March 4, 2015
How to Clean a Whirlpool Bathtub
Have a whirlpool tub that needs a good cleaning? Today I’m sharing the best way to clean (really clean) your whirlpool tub. With the jets and additional mechanisms, a whirlpool tub is more difficult to clean than a standard bathtub, but with regular cleaning you can soak knowing that your whirlpool tub is perfectly clean.
This really depends on the frequency of use, but I recommend using this method monthly to quarterly if you use your whirlpool tub frequently and biannually or annually if you use your tub infrequently.
Clean the Tub
Begin by filling your tub with hot water to about three inches above the jets. Add four tablespoons of powdered dishwasher detergent and 1/2 cup of vinegar or bleach to the water. My preference is vinegar, but if I was moving into a new house and wanted to thoroughly clean the tub, or if there is mold present when running the jets, I would look at using bleach. The detergent will serve to loosen and remove any greasy residue left behind by soap or bubble bath from the jets while the vinegar or bleach will disinfect. Turn the jets on at full capacity and allow it to run for 15 minutes.
Rinse the Tub
Empty the tub and fill it with cold water to three inches above the jet level once again. Turn on the jets and run for an additional fifteen minutes to remove any remaining residue and thoroughly rinse the tub.
Wipe Clean and Detail Jets
After completing these two cycles, use a cleaning rag and wipe away any residue that remains. You can also use a toothbrush or similar small brush to reach into the crevices of the mechanisms and get at any particles that are hidden in the interior of the jets.
Clean the Surface
Is the surface of your tub in need of a little cleaning as well? Try using a non-abrasive cleaner to gently scrub the interior of your tub (see this post for my favorite products for deep bathroom cleaning). Be sure not to use any sort of an abrasive cleaner as this could potentially scratch the surface. Use a toothbrush around the handles and the faucet and follow with wiping down the interior with a cleaning cloth or rag.