Cleaning Tubs: HELP!

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My jet tubs are really deep. I've been spraying them with a disinfectant cleaner then wiping them clean and dry with paper towels.

I'm six feet tall with proportionate arm length, but it's really a stretch to reach the bottom and back wall of these tubs with a paper towel. I get down on my knees, reach over the edge, and I can do it, but it's really getting tiresome. I almost have to climb into the thing to reach parts of it.

Anybody got a suggestion to make this easier? I'm thinking a sponge mop of some kind.

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I have acrylic tub that's why I use soft dish cleaner liquid and hot water to clean it. you need to clean it at least once a week.

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EthelJustice wrote:

you need to clean it at least once a week.

No, you need to clean it after each use, or at least after each guest leaves.

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I put a clean rag on the bottom of the tub and get in. For scummy tub walls, I use a magic eraser. I would have concerns about not being able to feel the wall of the tub to make sure all is clean. Often, it doesn't look like there's anything on it, but when I rub my hand along the inside you can feel it's not clean.

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Breakfast Nemo wrote:

...when I rub my hand along the inside you can feel it's not clean.

I'll gladly give you minimum wage to stretch your hand to every inch of my tubs. I just can't do it anymore. They're too big and deep, and I'm to little and shallow! I'll rely on the shine I see. If the tub's shiny, I'm happy.

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If its extra scummy we use scrubby pads - the kind for washing up? sponge on one side and like a sort of green nylon on the other? they are rough enough to get the stuff off but don't scratch the tub.

Also its something to be aware of when buying toiletries for the tub - ie pick ones that don't make extra work for you!

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Arkansawyer wrote:

Breakfast Nemo wrote:

...when I rub my hand along the inside you can feel it's not clean.

 I just can't do it anymore.

I've got 3 humungous double whirlpool tubs and a regular sized one. I'm in my 13th year of cleaning those things!

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Breakfast Nemo wrote:

I've got 3 humungous double whirlpool tubs and a regular sized one. I'm in my 13th year of cleaning those things!

Kudos! You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din!

I'm getting a sponge mop and will treat the beasts like floors!

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 i use a mr clean magic reach all in one mop.  it has a telescoping handle

it's not a 'green' product but it does the job.  if you get one, you want the kit that comes with the different pads.

but now the only tub i clean like that is one i use and i climb in 

anyway, i'm almost 5'4" and it helps with cleaning tall shower stalls, too! 

 

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We use a 3M tub brush on an extendable wand from Wally World. Works great. Shaped for tub 'corners.' It's blue and white

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Thank you for giving me another reason why I did not get jetted tubs (or any tub other than what was already here - the claw-foot).

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I'm going to try some different tools on handles. I've had enough of bending down and getting my hand to the bottom of that deep tub!

This all came about because my most recent guest left a MAJOR bathtub ring of dirt, or lotions she wears, or something, and it took a lot of scrubbing to get it clean. That sort of thing sends me looking for an easier way!

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The same way I clean a shower, get in.  wink

Being tall in a shower-stall is even more difficult to get them clean. If anyone has some newfangled method I would love to hear it as well!

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You and I have the same kind of tubs.  Any way you do it it's a royal pain.  I put a towel down on the bottom of the tub and climb in, otherwise I wouldn't be able to get to the back jet (each individual jet comes out of the tub for cleaning).  Looking at your post, I wonder if the windshield washer sponge/squeegie on a stick wouldn't be more practical?

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DH is the bathroom cleaner here and he just climbs in the tub to clean it. If I did this I would put down a bathmat first but he doesn't.

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Madeleine wrote:

DH is the bathroom cleaner here and he just climbs in the tub to clean it. If I did this I would put down a bathmat first but he doesn't.

For all the dram-uhs you share with the "cwazy" guests at times, I want to say how FORTUNATE you are to have someone who does this. I would buy him a porterhouse steak dinner if he cleaned my shower(s). I would buy him TEN porterhouse steak dinners. yes

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Gosh... my jetted tub in the Cottage (2 person corner tub/shower) is more work but I kneel on the edge & scrub, then rinse with the shower head on the wall(Swedish style). Sometimes get in + clean the window there (small high window).I'am  5' 11''  or was. Never used a sponge mop but sounds like a good idea .

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