How to remove yellow stains in a bathtub

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How to remove yellow stains in a bathtub

There is nothing quite as luxurious as soaking in a hot bathtub. However, a bathtub with yellow stains is the last place you would want to soak your stresses away. Often, tubs can become stained from soap scum and mould and mildew build-up. This is quite common in a moist area. In addition, metal from razor blades and other products can leave rust stains on your tub surface. While cleaning these yellow stains does require a bit of elbow grease, with the right products and some hard work you can have your bathtub looking as good as new.

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Things you need

  • Cleaning pail
  • Water
  • Soft cloth
  • Stiff bristled brush
  • Mild detergent / all purpose household cleaner
  • Baking soda
  • Tri-sodium phosphate
  • Rubber gloves
  • Toothbrush

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  1. 1

    Fill a cleaning pail with 1/3 cup mild cleaning detergent or all purpose household cleaner and one gallon water.

  2. 2

    Rub cleaning solution into the yellow stain using a soft cloth. Rinse area well. If the stain is still apparent, create a slightly abrasive cleaning product.

  3. 3

    Create a cleaning paste by mixing together baking soda and a small amount of water. Use a soft cloth to apply the paste to the stained area. Scrub with a stiff bristled brush. In addition, consider using an old toothbrush to reach difficult cracks and crevices.

  4. 4

    Use warm water to thoroughly rinse baking soda mixture from the surface of the tub. If the area is still stained, you will have to use a stronger compound of trisodium phosphate (TSP) and water.

  5. 5

    Create another paste mixture with a small amount of TSP and water. Apply in the same manner as the baking soda paste. Rinse area thoroughly to remove all TSP residue.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a standard car wax to create a durable finish and shine on the tub surface.
  • Always wear rubber gloves when using cleaning products.
  • Never use a harsh abrasive such as a scouring pad. This will create permanent scratches on the tub surface.

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