Tested: The Best Way to Clean a Tub’s Anti-Slip Grips

When I was growing up, it was my job to clean the bathtub my brother and I used. Every week I would scrub the tub until it was shiny and the telltale ring around the edge was gone. But as hard as I scrubbed, I could never get the anti-slip foot grips clean.

As an adult in my own apartment, this foot grip cleaning problem continued to bother me. I tried many things, including soaking the bottom of the tub in almost straight bleach, but nothing could clean those darn anti-slip grips!

When I was doing my shower door cleaning tests, I learned something else: When the acidic cleaners, like Bar Keepers Friend and Lime-A-Way, ran onto the bottom of the tub, they perfectly cleaned the anti-slip grips! In my mind, this accidental discovery was similar to finding penicillin or inventing Wheaties.

The picture above perfectly demonstrates the strength of Bar Keepers Friend, my preferred cleaner. The left side of the tub has been cleaned with BKF, the right has been left dirty.

Another photo illustrates the failure of conventional alkaline-based tub cleaners to clean the anti-slip grips.

The left third of the tub bottom has been cleaned by BKF. The middle third has been left in its dirty state. The right third has been sprayed and scrubbed thoroughly with a common bleach-based cleaner. Although tub cleaners are generally alkaline because they cut through grease, they’re no good at penetrating the tiny crevices of the anti-slip grips. The color of the tub bottom has changed slightly, but not much.

When I need a clean tub, I’m turning to Bar Keepers Friend. Whether it is cleaning shower doors or tub bottoms, there is nothing better.



  • Lydia

    That is indeed an awesome discovery! I’m going to try BKF.

  • http://twitter.com/San__Rio Dangerous Lee

    Where do you get this magic potion Bar-Keepers-Friend (BKF)?

  • Quinnshouse

    Where can I find this bar keepers friend??

    • Kkduffey

      Yes! Please tell us where we can find Barkeeper’s Friend!!! We NEED it!

      • http://themanlyhousekeeper.com Mark Evitt

        Try Target or Wal-Mart first. Two grocery stores that carry it are Albertson’s and Safeway. I’ve also seen it at my local chef supply store, if you strike out everywhere else.

        Find where BKF is carried nationally by going here: http://www.barkeepersfriend.com/where-to-buy

      • MrsPampolini

        At Target I could only find the powder version of BKF. Never found it at Walmart. At The Home Depot I found liquid BKF which I think it’s easier to use.

  • Mrsangelaparr

    Oh, my Lord! I love you so very much. The bottom of the tub has been the bane of my existence since I’ve become a married woman. I cannot get them clean, no matter what I use. I’m so excited that I’m going to head over to Target today to pick some up. Thank you from the bottom of my heart (and tub)!

  • Duval 26

    I am so glad you taught me about BKF… we have super-hard water, and this makes so many jobs easier. Recently, I did a test of my own on a 25 year old composite vinyl floor that had never been properly sealed. Scuffs, rust stains, ground in dirt and you name it. I tested every thing I could think of, and that $3.00-a-can wonder really did the job. We are scrubbing square-by-square and letting it sit before rinsing. Soon we will have a fabulously rejuvenated black and white checkered floor (all 23×13 feet of it) and it’s all thanks to you!

  • Kerry Cantrill69

    I have tried everything to clean mine! Thank you so much! It’s available at Tesco!

  • http://www.ACleanDream.webs.com/ Luna

    I am a professional house cleaner that loves BKF, but these stains will also pretty much disappear if you use a damp Magic Eraser sponge with a standard tub and shower cleaner.

  • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

    Barkeeper’s Friend is amazing stuff! I use it to keep my stainless steel pots and pans sparkling clean, but have never tried it on my bathtub. I’m definitely giving this a try today! Thank you.

  • Pure Space

    Bar Keepers is the only thing that worked on an old tub from the house I just bought. It takes a bit of effort with a wool sponge (apply, scrub, rinse, repeat until happy) but this is the only thing that worked. I tried vinegar, comet, bleach mixtures and solutions. I thought it was hopeless and was going to reglaze the tub but this really worked! It takes work but it’s the ONLY thing that worked.

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