Acrylic tubs are a popular choice for homeowners -- and with good reason. Acrylic can be molded into all sorts of shapes -- including the classic clawfoot tub, traditionally made of cast iron. Acrylic tubs holds heat well, aren't too heavy, and sport a luxurious lustrous finish that I absolutely love! Plus, they'll set you back a lot less than cast iron.
Unfortunately, acrylic tubs can scratch horribly if cleaned incorrectly. The way to proceed is gently, very gently. The good news: gentle cleaning does not translate into high maintenance. On the contrary, you'll probably save some cash by foregoing pricey chemical cleansers.
Here's how to clean your acrylic tub safely and naturally:
Wash your tub often, at least once a week, and use a mild soap -- plain old dishwashing liquid is best -- with lots of hot water. Always clean with a soft sponge. Never, ever use abrasive cleaning products (those containing fine grit; check the label) or abrasive cleaning pads. Waxing is another no-no. Your acrylic tub is naturally very shiny and designed to stay that way without additional help.
Lastly, is your water supply kind of alkaline? If so, you might notice a little hard-water buildup appearing over time. The easiest fix, believe it or not, is plain white vinegar. Spray a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar on the affected areas and let it soak for a while. Rub gently, then rinse. It's that simple! See what I mean about low maintenance?