Care and Maintenance
Cleaning your reglazed surfaces
Caring for your new tub reglaze, clawfoot tub or tile refinishing job by Tub Coaters is much easier than many think! Many are shocked to hear how easy the new surface is to be cleaned after being refinished. The waterproof, slick surface makes for a very easy clean. We recommend soft and non-abrasive, bleach free cleaners such as dawn dishwashing liquid. Yes, you can buy dawn dishwashing liquid (without bleach) and use it for both your kitchen and bathroom. It is very soft on the hands and convenient to find at any major grocery store, etc. The clean is as effortless as your kitchen dish or cup. A rinse, slight clean/scrub and rinse is all thats needed. However, just like with many new surfaces, they are much easier to clean if you maintain a clean surface. “Playing catch-up” in trying to clean your surfaces after having not cleaned them over a long extended period of time, can create difficulties in which one may feel compelled to use a more abrasive cleaner to get the job done. This is counter-productive for this will result in scratches on the surface, allowing dirty to easily collect on your refinished tub or tile surround in the future. Thus, dirt will continue to collect faster and become harder and harder to clean. The cycle will continue. This is why it is best to protect your refinished surfaces by always using soft cleaners such as dawn dishwashing liquid and clean frequently. Enjoy the luster and smooth finish of your reglazed surfaces for possibly decades!
Objects in or around your reglazed tub and tile…
This part is simple. Keep all objects out of the tub! This sounds like common sense, but we all often tend to forget that with a brand new tub and newly installed tile, the same risks apply. Rings are found on the tops of tubs in most of our customers homes from years of bottles resting in the same positions. The same thing will happen with a refinished tub in due time. We recommend shower head hanging bottle and soap holders which are readily available at your local retail store. Hard objects can and will crack almost anything in your home if it hits the surface hard enough and your tub is no exception. Keep hard tools and objects away.
Should I reglaze before or after a bathroom remodel?
This is a question that we are often posed with. The answer is either. There are benefits and drawbacks of both options. In many situations of bathroom remodeling it is conducive to have our company do the reglazing after the dozens of contractors have finished their cutting, sanding, painting, plumbing, etc, for our refinishing job wonʼt run the risk of being damaged in any way. However, in many situations, you will find it better for us to complete the refinishing before the other contracted jobs are done. For example, tiled areas being toilets and vanities can be reglazed if done before the “finished” products are installed. Many areas would no longer be capable of reglazing after they have been partially covered/blocked from reach. Also, it is common for many of our customers replace trim (visible fixtures that connect to the plumbing, ie faucet spouts, hot/cold water valves) during their bathroom renovations. It would be best to have the tiled walls refinished before doing so, for this would alleviate the concern of some un-refinished areas being exposed after the new fixtures are installed, due to the fact that no two trim sets will cover the same exact areas. With claw foot tubs, most customers have these refinished in the area of use, while still connected to plumbing. However, the few customers who choose to have the entire claw foot refinished, can only do so if the claw foot is totally removed out of the room, refinished, then installed in the desired position.
Working around your reglazed surfaces.
If you were to ever decide to have work done either in your tub (plumbing) or around your reglazed surfaces, it is important to exercise precaution. Although our finishes can last for 20 years, they are not damage proof. The surface under the finish can be cracked if hit by hard objects and work tools such as hammers, drills and other tools used for plumbing and fixture installs. We always recommend placing tarps in and over the whole tub if one were to need to step into a tub. Additionally a piece of cardboard can be placed on the bottom of the tub for added protection. Cardboard can serve as a basic “cushion,” that can help to prevent chips if something were dropped. In any event the “name of the game” is precaution.