Cleaning Lime Stains from a Bathtub?

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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 page about cleaning lime stains from a bathtub.
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October 1, 2006

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

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October 3, 20060 found this helpful

Have you tried the product Bar Keepers Friend??? They have a Lime and Rust remover cleaner.
Or even Lime Away.

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October 4, 20060 found this helpful

I've cleaned some rental appartments for a friend of mine. One time, a bathtub I had to clean was totally!!!

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disgusting. It was either clean it, or get a new one, so I took very fine steel wool (000) and comet or old dutch cleanser. It worked, and no scratches. I was amazed.

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By Dean (Guest Post)
October 5, 20060 found this helpful

You could go to Home Depot and get Lime Away or other type products they stock and follow directions on the bottle.It could be the stains have etched too deeply into the tub and may not be saved and would have to be refinished or replaced

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By Kelly (Guest Post)
October 5, 20060 found this helpful

On a show I just watched today they cleaned a really dirty tub with no fume oven cleaner. Spray it and let it sit for 10 minutes or so and then wipe and rinse.

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