How to Clean an Old Porcelain Tub

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We all know that the tub is possibly the worst thing to clean in the bathroom since it requires a lot of effort and time. However, if you have porcelain tub, the troubles can be even bigger. But, that doesn’t mean that it is not doable, it simply means that you need to put a little bit more effort.

Now, let’s see exactly how you can clean an old porcelain tub properly.


Everything you need to know in order to clean your old porcelain tub properly will be discussed here, so let’s begin.

1) Prepare for the cleaning

In order to prepare for the cleaning, all you need to do is to make a mixture that will help you clean your old porcelain tub properly. Now, for this step, you need to use a five-gallon bucket. The first thing you want to add to the bucket is two gallons of water. The second thing is the vinegar, but make sure not to add too much of it, it is recommendable to add ¼ cup of vinegar.

Next, mix the whole thing and make sure that the ingredients are well mixed in the bucket.

2) Wipe the interior of the tub

After you already made the mixture, now it is time to prepare the tub for deep cleaning. Now, all you need for this step is a damp rag. Take the damp rag and start scrubbing the interior of the tub. Make sure to get initial dirt and dust off when it comes to the surface.

This is important because you will later know exactly the right areas and parts of the porcelain tub that needs deeper cleaning.

3) Sponge time

Now, after you successfully prepared the tub for the cleaning, and made the right mixture, it is time to start cleaning the tub with the sponge.

The first thing you want to do here is to dip the sponge into the mixtures of vinegar and water. Make sure to dip it several times so the sponge can suck the right amount of mixture.

Next, take the sponge and start scrubbing the tub from the sides to the center. The whole interior should be covered, it is important, to begin with the sides since that way you will let some of the mixtures from the sponge to travel to the bottom of the tub which will ease your cleaning.

However, if you come across on the hard stains, you can always use a toothbrush or soft-bristled scrub. Just make sure not to damage the porcelain tub with the applying of too much pressure.

4) Rinse the tub

The last part is to rinse the tub with warm water in order to get the whole process of cleaning to an end. You can basically do this however you want. Just make sure to apply the warm water to the interior of the tub.

However, it is recommendable to let the vinegar mixture do the work for a period of 5 minutes after the scrubbing. This way, you will make sure to get the best possible result.

Anyhow, do this step a couple of times if you want, since that way you will ensure that the tub will be cleaned properly.


With everything we said about the process of cleaning the old porcelain tub, we can safely conclude that it isn’t that hard to do all of the steps. Just make sure to follow every step correctly and you will be fine.

Also, clean your tub every week like this and you will get the best possible result.

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by Shelly Rhoades
Having recognized the need for accessible and affordable solutions in the remodeling industry, Shelly founded Affordable Kitchen and Baths with the mission of helping homeowners create their dream spaces without breaking the bank. Her dedication to providing reliable advice and quality resources has garnered her a loyal following and established her as a go-to resource for anyone looking to transform their kitchen or bathroom.

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