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
- Dish detergent
- Bottle brushes
- Household bleach
- Liquid dish-washing detergent
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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