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What is the best and safest way to clean water spots off a newly installed acrylic bath / shower walls?

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Posted by: from Thunder Bay
8/6/2018 at 9:04:14 AM

I have just installed a new acrylic tub and shower wall combination. After only a couple of weeks, I can already see the telltale water marks from lime / calicium in the water. What is the safest and easiest way to clean the walls? I have read vinegar, then I read DON'T use vinegar, the same thing goes for Simple Green - use it / dont use it, and Magic Eraser. We don't need to consider anything abrasive like Ajax / Comet or the like ( it goes without saying ) but I am just so confused now, and I don't want to destroy something I have put a lot of time and work into. Thanks.

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Terry from Hi Experts in Windsor
Date/Time8/6/2018 at 3:25:56 PM

You can use dawn dish soap and a non abrasive sponge. With its geese fighting properties it works well in bathtubs and showers.

Test in a small 2 in x 2 in section of your tub and if you like the results continue with the remainder of the area.

You may want to consider getting a whole house water filter or even a water softener to help with hard water issues.

Hope this helps!

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Dave from Crown Choice in Nanaimo
Date/Time8/7/2018 at 12:30:25 AM

Also use a marine wax when you get it clean and wipe it down after every shower...

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George from GNRenovations in Montreal
Date/Time8/7/2018 at 1:37:04 AM

Green cleaning products are safe.

50/50 vinegar-water solution only for tough stains.

For tough stains, try using lemon cut in half and rub it over the rough area until the hard water deposits loosen. Then rinse with water, and then wipe it dry with a microfiber cloth.

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Date/Time8/7/2018 at 9:57:18 AM

to clean your acrylic walls what we recommend using is one parts water to three parts vinegar. Doing this once a week will keep your walls looking beautiful FOREVER! You can use a soft wash cloth or a squeegee, but nothing to firm as it can scratch the walls. For normal everyday cleaning use a delicate cleaner and a soft wash cloth and always rinse throughly with warm water after cleaning.

Recommended cleaners besides the vinegar and water are: Scrub free, Fantastic, Formula 409, Bathroom Duck. USE ONLY products whose labels state that they are safe for acrylic. If you are trying out a new cleaner do test a small part of the wall before applying to complete bath area to ensure it does not damage the walls.

DO NOT USE: Scrubbing Bubbles, Abrasive Cleaners, Ajax, Comet, Tilex, Soft Scrub, Mr. Clean, Ammonia, Tough Act and Powder or Crystal Drain Cleaners.

I would not recommend the Magic Eraser. But if it states that Simple Green can be used on acrylic walls, I would say its safe to use that.

Hope this help,

Bath Planet of Ottawa

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