Care & Maintenance
Congratulations! Your bathtub, shower, countertop, or any surface we have refinished for you, is now beautiful again. You should have enjoyable use and trouble-free maintenance as long as you care for it properly and use recommended products to clean and maintain the surface.
Note: These are general guidelines for caring for your refinished surface. In most cases a refinished surface requires 24 to 48 hours (at room temperature) until it should be used normally again. Although the refinished surface can be put back into full use after this time, the surface may actually continue to harden for up to 30 days.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR REFINISHED BATHTUB, SHOWER OR ANY NEWLY REFINISHED SURFACE
Our cleaning instructions are the same instructions that most all bathtub manufacture companies instruct, for cleaning their brand new bathtubs and fixtures. We recommend using the same care for your refinished surface that you would use to wash the hood of a new car. Never use abrasive cleaners. The refinished surface is non-porous; a mild, non-abrasive soap combined with a soft cloth and water will clean your refinished surface. The best way to care for and maintain your refinished bathtub is to wipe it down with a towel after each use. Regular cleaning is important to prevent dirt and soap scum build-up that will hide the beauty of the finish. For normal cleaning, you should use a mild soap and water with a soft wash cloth. Should you wish to use a product not listed below, test on small area in a corner before applying to the entire surface. Always review individual cleaner’s instructions, and always rinse thoroughly after cleaning.
Other Useful Tips:
Cleaning pad or brush designed for use on Teflon surfaces also works well. Do not allow any cleaners to remain on the surface for an extended period of time before thoroughly rinsing off. Cleaning Products: Recommended cleaning products for refinished surfaces include Formula 409, Dow, Scrub Free, Fantastic, Windex, Mr. Clean, and dish washing soaps such as Dawn, Joy, and Ivory. In extreme cases where the recommended cleaners do not work, use diluted mild abrasive cleaners such as Soft Scrub or Liquid Comet. Do not use Comet or Ajax, steel wool, wire brushes, harsh abrasives, bleach, ammonia or cleaners containing ammonia, or scratch pads. Use of these chemicals could cause a dull surface and/or an easily recognizable chemical crack, or could cause the refinished surface to peel and void the warranty. Drain Cleaners: Liquid drain cleaners are recommended over powders and/or crystal. However, when using liquid drain cleaning agents bail the standing water out of the bathtub and remove the drain plug. Use a funnel to prevent spills and apply the chemicals directly down the drain. Always make sure that chemicals do not come in contact with the new surface. Use drain cleaners sparingly so that they do not boil out and attack the new surface. Do not drop sharp or heavy objects on the finish. Newly refinished surfaces may have some surface dust particles which may have settled into the new surface. Because the surface is still within its long-term cure period, normal use and regular cleaning will remove most all minor surface dust marks. DO NOT PICK OR TRY TO REMOVE PARTICLES AS THIS MAY DAMAGE THE SURFACE. If, over a few months of normal use, these do not disappear, please give us a call, and we will discuss the next step.
Refinishing is an excellent, affordable way to keep tubs, showers, counters and sinks looking good for years to come. Taking proper care of these surfaces will extend the life of the fixture and maximize your investment. Refinishing your bathroom fixtures and countertops is an effective option to the high cost of remodeling, but does require some common sense care to extend the service life.