulling the finish.

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