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What Type of Bathtub is Easiest to Clean?

May 04, 2021

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If you’re about to invest in a new bathtub for your home, you’ll want to consider a few things before making your final purchase. One of the most important decisions you can weigh is the material your bathtub will be made from, as the type of bathtub you choose will determine how much effort you’ll have to put in when it comes to cleaning and general upkeep. So, which tub material is the easiest to maintain? To keep it simple: Acrylic is the easiest tub to clean—especially when the acrylic tub in question is from Jacuzzi Bath Remodel.

However, since everyone loves a good compare-and-contrast moment, we’re explaining our answer by weighing the differences between the top four types of bathtub materials: cast iron, proprietary composites, fiberglass, and of course, acrylic. Without further ado, here’s your countdown from hardest to easiest to clean to the winning, most low maintenance bathtub material:

Cast-Iron Tubs

Are they durable? Absolutely! But are they easy to clean? Not so much. Cast-iron bathtubs are usually coated with a thick layer of enamel. Over time, this enamel can chip—especially if you don’t follow the suggested maintenance routines carefully.

Proprietary Composites

This umbrella term is used to describe the unique combination of a wide variety of bathtub materials: porcelain, enamel, resins, and heavy-gauge steel. While this type of tub is up-and-coming in the marketplace, it’s still liable to chip over time if not maintained correctly.

Fiberglass Tubs

While fiberglass tubs are among the most affordable options, this super-lightweight design can quickly fade, crack, and scratch with daily use. They are usually as customizable and can be easier to install than cast-iron and composite tubs, but they typically have a lifespan of only around 15 years when maintained properly.

Acrylic

If you want a bathtub that stays looking brand-new, resists stains, and is one less thing to deep clean, acrylic is your friend. Compared to other bathtub materials, acrylic baths are the easiest to clean. Here’s why:

They’re Nonporous

Once installed, an acrylic tub is easy to maintain thanks to its nonporous surface, which is stain-resistant. This design makes cleaning with a nonabrasive cleanser simple—all you have to do is wipe down the tub (no scrubbing required) to help it retain its luster, color, and showroom condition.

They Impede Limescale Buildup

Soap scum and limescale are the two most difficult things to clean up in the tub. Acrylic naturally repels this buildup, helping you stretch the time between—and decreasing the frequency of—bathroom “deep” cleans.

Why Does Having a Low Maintenance Tub Matter?

OK, so you know that acrylic is the easiest type of bathtub to clean, but why does that matter? We can think of a few good reasons, such as:

  • It’s one more chore you can take off your regular to-do list.
  • You don’t need to spend so much money on heavy cleaners.
  • There are no intense chemical smells or fumes to breathe in.
  • Your back and knees will benefit from not needing to bend down to scrub.
  • An acrylic bathtub (especially a Jacuzzi®bathtub) can increase the resale value of your home.
  • Stains won’t stick around after you dye your hair at home or use fancy bath bombs for your self-care session.
  • You won’t have to worry about health hazards caused by buildup of mold, mildew, and bacteria.

And if all of that isn’t enough, acrylic is also an easier type of bathtub to have installed. In fact, a custom acrylic bathtub like those crafted by Jacuzzi® can typically be installed in as little as one day. Easier to clean and quicker to install—what’s not to love about that?

Benefits of a Jacuzzi® Bathtub

Jacuzzi® bathtubs are expertly crafted from nonporous acrylic that is specifically designed to promote ease of maintenance. In addition to the aforementioned perks, Jacuzzi® acrylic bathtubs are equipped with unique antimicrobial protection. Infused with silver ions, Jacuzzi® tubs prevent bacteria, mold, and other microbes from growing. In addition to this advanced design, Jacuzzi® bathtubs are not short on aesthetic appeal and can be customized with:

  • Exclusive hydrotherapeutic features that support complete mind and body relaxation
  • Color, pattern, and texture options for an attractive appearance that enhances the entire bathroom
  • Storage and shelving to optimize the bathtub space and enable users to store toiletries appropriately
  • Safety and accessibility features such as grab bars and seating to promote a more comfortable bathing experience

The Company to Trust for Your Bathtub Replacement

Don’t make the mistake of buying a new bathtub with intense cleaning requirements. Instead, choose Jacuzzi Bath Remodel for your tub replacement project. We’ll help you design your new tub down to the last detail with your choice of aesthetic and functional features, and one of our authorized dealers will complete the installation flawlessly in as little as one day when the time comes.

If a step-in shower is more your style than a bathtub, we can help you there too. In addition to premium Jacuzzi® bathtubs, we also specialize in creating custom Jacuzzi® shower systems and tub-to-shower conversions—all of which are built with the same low-maintenance acrylic as our bathtubs. Contact our team to connect with a certified local in your area!

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