Person using a sponge to clean the interior of a bathtub.
March 8, 2024

How to Clean a Bathtub: A Step-By-Step Guide

From dealing with soap scum, to hard water stains to the everyday grime that accumulates over time, knowing how to clean a bathtub properly can save you time and effort. Whether you’re looking to clean your personal bathroom, or wanting to help with your property rental, this guide will break down the best practices and products to keep your tub looking its best – the easy way.

Person using a sponge to clean the interior of a bathtub.


Step 1: Remove Everything From the Tub

The very first thing to do before you begin cleaning the bathtub is removing all toiletries and other items from the tub so you can get every nook and cranny.

Step 2: Clean the Tiles and Walls Around the Tub

You’ll want to work from top to bottom. Before focusing on the tub itself, address the tiles and walls that surround it. Spray them down with an all-purpose cleaner or a solution of water and vinegar for a natural alternative. Wipe them clean with a sponge or cloth, starting from the top and working your way down to prevent drips on already cleaned surfaces.

Step 3: Clear Out the Drain (As needed)

If your drain is slow or clogged, now’s the time to clear it out. Use a drain snake or a homemade mixture of baking soda and vinegar to break up and flush away any blockages.

Person using a sponge to clean the overflow drain cover of a bathtub.

Step 4: Apply an All-Purpose Cleaner All Over the Bathtub

Apply an all-purpose spray or foam cleaner generously to cover the entire surface of the tub. For tough grime, let the cleaner sit for a few minutes to break down the dirt. Using a scratch resistant sponge, wipe down the entirety of the bathtub including the faucet, handle(s), the overflow drain cover, and any shelving. 

You can also use a scrub brush as necessary to target any tough grime or stains. 

Step 5: Rinse Well and Wipe Everything One Last Time

After the cleaner has had time to work, rinse the tub thoroughly with water. Use a handheld showerhead or a bucket to wash away all traces of the cleaner, ensuring no residue is left behind.

Use a clean, dry towel or a microfiber cloth to wipe down the tub, removing any remaining moisture. This step helps prevent water spots and mildew growth.

Person wearing yellow gloves using a sponge to clean the faucet of a bathtub.

Bonus Tips: 

How to Clean Mold or Mildew

Mold and mildew require a specific approach. A solution of one part bleach to ten parts water can be effective. Apply it to the affected areas, let it sit for at least 10 minutes, then scrub gently with a soft brush before rinsing thoroughly.

How to Clean Tough Stains

For stubborn stains, make a paste of baking soda and water or hydrogen peroxide. Apply it directly to the stain, let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour, then scrub gently and rinse.

Avoiding Back Pain When Cleaning the Bathtub

While cleaning the bathtub can often take a toll on your body, it doesn’t have to. We recommend using a scrub brush with a long handle so you don’t have to lean over the entire time.

Enlist the Help of a Cleaning Company

At the end of the day, keeping the bathtub clean can be a cumbersome task. With the help of a professional cleaning crew, you can enjoy a perfectly clean bathtub without the stress or hassle of doing it yourself.

Plus, if you own an Airbnb or rental property, Magic Helpers offers automated cleaning services to ensure your property is always spotless.

Simply sync your calendar with our software to book Airbnb cleanings automatically after each check out and before each check-in. Plus, our app gives you full visibility of your rental so you can track the status of your Airbnb cleaning service and the condition of your rental after guests check out.

Enjoy a Spotless Bathroom

Cleaning your bathtub regularly is key to maintaining a spotless bathroom and ensuring a hygienic space for yourself or your guests. By following these steps and tips, you’ll not only keep your bathtub looking its best but also make the cleaning process more efficient and less of a chore. Remember, a little preventative maintenance goes a long way in keeping your bathtub clean and inviting.

And if you want a helping hand in keeping your bathroom clean, Magic Helpers is here to help! We’re your experts in Airbnb cleaning services, making every step that much simpler.

How to Clean a Bathtub: A Step-By-Step Guide