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Cast Iron Care and Repair

 

 
Cast Iron Care & Repair
 
 
Whether you are cleaning or repairing your new cast iron kitchen sink for the first time or refurbishing a vintage clawfoot tub, there are methods to make the task easier. Cast iron bathtubs and sinks are coated with a hard, glass-like porcelain enamel that is fused to the cast iron under high temperatures, which makes them extremely durable and scratch resistant.
 
 
Soaking a cloth in a bucket of soapy water.
Cleaning Cast Iron
Soaking a cloth in a bucket of soapy water.
For standard weekly cleaning, mix 1 gallon of hot water with 2 tablespoons of your favorite gentle dish soap. Choosing a soap that contains a grease-cutting formula works great for removing soap scum. A soft wash cloth or sponge can be used for scrubbing, followed by a thorough rinse with clean water.

For deeper cleaning, mix 1 gallon of hot water with ¼ cup of baking soda and ¼ cup of ammonia. Ammonia is great for getting rid of heavier deposits of grease and soap scum. Use a non-abrasive sponge for scrubbing. Rough sponges or steel wool should be avoided, as they will scratch the surface. Rinse well with clean water, and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth after cleaning.
Soaking a cloth in a bucket of soapy water.
 
 
Freestanding Slipper Bathtub
Cast Iron Repair
Freestanding Slipper Bathtub
While the porcelain enamel over the cast iron is very resilient, it is possible to chip the coating as the result of a hard impact. It is recommended that you consult a professional for repairing chipped porcelain, as special materials are required and a professional will typically warrant their work for 1-3 years. Porcelain enamel repair kits are available on the market, however, and if you choose to take this route it is important that you follow the instructions very closely.
Freestanding Slipper Bathtub
 
 
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