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Porcelain and Cast Iron Tub Repair

"Cast Iron tubs have a porcelain enamel surface that is fused to the cast iron under high temperature."

Porcelain Tub Repair and Cleaning Information

Authors Website: http://www.clawfootsupply.com/

Porcelain enamel is a hard, glass-like surface that is not easily scratched. Cast Iron tubs have a porcelain enamel surface that is fused to the cast iron under high temperature. Porcelain enamel is acid resistant but not acid proof. While it is very expensive to apply, it is also one of the best heat resistant coatings available. However over time if the incorrect cleaners are used, small pits or scratches can occur that will trap dirt in the porcelain. Follow the directions below for cleaning.

What should I use to clean my cast iron tub?

Cast Iron tubs should be cleaned with 1 tablespoon of liquid detergent (Mr. Clean, Palmolive, etc.) to 1 gallon hot water or with a foaming bathroom cleaner(Scrubbing Bubbles). Avoid using any type of abrasive cleaner. A solution of baking soda with warm water can be used to remove soap scum and oil. Always rinse with plain water. Heavy deposits of grease or soap scum can be removed with 1 tablespoon trisodium phosphate in 1 gallon of hot water. Rinse thoroughly with plain water. To remove paint spills, carefully use a razor blade to scrape the paint off the porcelain surface.

The exterior of the tub is coated with oil based paint. Soap and water should be used to clean the outside of the bath. Avoid any type of mineral spirits.

What do I need to repair my cast iron tub?

Porcelain enamel can be chipped, but only with a very hard blow. Cast Iron tubs have a very long life span and will typically last 60+ years. If your tub is chipped, we recommend the services of a professional to repair the damaged area. Look in the yellow pages under "Porcelain Repair". A special type of filling agent and paint is used to fill in the damaged spot. Most professionals will warrant repairs for 1 - 3 years.

Clawfoot Supply
1379 Jamike Drive
Erlanger, KY 41018

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