Fiberglass Tub

Category: Maintenance

Cleaning without scratching!

Dear Maintenance Men:

How do I get a fiberglass tub clean without scratching the surface?


Dear John:

The nice thing about fiberglass tubs and showers is that no matter how dirty they get, they are fairly easy to clean up. Be careful not to use any abrasives on the fiberglass, such as scouring pads, steel wool, or gritty cleaning solutions. “Soft Scrub” may be used sparingly on soap scum buildup. “Lime-Away” may be used for hard water mineral deposits, but read the directions and look for the fiberglass warning or approval statement. If you have very tough stains, moisten a cloth with clean Acetone solvent or nail polish remover. Do not let the Acetone pool as it may soften the fiberglass material. Acetone and many other cleaners have very strong vapors, so it is important to ventilate the area properly. After all the cleaning is done, the fiberglass surface may be dull. Use a fiberglass conditioner and glossing paste to bring the tub or shower back to its original condition. You can use a product called “Gel Gloss” to bring back the shine. 

Frank Alvarez Buffalo Maintenance, Inc.

Jerry L’Ecuyer Real Estate Broker involved with apartments since 1988