Tub Refinish, also known as Tub Reglazing, is a process of applying a polyurethane coating to improve or renew the appearance of your fixture. The tub finish is similar to the finish on a vehicle and should be cared for in the same manner to extend the life of the finish.
There are a number of things one must do to make the glaze finish last. Failure to follow these basic care steps can dramatically reduce the life of your finish and possibly void any warranty you may have been given.
Here are the steps you should take to care for your reconditioned bathtub / enamel bathtub:
- Do not use the surface during the number of days or hours specified by the company.
- Do not put soap, sponges, cloths, bottles or any other objects on the finish at any time! Instead, use a shower grate.
- Don’t let leaky faucets go unrepaired!
- Do not use abrasive cleaners. No SOS pads. No Comet. No razors. NO ABRASIVES AT ALL! The tub will clean easily with spray cleaners and a soft sponge.
- Do not use bath mats with suction cups underneath. They can pull on the finish and trap moisture.
- Do not remove dust from the surface with your finger. Dust on the surface is likely to dissipate in 3-4 weeks with normal cleaning and use. Waxing also helps.
- Do not use bathtub or other glass surface to clean brushes or any paint related chemicals or materials. Keep harsh chemicals out of the tub. Do not clean or store sharp or abrasive items on the surface.
- Do not allow workers to stand in a glass tub with their shoes on. Ask them to take off their shoes and put down a soft towel.
- Do not place or store any item on a tub or finished surface that may damage or cut the surface.
- Make sure the room is well ventilated and read all manufacturer’s precautions and instructions. ALWAYS use your common sense, be safe and be smart.
- Make sure there are no holes or gaps in the grout or caulk in the shower. This can lead to wall damage and an expensive repair bill.
- Use Tilex – Lysol Tile Cleaner – Mr. Clean – Fantastic. NO POWDERS, NO ABRASIVES, just a soft sponge.
- Keep your bathtub clean and wipe it down with a towel after each use. You don’t have to dry it.
- Keep the caulking around the tub.
- Wax the enamel tub two weeks after you finish it, then once every 1 to 3 months thereafter. Use regular car wax and DO NOT OVERPOWISH. Start by first thoroughly cleaning the surface and then gently dry. Then apply a light, thin, light coat of wax with a damp cloth in light circular motions. Wipe away excess wax with a soft, dry cotton towel.
With these instructions in mind, you can be sure you’re caring for your newly refinished tub or tile properly and avoiding the costly mistake of voiding any warranty you’ve been given.