Cleaning a Fiberglass Tub

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We have one of those fiberglass tub/shower inserts.  It was here when we moved in.  I hate fiberglass.  I can’t use what I usually do to clean it.  It has been driving me crazy, trying to truly get the tub clean.  You know, those non-slip grooves on the bottom?  I have tried everything I could think of: Scrubbing Bubbles (which doesn’t seem to clean as well as it used to), baking soda, non-abrasive scrubs, brushes, green scrubbers, filling the tub with water, pouring a gallon of bleach in there, and letting it soak all day, 409, etc.  It’s exhausting when I realize how much time thinking about that tub has taken up.
 
So, I figured I’d give it one more try.  I went looking online (again) and found it.
 
OVEN CLEANER! 
 
Well, oven cleaner and A LOT of elbow grease (my hands are shaking so much I have to keep fixing all the errors my shaking fingers are making).
 
This would have gone better if we didn’t have the “no-odor” oven cleaner.  It just does not clean as well.  So what if I have to wear a respirator!  As long as it’s clean, I’m happy!
 
So, you spray the tub with the oven cleaner and let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes.  If it dries, it’s makes scrubbing more difficult.  Use a green scrubber on the smooth areas (using a circular motion).  Now, use a stiff, narrow-bristled brush for the non-skid grooves.  If the bristles are too wide, they won’t get into those tiny dimples (guess how I found this out?  I scrubbed for 20 minutes, trying to figure out why it wasn’t working.  I switched brushes, and that did the trick!).  Rinse the tub/surround, dry, and repeat if necessary.
 
So, how can this help you to become more sustainable?  GET A PORCELAIN TUB AND TILE SURROUND FOR YOUR BATHROOM!  If this was my house, it would have already been done!
 

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