How to Remove Scratches From a Bathtub

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Things You'll Need

  • Cream of tartar

  • Water

  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

  • Porcelain repair kit


Try the baking soda, cream of tartar or Magic Eraser before using a repair kit or calling a professional. Many surface scratches will come off using these methods.


Do not use highly abrasive cleaners on porcelain, which could cause further scratching of the surface.

Remove scratches from a bathtub in a variety of ways.

Scratches in porcelain bathtubs are less than attractive and reduce the value of a home. Over time, small surface scratches develop due to many different factors. Toys, dropped shampoo bottles and scrub brushes in the tub are just a few things that are known to cause a bathtub to become scratched. Bathtubs don't have to be replaced due to scratching, however. There are several tried and true methods of removing scratches from a bathtub.

Step 1

Clean the bathtub with a paste of cream of tartar and water. Cream of tartar provides gentle cleaning that will not damage the tub. Use 1/4 cup cream of tartar and 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot water to make a paste. Apply cleansing paste with a sponge, using a circular motion.

Step 2

Scrub the bathtub with a mixture of baking soda and warm water. Simply sprinkle baking soda in the tub and clean with a wet sponge. Rinse the tub several times to remove all traces of baking soda. Baking soda is slightly more abrasive than cream of tartar but will not damage porcelain.

Step 3

Remove scratches on a porcelain tub with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Wet the magic eraser with warm water and rub over scratches. Apply a small amount of pressure over scratches, rubbing in a circular motion until scratches are gone.

Step 4

Use a porcelain repair kit, found at many hardware stores, on large scratches that do not respond to other methods of cleaning. Follow manufacturer's directions when using a repair kit.

Step 5

Hire a professional to resurface the bathtub if other methods do not remove scratches. Have a new coat of porcelain applied to the bathtub as a last resort.

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