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Old 03-25-2018, 02:27 PM   #1
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Best items to clean inside of old iron clawfoot tub?


I am holding off getting the inside reglazed due to cost. The porcelain coating looks a little dirty in a few places inside. There is no rust showing through thank goodness. There are no dings or chips either

I would like to gently deep clean, but googling has offered contradictory advice. On one hand stay away from cleaning w/lemon juice or vinegar, or a small amount of ammonia and baking soda with lots of warm water. This is supposed to cause the remaining porcelain to crack, introducing rust stains. Hydrogen peroxide is supposed to clean well and not introduce porcelain cracks.

Then, I have read the opposite is true.

I know to stay away from abrasive comet-type cleaners and bleach.

Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 03-25-2018, 02:34 PM   #2
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Why don't you want to use bleach? It will work wonders for you. Of course, don't use it straight & don't try to clean it all in one shot. Mix a couple ounces with water. Apply it with a sponge. Wear gloves. Do a little each day.
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Bleach is supposed to introduce small cracks into the porcelain and create rust stains from the cast iron. Has this worked well for you? I don't want to make a small problem worse. Thx!
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I haven't seen a claw foot tub since the 50s in Brooklyn but we used bleach all the time on porcelain when I worked in NYC office buildings. If you want to try something else first, try toothpaste.
Pepsodent commercial: You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.
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Soft Scrub cleanser with a sponge, Worked for years when my grandmother had one, kept the ring away, and the finish smooth.


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We've used Gel-Scrub to clean fiberglass showers for 20 years with no ill effects. It contains Phosphoric acid. I purchase it at a janitorial supply.

I've been called a lot of things but I'm not a Guinea Pig so use at your own risk.

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I haven't seen a claw foot tub since the 50s in Brooklyn but we used bleach all the time on porcelain when I worked in NYC office buildings. If you want to try something else first, try toothpaste.
Pepsodent commercial: You'll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.
The cleaning agent in toothpaste is probably powered pumice. Feel the gritty. See my teeth.
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Ok, I'm calling on a bit of my friend Clorox and a lot of warm water. You guys are a lot more reliable than google searches! Thx!!
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Just read an article the other day about this, it said to use Bar keepers friend, and sprinkle on a damp sink, let stand for a couple of minutes then scrub with a sponge.
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