How to Clean an American Standard Acrylic Jetted Tub

American Standard acrylic jetted tubs provide a way to relax after a difficult day. But these units, like all whirlpool-type tubs, require special cleaning to prevent a buildup of soap scum, mildew and bacteria. Good cleaning is not just a matter of wiping the jetted tub down with a sponge either. The jets and water-circulation system can harbor harmful bacteria. These components should be cleaned to maintain a sanitary tub.

Step 1

Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands from cleaning products.

Step 2

Wash the jets. To do this, fill a sink or bucket with hot water and about 1/2 teaspoon of powdered dish soap. Dip a bottle brush in the warm soapy water -- or pour soap directly on the brush. Scrub jets with the bottle brush. You should clean any visible parts, inside and outside of the jets, this way.

Step 3

Fill the tub completely with water. Add 1/2 cup of bleach, and then add approximately 2 teaspoons, or tablets, of low-suds dishwasher detergent. Turn on the jets for two minutes to let the soapy water run through the circulation system.

Step 4

Drain the water from the tub. Fill it with cold water and run it again for at least five minutes to rinse the circulation system.

Step 5

Drain the water again. Pour a tablespoon of liquid hand dish-washing detergent -- do not use powdered -- on a damp, clean sponge. Scrub the acrylic surface with this sponge.

Step 6

Rinse off all surfaces with a clean sponge and clean water. Towel dry any metal fixtures with a soft cloth; this will prevent water spots.