SIMPLE BATHROOM REPAIRS
Don’t let niggling little faults or unexpected problems ruin your bathtimes — most of them can be put right in a short time and no special skills are needed for the repairs shown here
CURING SCRATCHES AND CHIPS
Acrylic baths are prone to scratches, while an enamelled bath will chip if anything heavy is dropped into it. If the damage is not severe, scratches can be smoothed away and chips covered with bath enamel paint.
1. Prepare the damaged area with wetanddry paper.
2. Clean off any dirt with turps (white spirit).
3. Then paint with special bath enamel paint — available from larger hardware and DIY stores.
Acrylic baths: Remove scratches by rubbing with very fine steel wool (a pan scourer will do) or wetanddry paper; then bring up the shine on the surface by rubbing with a liquid metal polish on a soft cloth.
Enamel and porcelain
Light stains: Use a nonscratch scouring cream; many brands are specifically for baths.
Heavy stains (tidemarks, drip marks, scale): If a proprietary bath cleaner proves unsuccessful, rub the mark with a cut lemon or sponge with warm vinegar, then rinse thoroughly. Do not use lemon juice or vinegar if the glaze has been damaged in any way.
Rust: For best results, use a proprietary cleaner with rustremover designed for sanitary ware.
Alternatively, apply a dilute (10%) hydrochloric acid solution (POISON): rinse thoroughly.
Light stains: Rub with neat washingup liquid on a soft cloth: always clean an acrylic bath when it is warm and damp. Stubborn stains: Use metal polish on a soft cloth.