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Old 03-03-2013, 04:44 PM   #1
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I want to make my shiny thing shiny. Help?

My "new" house came with a hot tub. The POs didn't keep the "scale" from building up around the top where the water evaporated and left behind what I think is probably calcium scale.

I have tried a number of things (including vinegar and baking soda), CLR and scrubbing with a green pad and Bartender's Friend - the latter seemed to help a little, all the others seemed to have no effect.

I scrub and scrub and scrub, but at this rate it isn't doing much good. When the "scale" gets wet much of it fades and then when it dries it comes back (it isn't left over cleanser - just wetting it with pure water makes it fade). It is especially hard to clean where the tub surface is not smooth, which is where most of it is.

I had hoped CLR would just dissolve it, but it didn't seem to do anything.

Anything else I can try?
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:47 PM   #2
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:50 PM   #3
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Vinegar works wonders, but you need to let it sit on there wet for quite a while.

My suggestion is to fill the tub to the brim/overflow, and dump in a few gallons of vinegar and leave it overnight. Next day, scrub the hell out of everything and drain it.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:56 PM   #4
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Vinegar works wonders, but you need to let it sit on there wet for quite a while.

My suggestion is to fill the tub to the brim/overflow, and dump in a few gallons of vinegar and leave it overnight. Next day, scrub the hell out of everything and drain it.
Everything I have tried, including vinegar, I have left sit on some scale for over an hour - there are flat spots to try this on. Vinegar did nothing, CLR did nothing.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:00 PM   #5
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Good old fashioned Ajax/Borax? Still need to scrub the everliving shit out of that stuff, but it works pretty well.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:02 PM   #6
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:13 PM   #7
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[MOD EDIT: DELETED SUGGESTION. IF YOU MIX AMMONIA WITH BLEACH YOU CREATE POISONOUS GAS.

Mixing bleach and ammonia is extremely dangerous, since toxic vapors will be produced. The primary toxic chemical formed by the reaction is chloramine vapor, with a potential for hydrazine formation. Here's a look at the chemical reactions involved in mixing bleach and ammonia, as well as some first aid advice if you accidentally become exposed to a bleach and ammonia mixture.

http://chemistry.about.com/od/toxicc...d-Ammonia.htm]
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:31 PM   #8
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I hear ammonia mixed with bleach works well.
Do not try this. For those of you who may not know that is a recepie for Chlorine gas, a cousin of Mustard gas. It can / will make you sick, and can kill you.

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Old 03-03-2013, 05:38 PM   #9
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You can?

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Do not try this. For those of you who may not know that is a recepie for Chlorine gas, a cousin of Mustard gas. I can / will make you sick, and can kill you.
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Old 03-03-2013, 05:43 PM   #10
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You can?
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:14 PM   #11
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Have you tried scrubbing with melamine foam, aka Magic Eraser?
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Old 03-03-2013, 06:16 PM   #12
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I hear ammonia mixed with bleach works well.

************** DO NOT DO THE ABOVE !!!!!! *******************

The fumes which are created from the above mixture
can damage the lungs of someone who breathes it,
and can cause rapid loss of consciousness which may end
in death if the victim is not evacuated quickly from the source
of the gas.


It's not clear whether you knew this when you wrote your post
( in which case you are a sick individual who needs serious mental health
in-patient treatment, mandated by court order ) or if you are just an
uninformed idiot, but either way you should be more careful before you make stupid
recommendations that might result in serious harm or worse to someone
who might be unwise enough to take your incredibly bad advice.

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Old 03-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #13
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the fumes which are created from the above mixture
can damage the lungs of someone who breathes it,
and can cause rapid loss of consciousness which may end
in death if the victim is not evacuated quickly from the source
of the gas.


It's not clear whether you knew this when you wrote your post
( in which case you are a sick f*ck ) or if you are just an uninformed idiot,
but either way you should be more careful before you make stupid
recommendations that might result in harm to someone.


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Old 03-03-2013, 06:34 PM   #14
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The trick is to keep the vinegar in contact with the Lime scale for as long as possible. Soak tissue or paper towels with the (white) vinegar and drape them over the area. Cover the vinegar soaked paper with a plastic wrap so that the plastic extends beyond the paper and seals it to the surface and keeps it from drying out. Tape it in place if you have to. Let it sit for a day or 2 and its should come off on the paper or be easily scrubbed off afterwards. Agricultural Vinegar (if you an get it) will work better.
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Seriously, delete that post.
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