How to Clean A Resin Utility Tub

by Mary Toepfer

Ever have something in your house that you are so embarrassed to let others see?  For me, it was my laundry tub in my basement.  We installed it twelve years ago when we moved in but have spent the years following washing out paint brushes in there, rinsing out hair dye in there, and otherwise making a complete mess in there that we only haphazardly cleaned. It became a disgusting sink that sorely needed my attention. 


Aren’t those paint splotches lovely?

I researched how to tackle the job but was not excited about the potions everyone said I needed to make.  Borax, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, WD-40, you name it.  Did I really want to become a chemist in order to get a laundry tub clean?

So I shopped in the cleaning supplies aisle at my local grocery store instead!  What I saw that I was willing to try was a pumice stone!  Why not?  It would be an investment of $1.88.  For good measure, I threw into my cart some scrubby sponges as an aid to the stone.


Once home, I put on my latex gloves, drew in a deep breath, and went to work.  You are supposed to wet the pumice stone first. 


The pumice stone acts as a cleanser and scrubby sponge in one, scraping away the grime and allowing the clean plastic underneath to peek through!


So I chipped away at it for about 30 to 45 minutes. I even tackled the faucet with the same stone.


I know. Yuck!

What I learned is that a pumice stone hangs in there with you for a long time, getting smaller and smaller as it cleanses. Once in a while I would use the scrubby sponge to take the cleanser produced by the stone and spread it around, gathering up more gunk along the way. Below is the small nub of stone that I had left at the end!


Now check out the result! Isn’t that an amazing? A brand new tub! I actually fooled my father who visited later into thinking that I had used an online video to learn how to install a new tub! It looked that clean to him!


So, trust your instincts and don’t give in to the hype that you need to mix a bunch of concoctions together to tackle a job like this. Reach for the pumice stone instead. Happy cleaning!

Mary Toepfer