enamel is a hard, glass-like surface that is not easily scratched.
Cast iron bathtubs have a porcelain enamel surface that is fused to
the cast iron under high temperature. Porcelain enamel is acid
resistant but not acid proof. While it is very expensive to apply,
it is also one of the best heat resistant coatings available. However
over time if the incorrect cleaners are used, small pits or scratches
can occur that will trap dirt in the porcelain. Follow the directions
below for cleaning.
should I use to clean my cast iron tub?
Cast iron tubs should be cleaned with 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent (Mr. Clean,
Palmolive, etc.) to 1 gallon hot water or with a foaming bathroom
cleaner (Scrubbing Bubbles). Specialty porcelain cleaners are also an option, including environmentally friendly Cramer Kitchen & Bath Enamel Star. Avoid using any type of abrasive cleaner.
A solution of baking soda with warm water can be used to remove
soap scum and oil. Always rinse with plain water. Heavy deposits
of grease or soap scum can be removed with 1 tablespoon trisodium
phosphate in 1 gallon of hot water. Rinse thoroughly with plain
water. To remove paint spills, carefully use a razor blade to scrape
the paint off the porcelain surface.
The exterior of
the tub is coated with oil based paint. Soap and water should be
used to clean the outside of the bath. Avoid any type of mineral
do I need to repair my cast iron tub?
can be chipped, but only with a very hard blow. Cast iron tubs have a very long life span and will typically last 60+ years. If
your tub is chipped, we recommend the services of a professional
to repair the damaged area. Look in the yellow pages under "Porcelain
Repair". A special type of filling agent and paint is used
to fill in the damaged spot. Most professionals will warrant repairs
for 1 - 3 years.
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