How to Clean a Gel Coated Tub

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Things You'll Need

  • Sponge

  • Bucket

  • Mild dish soap

  • Towel

A gel coat refers to a substance applied to a surface that adds a protective layer to items like bathtubs. While the gel coat protects and shines the surface, it also requires special cleaning to keep the substance from becoming marred or scratched. Using abrasive tools or harsh chemicals can break down the gel coating, damaging the bathtub and leaving scratch marks behind. Clean a gel coated tub with the proper tools and cleaning agents for a sparkling tub.


Step 1

Wet the gel coated tub with a sponge rinsed in warm water.

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Step 2

Fill a bucket with hot water and 1 tsp. of mild dish soap.

Step 3

Dip the sponge into the soapy mixture and wipe it over the tub surface. Scrub soap buildup or hard water stains with the sponge and the cleaning liquid. Wipe around faucet handles and shower heads to remove hidden dirt.

Step 4

Empty the bucket of soapy water when finished cleaning the tub. Refill the bucket with hot water. Rinse the sponge free of the soapy water.

Step 5

Rinse the gel-coated tub with the sponge and hot water. Remove all traces of soap residue from the tub surface.

Step 6

Wipe the bathtub dry with a clean towel.


Use only mild soaps and soft cloths or sponges on a gel-coated tub.

Clean the tub at least once a week to keep soap from building up on the gel coat surface.

Use car wax on the gel coat finish two to three times a year to keep the surface looking shiny. Never wax the bottom of the floor as it could cause slippery conditions in the tub.


Never use harsh abrasive cleaners or tools on a gel-coated tub as they may damage the surface.

Never use dishwasher detergent on the tub as it can scratch the gel coat.


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