Simple, and easy-to-install, bathtub liners can often be a life saver and can allow you to have an easier time when you’re taking a bath. These liners are especially useful if you have small children, elderly folks, or someone with a disability living in your home.
Bathtub liners are usually easy to install and don’t require many tools or modification to your existing bath tub, though you may want to hire a professional bathroom contractor to install it quicker.
What To Look For In A Bathtub Liner
Choose bathtub liners that are made from gel coat and are reinforced by fiberglass materials. These can be installed by a single person without much fuss and without making many changes to the existing tub. The benefits of these types of liners, are that they have a non-slip surface but are also soft and pliable which add to your comfort. Most liners also have a reasonable warranty which normally lasts from a year up to three years.
How To Install The Liner
1. First, check to verify that the tub liner kit comes with all the necessary components. And, make sure the tub’s bottom has the drain gasket in place.
2. Clean the whole bath tub assembly, including the shower unit, by using a non-abrasive cleaning agent. After cleaning, make sure that everything is dry before continuing with the installation process. This is important because any moisture may cause damage to the floor.
3. Fit the liner to make sure it’s the proper size. After verifying the liner fits, remove it. Apply silicone caulking to the shower drain’s upper part as well as the tub’s bottom gasket. Make sure the bead of silicone which encircles the drain brass is at least half an inch.
4. Carefully place the tub liner on the shower unit by sliding it into place. Apply ample pressure to aid in setting the liner. Let the silicone cure for a few minutes and then fill tub with water. The weight will help in settling the liner in place while the silicone is curing.
5. When the silicone has cured, it’s time to drain the water. After draining, clean the tub and the liner using a mild cleansing agent as well as warm water. Do not use liquid abrasives or scouring powder. Congratulations, you may now use your new bath tub!
Cleaning and Maintenance
Again, it’s important to remember that you should not use abrasive cleaners. These types of products can potentially scratch as well as dull the unit’s surface. You could use liquid detergents like Mr. Clean, Ajax or Top Job. These cleaning agents can be used as a daily cleaning solution. Never use a metal scraper, steel wool or wire brushes because these tools can easily damage the whole setup.
Periodically, you can scrub any mineral deposits or soap stains using gel gloss or even dish washing detergent. Waxing the liner periodically with a liquid wax can improve the luster and finish o the tub and liner.
If your bath is in any way damaged, you can easily have it repaired. Contact your contractor and ask for a professional repairman. Repair kits can often be bought from the manufacturer or from a do-it-yourself shop.
We hope these pointers will help you in installing your bath tub liner.