Cleaning Lime Stains from a Bathtub

Bathroom fixtures need periodic cleaning to remove the mineral deposits left by hard water. These calcium and magnesium scales can be difficult to remove and can make your tub look dull and chalky. This is a guide about cleaning lime stains from a bathtub.


October 1, 2006 Flag
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How do I clean lime from my bathtub? It's an older house that I just moved into, probably built in the 1950's or so. The bathtub looks as if the last person that lived here never cleaned it! I tried the regular bathtub cleaners and nothing has worked. It seems to be built up from hard water stains and gets worse towards the drain. I'm thinking it's a thick layer of lime. It's so freagin gross! There is also some grout on the sides.

Erica from San Antonio, TX

July 14, 20070 found this helpful

I have had the same trouble, and I have tried everything - bleach, peroxide, limeaway etc. and nothing worked. I thought i was going to have to re-glaze it, but then I found the MAGIC ERASER from Mr. Clean (Extra Strength) and now my tub is gleaming white. I would have never believed it but as a last ditch effort I tried it, and it worked! Good Luck!!

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July 16, 20070 found this helpful

how do I clean the green rings in my toilet, It's only 2 years old and I have a well.

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May 31, 20080 found this helpful

My bathtub had stains from a rubber bathmat, and I could not get them out. Then I read the post here about MAGIC ERASER - it works! I have spent so many hours trying so many other cleaners and home remedies, all to no avail. The Magic Eraser worked immediately, and completely removed the stains. Thank you!

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

Lime-Away is my choice for lime.

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November 5, 20110 found this helpful

January 1, 2011 Flag
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How do you remove accumulated calcium stains or lime stains from a porcelain tub?

By Nora from Lake Ozark, MO

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January 4, 20110 found this helpful

My bathroom fixtures are 40-50 years old. For at least 25 years, I've been cleaning them with a powdered cleanser called Zud. If you've had your problem for a while, wet down the stains and shake the Zud on flat surfaces. If it's really bad, use wet paper towels or newspapers to cover it and keep it wet longer. For tub sides, ceramic tile, or other vertical surfaces, use a wet cloth. Sprinkle a section of the cloth with Zud, then fold it together so the Zud is wet. Reopen and wipe generously onto vertical surfaces, then go away and just leave it alone. After 15-20 minutes, go back and wash it off. If there are problem areas, do it again, leave it longer. Once the problem areas are cleared up, the job becomes much easier if done with reasonable regularity. Zud comes in a canister-type container like Comet or Ajax. Good luck! --shoe

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January 4, 20110 found this helpful

A bottle of Lime Away should do it. It is sold everywhere.

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