Help! My terra cotta pots left red stains on my cream-colored, fiberglass jacuzzi. Soft Scrub did not remove them. Any other ideas?
By Carol from Perrysburg, OH
Being a cleaning lady of 25 yrs., I would take a fairly thick pad of plain white paper towels (6 or 8 sheets) and saturate it with bleach to let sit overnight. (Plain white so the print will not transfer). If that is not successful, you may try a product called 'WHINK' & use it the same way. If that doesn't work, try calling a jacuzzi dealer?
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The floor of our fiberglass shower stall is white in color and has some very noticeable stains. We were told not to use abrasives to clean this floor, but how can we get the stains out? Any help will be greatly appreciated.
James from Toms River, NJ
Heavy soap scum buildup: Occasionally use a mild abrasive, such as "Bon Ami" or "Soft Scrub" do not use them for regular cleaning.
Hard water mineral deposits: Occasionally remove with products specifically designed to remove such deposits that state on label they are safe for fiberglass; these are usually mild acids such as "Lime-Away" which contains some phosphoric acid, but is safe for consumer use; rubber gloves should be worn when applying, and label instructions followed exactly.
Tough stains such as tar, adhesives, oil paints, etc: Moisten clean cloth with a solvent such as acetone (nail polish remover) or paint thinner and rub stained area lightly until stain disappears. Use the minimum amount of solvent needed. Do not let solvent go down drain or touch any plastic items. Wipe off with clean cloth dampened in water. Be very careful using solvents. Do not use around heat or flame, do not smoke, keep container capped, have plenty of ventilation.
This article was written by Anne Field, Extension Specialist, Emeritus, with references from Wisconsin Extension bulletin Maintaining Your Home - Care of Bathtub Enclosures. Michigan State University Extension (11/28/2005)