Contrary to student myth, baths are NOT 'self-cleaning' - here's how to avoid nasty rings.
Every day: Get in the habit of wiping down the bath after each use and limescale won't have a chance to build up.
Plastic or acrylic baths scratch easily, so steer away from abrasive cleaners - a gentle wipe over with a mild bathroom cleaner and soft cloth should be enough.
If you find yourself faced with a mightily grubby bath, try filling it with warm water, chucking in a scoop or two of biological washing powder and leaving overnight.
Enamelled baths are slightly tougher than acrylic, but are not totally scratch proof either, so leave the scrubbing brush alone. Stains on the enamel can be treated with a paste of bicarbonate of soda mixed with a drop of water. See below for limescale treatments.
Cast-iron baths - take great care with these - always test new products on an inconspicuous area before sloshing it all over. Avoid products with anti-limescale ingredients as they may cause the enamel to dull. Instead, remove limescale with a solution of half vinegar, half water, applied with a soft cloth to the area of limescale - avoiding other parts of the enamel.
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