Bathtub Stain Removal

Bathtub stains can happen for a variety of reasons. Bacteria can grow on the surface due to moisture. Or hard water can cause mineral deposits that stain the surface. Bath bombs can leave a stain as well depending on the color.

Depending on the severity of the stain, sometimes it can be scrubbed off quite easily. Using cleaning supplies such as Comet, Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide can get mild stains out of bathtubs most of the time. If the stain has gone untreated for a longer period of time, it may be harder to get off the surface. Also, the cleaning supplies listed above can be abrasive and harsh, causing damage to the bathtub surface.

If the bathtub is stained and no matter how much scrubbing is done, they won’t leave, the surface could be permanently damaged. If that’s the case, refinishing is a good option. Refinish First can repair and refinish the bathtub surface and make it look brand new.

Replacing the bathtub doesn’t make sense unless a complete bathroom renovation is being done. Refinishing costs less and takes way less time than replacement. Give Refinish First a call for a free estimate or visit their website.

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Vintage Bathroom with a Colored Bathtub

Vintage bathrooms are all about fun colors. In the 1950’s and 1960’s interior decorators used a lot of pastels. This trend also carried over to bathroom decorating, where bathtubs escaped the normal white shade and went lavender, yellow, aqua, pink, and green.

Homeowners can use these colors to create a vintage-inspired bathroom. With a pink, blue or lavender bathtub, homeowners can design a spa-like bathroom by making it the focal point of the room. To do this, use a variety of white shades for the rest of the bathroom.

For a more classic feel, mix traditional features with a yellow, mint green or pink bathtub. Pink and green or blue and yellow were common color combinations back then. Add a pedestal sink and a checkered floor to complete the look.

Mix the pastel bathtub with modern features to create a modern, yet whimsical bathroom. Add modern bronze faucets to the pastel tub to tie it into the room. Play off of the tub’s color when buying accessories such as soap holders and towels.

Tired of boring white bathtubs? Head on over to Refinish First. They can replicate any color and create countless custom colors for bathroom surfaces.

Replacing vs. Refinishing

Bathtubs are subject to all sorts of stains and marks that just don’t come off even after hours of scrubbing. Homeowners really only have two options when deciding what to do with an embarrassingly stained bathtub. They can completely replace it, or they can refinish it.

When making this decision, the most important factor is cost. Replacing a bathtub can get costly, depending on the type and the labor required for the project. The cost for just the new tub can vary between $400 and $1,000 depending on the type. Labor is usually $200-$400 and takes about five hours. Don’t forget other materials like fittings for around $40 or debris disposal which is usually around $20.

Refinishing a bathtub with Refinish First can save up to 75 percent on the cost of replacement. It will look just like a brand new tub, without that new tub cost. They can refinish many bathtub surfaces including porcelain, fiberglass, acrylic and marble.

It typically takes 3 to 5 hours to refinish a bathtub and it is ready to use the next day. Homeowners don’t have to worry about additional damage to their bathroom like they would with a bathtub replacement. There is no demolition necessary, no debris left behind.

If homeowners have a damaged bathtub, or just want to change the color, they should give Refinish First a call. They can be in and out in no time!

Refinish Cultured Marble

When designing bathrooms, some homeowners choose to go with cultured marble for the vanity. While many enjoy this look, cultured marble is not without its faults.

Cultured marble can be stained fairly easily and once stained, it is difficult to get rid of. Scratches are also almost impossible to repair. Although heat resistant, it is susceptible to heat damage as well.

Homeowners who have installed cultured marble vanities in their homes may have issues with them becoming damaged and find themselves challenged with repairing them or replacing them. However, the experts at Refinish First can repair cultured marble and refinish the surface, completely transforming it.

By refinishing, homeowners save time and money because Refinish First doesn’t have to tear out any existing features. They create a chemical bond that is extremely durable, however if they are abused and become damaged, Refinish First has the capability to repair it.

Call Refinish First for help refinishing cultured marble surfaces or other kitchen and bathroom surfaces. They can transform and old, dull, or damaged surface to look brand new.

Caring for Refinished Surfaces

When Refinish First refinishes surfaces, it can extend the life of those surfaces 15 years or longer. During the process, they create a chemical bond between the old surface and the new surface, making it durable and lasting.

Refinished surfaces done by Refinish First can handle daily wear and tear. However, when cleaning original countertops and fixtures or refinished surfaces, avoid using cleaning products that contain abrasives, harsh acids, or bleach. These can cause the surface to become worn and dull. This is a mistake many people make when cleaning bathtubs, tile or countertops. Using the wrong cleaning products is a major source of damage to kitchen and surfaces.

Extend the life of worn bathroom and kitchen surfaces by letting Refinish First transform them.

Open vs. Enclosed Showers

Many people are getting rid of bathtub/shower combinations and instead installing an extravagant shower. Just as expansive bathtubs and enjoying bubble baths is a luxury, showers are becoming luxury items too. With the ability to change the water pressure, control how the water streams out of the shower head and other technological advances, showers have come a long way.

A new trend is to install an open shower in the bathroom. These showers are more accessible and help smaller bathrooms feel larger than they are. However, some people aren’t ready to give up their enclosed showers. Each option comes with its own pros and cons.

Enclosed Shower

Pros:

  • More private
  • Keeps steam in the shower

Cons:

  • If not regularly cleaned the glass can get hard water stains
  • Can take up a lot of space in the bathroom

Open Shower

Pros:

  • Feels spa-like
  • Visually appealing

 

Cons:

  • No privacy
  • Water can get everywhere in the room

Depending on the size of the bathroom and the lifestyle of the homeowner, one option might be better than the other. Some people enjoy more traditional bathrooms, while others embrace the idea of creating a spa-like environment.

Not ready to make the jump to an open shower? Refinish First can update and transform you’re existing bathroom to provide a fresh new look without the demolition needed for a complete remodel. Contact us for a free bathroom transformation estimate today!

Walk-In Bathtub Conversions

Injuries frequently occur in the bathroom, and not just to senior citizens. Bathrooms are slippery, accident-prone areas. One way to reduce the number of accidents in the bathroom is to let Refinish First convert the bathtub to a walk-in tub.

For those who have trouble clearing the edge of the bathtub, these conversion can be particularly useful. Bathtubs are usually 16 inches high, which can be difficult for children, the elderly, or disabled people to maneuver.

Being able to walk into the bathtub can help reduce the number of falls and injuries in the bathroom for people of all ages, but especially the elderly. One in three adults age 65 and older in the United States falls each year.

Children are often accident prone as well. Not having long enough legs or just not paying enough attention could cause them to catch on the edge of the tub and fall.

Consider reducing the risk of falls with a walk-in tub. Refinish First can answer any questions about the installation process.