The bathroom should be neat and clean, because this is a room for maintaining human hygiene. Therefore, existing furniture and plumbing must be regularly cleaned. If from the shelves and mirrors enough to brush off the dust, then to wash the iron bath is not so simple. It is necessary to exert a little effort, and in order to simplify this task for yourself in the future, you will have to do the cleaning procedure with a certain periodicity.
In order to prevent a strong contamination of the cast-iron bath, you should periodically wash it with a mild detergent.
Selecting a detergent
Today the user is offered just a huge number of different chemical compounds, advertising promises an instant result, but not all of them fit the bath, and even more so from the cast iron. In order not to ruin the new plumbing, you need to consider a number of rules when choosing a detergent:
- by its structure, the substance must be soft, not aggressive;
- in the composition there should be no abrasive particles;
- it is necessary to avoid substances containing chlorine or its compounds.
The presence of these factors will exacerbate the already bad condition of the bath, especially its coverage. It is quite logical to assume that solid particles or aggressive elements in the composition will damage the enamel, and then it will only be necessary to give the bath to restore its coating.
Application of oxalic acid
For work it is necessary to prepare the following materials:
Detergents are harmful to the skin, so the bath should be cleaned with gloves.
- Remover for rust removal.
At the initial stage of the work, a paste-like composition should be prepared, which will allow maximum cleaning of the cast-iron bath from rust. Oxalic acid is used for this. The powder should be diluted with water, but it should be done gradually, in small portions adding water. It is necessary to achieve a viscous, but not too thick consistency of the composition. If the result of bath treatment is not satisfied, then a slightly more aggressive substance may be used. But it should be remembered that after this, the integrity of the enamel may be violated, and the impurities will adhere to the deformed surface at an even faster rate.
After treatment with oxalic acid, sandpaper may be used if necessary, but with the least degree of roughness. Such measures are usually taken in order to wipe off the oldest rust spots.
Bath in the most problematic areas should be carefully treated with a solvent. This will remove the remaining detergent, which must be done as a preparatory step before applying nitro-enamel.
Staining is done using rags as accurately as possible. When choosing the enamel, you should pay attention to the operating conditions. The most suitable for a bath is the nitro-enamel HC11. It can be used for painting surfaces that are used in atmospheric conditions. To obtain a good quality result, apply up to 3 layers of the substance. The interval between the coloring of each of the layers should be at least 20 minutes. It is for such a period of time that the enamel dries dry. Completely the substance will dry up in about a day.
Folk remedies for bath cleaning: soda, vinegar and citric acid.
This is the least labor-intensive and the most labor-intensive method, since in order to wash the bath, it is enough to leave it for the night filled with ordinary tap water. To achieve the desired effect, you should additionally use vinegar. And it is not necessary to spend a large amount, if the pollution is not so serious, enough 200 ml. But the more water, the more you need.
But the level of water that is recruited depends on where the rust spots are located.
Most often, these kinds of pollution are near the drain. Accordingly, the smallest amount of water can be sufficient, even if it is heavily soiled. This method is also effective if, in the absence of vinegar, bleach is used. The action of these substances is similar. After this treatment, it is necessary to rinse the bath with running water.
A remedy for vinegar and soda
If you clean the surface of the bathtub urgently and do not really want to deform it, then a combination of soda and vinegar will be an excellent solution. First, the essence is applied to the stain of contamination or rust, in this condition, leave the bath for 15 minutes. After this time, it is necessary to pour soda over the vinegar. There are no restrictions on the number, and you can do all the manipulations "by sight".
After all the above components are on the surface of the bath, you can start cleaning it. In view of the fact that the essence has been affecting the contamination for a short time, only 15 minutes, too old spots are unlikely to succumb from the first time. In such cases, you have to repeatedly perform the cleaning procedure using this method.
The effectiveness of cleaning also depends on how diligent the procedure was conducted. Soda - the substance is not so abrasive, so do not damage the enamel. It should be noted that some users use salt instead of soda, this should not be done, since rock salt has an unsuitable structure for such a task - rather large fraction of the substance.
There is also an alternative method with the use of ammonia. To clean the surface of plumbing from rust, you can also use other substances: ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. It is necessary to mix both substances in equal proportions. The quantity is determined by the user himself, based on the amount of work. Then you should moisten the rags in this compound and process the problem areas.
About what rules should be followed in the care of the enameled surface of a cast-iron bath, said a little higher.
But that for a long time to avoid the need for restoration of plumbing, you need to keep the cast iron bath constantly dry. For this it is sufficient to wipe it with flannel matter every time after use. And instead of aggressive modern means for cleaning once a week, you should use a soapy solution, after which you also need to wipe the surface dry.