Walk in bathtubs are a growing necessity for seniors who want to age in place. The main benefit of a walk in tub is that they significantly reduce the risk of bathroom falls, which are all too common and can have devastating repercussions. In addition, walk in tubs can allow seniors to safely enjoy a bath without having to rely on others for assistance and study after study has concluded that maintaining a certain level of independence directly affects quality of life. When it comes to cleaning, maintaining, and prolonging the life of your tub, just a few simple steps can make a big difference.
Cleaning a walk in bathtub isn’t drastically different from cleaning a standard bathtub. You’ll still want to remove soap scum and water spots while protecting the tub’s surface. The main difference is that a walk in bath tub has a door that must seal water-tight. You don’t want to do anything that might compromise that seal. Take some general precautions when cleaning, and you’ll keep your walk in bathtub in top condition for years.
Here are some tips that will help you keep your bathroom clean and safe and help eliminate bacteria from your walk in tub:
- Wipe down wet surfaces after you shower or bathe. This simple, preventative measure will cut down on the amount of time you have to spend thoroughly scrubbing your tub.
- Weather permitting, leave your bathroom window open for an hour every day in order to let moisture escape and lower the room’s humidity level.
- AmeriGlide’s walk-in-tubs should only require a regular weekly cleaning. They are already resistant to mold and mildew, so maintenance should be relatively easy. Use only the type of cleaners recommended by the manufacturer.
If you follow these simple steps, you shouldn’t have to worry about tub stains or having to do any heavy duty scrubbing. However, if you do develop a touch stain, avoid using an abrasive cleaner that will scratch the surface and make it dull over time. Simply keeping your tub dry should be enough to prevent the build-up of soap scum and mildew.
For more information on walk in tubs and how they can improve your life and facilitate aging in place, give us a call today!