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Shower, Tub and Whirlpool Surface Care

NEVER USE ABRASIVE MATERIALS OR ABRASIVE CLEANERS ON THE SURFACE!

EXTREME CAUTION is urged regarding the use of any harsh cleaner, acid or solvent on the unit surface.

READ AND FOLLOW ALL PACKAGE LABELS AND INSTRUCTIONS! SOME CLEANING PRODUCTS ARE NOT TO BE USED ON ACRYLIC SURFACES.

Through routine use, the unit surface can collect residues from soap, bath additives and natural body oils. Additional deposits can also collect from minerals or particles found in the water. After each use, wipe the excess water from the unit. This practice will reduce the build-up of deposits and help maintain the natural unit lustre.

Following a thorough surface cleaning on fiberglass (gelcoat) or acrylic tubs, an application of quality automotive wax on the side walls of the bowl (not the bottom) will help reduce major accumulations. Also Turtle Wax Spray can be used. The actual schedule for cleaning, and waxing, will depend on unit usage and water quality. Also some retailers handle Gel Gloss in spray or liquid form which can be used instead of wax. It is recommended by several manufacturers.

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* Routine Cleaning: Mild, non-abrasive cleaner specifically formulated for gelcoat and acrylic surfaces recommended. Cleaners like Comet Bathroom Cleaner, Tilex Soap Scum Remover or Lysol Basin, Tub & Tile are good. Remember to read the labels for proper use!

One you can put together for yourself for regular cleaning as well as use for calcium or mineral build ups is this: In your regular liquid dish washing container, like Dawn, save an empty used container and put in 1/2" to 1" of the liquid soap and fill the remainder of the container with white vinegar. Use this in the squeeze bottle, not with a sprayer. Simply apply on a moist terry cloth (wash cloth,) preferably used, which has a slight texture which will not casue any surface scratching. This cleaner can be swabbed on to the surface and left for a period of time, as needed, to break down any build up. Then the surface can be rinsed with clear water, leaving the surface nice and clean.

This mixture, as well as the Comet Bathroom Cleaner can both be used on your metal fixtures.

* Heavy Soap Deposits: Liquid ammonia household cleaner, applied full strength. (Rinse surface thoroughly)

* Stubborn Stains: Liquid household cleaner (such as The Works) or hydrogen peroxide, applied full strength. Place a saturated clean rag directly on stain and let stand several hours. (Rinse surface thoroughly)

For extreme cases, buff area with white automotive polishing compound until stain disappears and apply a quality automotive wax to surface. Avoid applying wax to the bottom of the unit.

* Hard Water Scales: Liquid scale remover or white vinegar, applied full strength. Lime-A-Way, CLR or The Works can be used. Watch getting these products on metal! Undiluted, they will discolor metal. (Rinse surface thoroughly)

* Mold/Mildew: Liquid mildew remover or baking soda and water paste. (Apply paste and allow to fizz several minutes.) (Rinse surface thoroughly)

* Glass Doors & Panels: Regular cleaning with Windex. Try white vinegar full strength to break any mineral build up. Also try Mr. Clean Magic sponges (or equivalent) dry rather than wet on glass doors.

* Construction Adhesive: Try rubbing off adhesive with pure olive oil first. If this does not work you can soften the adhesive with hand held dryer and peel off adhesive. For stubborn cases, apply Goo Gone (very good), rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (with acetone) full strength to adhesive. (Rinse surface thoroughly)

BATH MATS OR OTHER ITEMS WHICH ARE HELD IN PLACE USING SUCTION CUPS AGAINST THE UNIT SURFACE MUST BE REMOVED FROM THE FLOOR OF THE UNIT AFTER EACH USE. OVER A PROLONGED PERIOD OF TIME, FAILURE TO REMOVE THESE TYPES OF ITEMS FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE UNIT MAY RESULT IN SURFACE DAMAGE.

*Difficult Floor Areas: Try Mr.Clean Magic Sponges (or equivalent.) Blue nylon scrub pads or vegetable brushes can be used with any of the above mentioned cleaning agents to clean the small crevices in some of the non-skid areas on tub or shower floors.

*Kohler Recommended Cleaners: These are industrial strength especially recommended by Kohler. Read the reviews and try if you like.

  • Kohler Recommended for use on Safeguard Slip-Resistant Surfaces
  • Made especially for deep cleaning heavy stains in bath tubs, tile and grout
  • (1) 32 oz. Bottle of R.O.G. 1 White Cream Bathtub Slip Guard Cleaner
  • (1) 32 oz. Bottle of R.O.G. 3 Royal Blue Bathtub Cleaner Foaming Spray Head
  • Commercial Grade Bathtub, Tile, and Grout Cleaner for use at Home

Can be found on Amazon.com. R.O.G. 1 is a strong yet mild cream cleanser for removing stubborn stains without the use of bleach. R.O.G. 3 is for deep cleaning hard to remove soap debris build up on tubs, tile and grout.