How do I get rid of bathtub stains

Linda Steward
by Linda Steward
I've been here almost 4 years, have tried everything folks have suggested, haven't been able to get rid of them. And I can't afford to move. I absolutely hate this eyesore
  17 answers
  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jan 09, 2018

    this looks like a cast iron or porcelain tub??? have you tried krud kutter found at home depot? they make a paint you roll on to cover stains as well

  • Deborah Davidson Deborah Davidson on Jan 09, 2018

    I found relief by using the non caustic oven cleaner.

  • Ken Ken on Jan 09, 2018

    I cannot address what you have already tried but can tell you what worked for me. This appears to be a steel tub but the porcelain coating is the same as used on cast iron, like mine. I tried many things too. The one that worked is Kohler Cast Iron Sink Cleaner. Looks like Soft Scrub but it's a different formulation. Made my tub, which looked every bit as bad as yours, glisten. Takes a lot of rubbing but if you do a bit at a time it is manageable. Please let us know if you try it and the results.

  • Pg Pg on Jan 09, 2018

    You may need to resurface the tub.

    Here are some options and advice on this, plus an article on doing it yourself. Best wishes on this.

  • Amanda Amanda on Jan 09, 2018

    Hi Linda. You can try CLR. Just make sure it won't ruin the tub. I am not sure the material of yours. Also wear gloves.

  • Patti Patti on Jan 09, 2018

    Remove & replace or have a fiberglass overlay installed. I had “professionally done” re-surfaced a perfectly good 🛁cast iron porcelain coated tub just to change the color. �HUGE MISTAKE !!! Had it redone ”professionally” twice. We have not used the tub since because it’s still peeling. It now gets dusted/gently wiped out when needed.

  • Patti Patti on Jan 09, 2018

    see above

  • William William on Jan 09, 2018

    Easy Off No Fume Oven Cleaner in the BLUE can. Spray it on and let it sit till it liquefies. Rinse well. May need a little scrubbing. Wear gloves.

  • Kathleen Langford Kathleen Langford on Jan 09, 2018

    I've attached a link to a video. Please excuse the man's rough way of talking, but he does have a good solution.

  • Jane Fletcher Kelly Jane Fletcher Kelly on Jan 11, 2018

    I used a mixture of vinegar and Dawn dish soap (in the blue bottle). 1 C vinegar and 1 C Dawn. I heated the vinegar for 1 minute in the microwave, mixed the two into a spray bottle. My horribly stained tub came out like new!

  • Margaret Margaret on Jan 11, 2018

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  • Sandra Sandra on Jan 12, 2018

    I had the same problem only worse. Mine was turning from yellow to a strange gray color. I ended up having my tub recoated By a professional who does porcelain recoating for local hotels. It cost about $400 when I did it 9 years ago. It wasn’t totally perfect like a brand new tub, but it was white and glossy and looked very good for a 55 year old tub. Over the years there have been a few very small spots that have chipped off. Overall, it still looks pretty good for its age. I think it was a good option for me At the time, especially when considering the cost and labor of removing the old tub and installing a new one. I expect this tub to last for several more years.

  • Tina Tina on Jan 13, 2018

    Bar keeper's friend is a great one, so is iron out, iron out stinks but you sprinkle it on wet tub and let it sit. After a few minutes wipe away and rinse. Reapply to any remaining stain. Also works great in toilet.

    If iron out doesn't remove stain you will have to repaint it with the tube resurfacing kit. Kits are easy to use and it's not like you're going to make it worse. Lol

  • J scott J scott on Jan 14, 2018

    Use easy off over cleaner this should do the


  • Linda Steward Linda Steward on Jan 14, 2018