Why is My Tub Changing Colors?

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Why is My Tub Changing Colors?

Posted on August 9, 2022 by Melbourne Plumber

Sometimes you may notice parts or all of your bathtub will start to change colors. This is more common than you may think. In this article we go into the various reasons why your tub may be changing colors.

  1. The number one reason for coloring in your tub is hard water. Hard water is basically water which has high mineral deposits. The colors left behind by hard water can be orange or brown in nature. Limestone deposits may form in your pipes over time as well. You can prevent all of this by hiring a plumber to install a water softener at the main line point.
  2. Soap scum – This one is very common as well. Over a period of time soap residue can build on the surface of your tub and make the appearance change. The good news is that this is totally reversible.
  3. Chemical Cleaners – Sometimes the cleaners may do such a good job removing dirt or film that it may actually warp the coloring of the tub. Be careful what type of cleaner you use and make sure to read the label. This is especially important with chrome finish.
  4. Mildew – This is a gross natural moldy type film which forms over time in areas which are regularly wet. The good news is that most cleaner, even all-natural ones, can take care of your mildew problem.

Nobody wants to obsess over their bathtub and its cleanliness but every few weeks give it a good wipe down and maybe use some commercial cleaner from time to time. The appearance of the tub will stay nice and clean.