This apartment building is 75+ years old. The bathtub is also that old. It’s no longer a shiny slippery white enamel. Its got a fine tooth of many scratches from many scrubbings which have accumulated enough to create lots of surfaces for dirty to just settle in and just roost.
For a long time I struggled with it. I used every type of cleaner on the shelf, EXCEPT Comet. I was taught never to use Comet powder on enamel. But this bathtub would not get properly gleaming clean. So I started to waver on the Comet. It’s not like I could ruin an already ruined surface! That day past at least 30 years ago.
Anyway, I finally broke down and used Comet with Bleach. And then like some sort of mad woman I scrubbed my bathtub at 11 pm last night. I’m sure my neighbors though I was crazed. And it was like a sweet song of relief. Comet works in this bathtub. I was happily and vigorously scrubbing for 45 minutes last night. Its cleaner looking that it’s ever been. Significantly cleaner than it was when I moved in.
It’s clean enough that I am contemplating an actual BATH. Baths are like nirvana to me. But this bathtub always looked so gross even after cleaning that I couldn’t bring myself to soak in it. Only shower. But now!!!
Tonight, I BATHE!!!
I’m smiling like a maniac just anticipating it. I know – only a mad woman would add a boring post about scrubbing the bathtub to a series about Smiling. But seriously, I’m full of joy over this little thing.
“There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.” ~Sylvia Plath