Whether your bathtub is a sanctuary of relaxation or simply a pragmatic part of daily life, you want it to last. The pros at Tub Tile & Tops are here to offer you four practical care tips that can help extend the life of your tub. And if you want the bathtub in your Nashville home to stick around, we’re experts at refinishing, too. So, here’s our expert advice on how to maintain and extend the life of your tub.

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1. Reduce Humidity

Did you know that one of the easiest ways to maintain your tub is to manage the room’s humidity? That’s because mold can cause real damage. By simply running an exhaust fan during your bath or shower, you decrease the risk of mold growth along the caulk lines of your tub.

2. Rinse After Use

Something equally as simple yet often forgotten is rinsing your tub or shower after every use. This is an effective method to maintain freshness between cleanings. Soap scum can deteriorate your new surface over time. A quick spray-down post-shower, especially under soap dishes and shampoo bottles, can help protect and extend the life of your tub.

3. Choose the Right Cleaning Tools and Products

When cleaning the surfaces of your tub or shower, it’s crucial to avoid abrasive cleaners and scrubbing pads. Instead, opt for non-abrasive alternatives to prevent surface deterioration. Ditch the Comet, Ajax, Soft-Scrub, Brillo Pads, and generic steel wool for something gentler.

Equally important, don’t use bleach or bleach-containing products. As an alternative, consider liquid cleaners and soft cloths or sponges for a non-damaging clean. Try Blue Scotch-Brite pads, microfiber cloths, Scrubbing Bubbles, or a homemade mixture of equal vinegar and water.

4. Keep an Eye on Leaks

Regular plumbing inspections are an essential part of bathtub and shower care. Prevention is key. Keep up with leaks or drips in your plumbing fixtures because even minor drips can cause significant damage to surfaces over time.

5. Keep Your Drains Free and Clear

A clogged drain is more than a nuisance—it can also cause water to stagnate, leading to surface damage over time. Make sure that hair catchers are regularly cleaned, and consider gentle, routine drain cleaning to keep the water flowing and keep your bathtub in prime condition. However, be wary of chemical drain cleaners because their abrasiveness can damage pipes and your tub’s finish.

Bathtub Refinishing Services

While the tips above will keep your bathtub and shower looking better for longer, when it’s time to address a bathtub that needs more than just a quick scrubbing, there’s no substitute for professional shower or bathtub refinishing. Tub Tile & Tops offers specialized refinishing services that can make your shower or tub look new. 

Whether you want to revamp your bathroom’s look or simply preserve the existing charm, Tub Tile & Tops is here to help. If you’re in the Nashville area and want to extend the life of your bathtub with tub refinishing services, contact us at (615) 469-0756 or request a quote online. We’ll be happy to help your tub last for years to come!