Caring for Walk-In Tubs

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Caring for Walk-In Tubs

When it comes to handicap tubs for seniors and others with movement issues, cleanliness and care are important. There are only so many benefits you or your loved one can get if their portable walk-in tub is constantly dirty or in a state of disrepair.

At Heavenly Walk-In Tubs, we can help in this area. Here are some basic tips we offer on caring for our tubs on a daily and long-term basis.

Daily Checks

For starters, you should be checking basic cleanliness areas of the tub daily. While you or your loved one is using the bath, check to make sure all the basic functions are working, including faucets and any jets. After bathing, set the shower want to warm and rinse all the basic surfaces that may have grime or other substances stuck to them.

If you wash the tub about once a week using mild cleanser or a soap and water solution, this is all the daily maintenance that’s needed. Strong acrylic and gelcoat substances that make up your tub are great for protecting it, but this little bit of extra will make sure you’re in good shape.

Epsom Salts – In Moderate Amounts

Epsom salts can be wonderful for a soak in the tub, with benefits that include helping with inflammation, skin problems and various sicknesses. They’re perfect for many seniors.

However, they should be used in moderation. Epsom salts used regularly will slowly etch away at the tub’s finish, eventually showing in larger scratches. If you can keep your use moderate, you’ll avoid this for longer.

Areas to Avoid

There are a couple things to avoid putting in the walk-in tub:

  • Abrasive cleaners: All you need to clean the tub is soap and water, or a mild cleanser. Harsh chemicals are never required, and neither are abrasive or sharp tools like wire brushes or steel wool. These will scratch the finish and compromise features.
  • Oil products: Oil-based products in the tub can damage the tub, and additionally can make it slippery and unsafe for seniors. They can also make it tougher to clean.

For more on how to care for your tub, or to learn about any of our walk-in bathtub options, speak to the pros at Heavenly Walk-In Tubs today.