All About Cleaning Fiberglass and Acrylic Showers
If you’re building a new home or remodeling, you may be considering the options available in shower and tub materials. Fiberglass and acrylic are two very popular materials used in bathrooms for new homes. Here we’ll cover acrylic and fiberglass shower and tub modules and the best way to easily clean them without any scrubbing.
What’s the difference between an acrylic shower module and a fiberglass module?
Acrylic shower modules are made of acrylic sheets that are heated and drawn into a mold by a vacuum forming process. Then, the shaped acrylic sheets are coated with resin and glass fibers for strength and durability. The benefits of acrylic include:
- Acrylic is made up of a durable acrylic surface and composite backing material. It easily stands up to the rigors of everyday use with a minimum of cracking or chipping.
- This type of material is also non-porous surface, which makes cleaning easy. Depending on the frequency of use, acrylic may require less maintenance when compared to other bath materials.
- Acrylic modules retain their color and luster longer than other shower materials. The color is embedded in the material, which minimizes fading.
- Acrylic warms and cools faster than other tub materials. In a warm room, an acrylic tub will be warm to the touch. An acrylic tub will retain warm water temperatures longer than other materials.
- A quality acrylic modular has structural ribs located behind the base to provide additional support.
- Acrylic modules are available in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors.
Fiberglass shower modules are made of a mix of polyester resin and woven glass fibers. The mixture is then poured or sprayed into a mold to form a seamless shape. Fiberglass is often referred to as gel coat. The gel coating consists of a thin layer of shiny, smooth material applied over a reinforced fiberglass base. This gives fiberglass its beautiful luster and color. The benefits of fiberglass include:
- Fiberglass material is lightweight and easy to move about. Considering the material’s weight, fiberglass is flexible, durable, and strong.
- With proper cleaning and maintenance, fiberglass will retain its color and luster for years.
- Fiberglass is more permeable than acrylic. It will stain over time if not properly cleaned.
- Fiberglass modules are inexpensive and easy to install. The gel coat finish can be repaired if needed.
Which material is more durable?
Acrylic is considered more durable than fiberglass. It doesn’t scratch or puncture as easily. But, the molding process involves stretching the material, which can create weak spots. Repairing an acrylic unit can be costly. On the other hand, fiberglass can be scratched or lose color. Fiberglass can be repaired for less cost compared to acrylic. Both are vulnerable to scratching and fading over time.
Which material is more expensive?
Fiberglass is usually the least expensive option. Acrylic lasts longer than fiberglass and requires fewer repairs, which makes it a top choice for bath modules. Both materials are inexpensive with prices ranging from $100 to $550 dollars for a standard tub.
Are there bath cleaners that shouldn’t be used on acrylic or fiberglass?
Avoid cleaners that contain abrasives as they will scratch and dull the finish of acrylic and fiberglass.
Which material is more prone to mold and mildew?
Compared to fiberglass, acrylic is less susceptible to mold and mildew stains. If fiberglass isn’t cleaned properly, it tends to absorb more water than acrylic surfaces, which can cause mold and mildew.
How do I clean an acrylic or fiberglass shower and tub?
Acrylic and fiberglass can scratch easily. Avoid using commercial aerosol cleaners, harsh cleaners, and solvents. Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth or sponge when cleaning. A textured sponge will scratch or damage surfaces. Clean the shower weekly with a mild cleanser and water to prevent soap scum and grime build-up.
Wet & Forget Shower is a no-scrub weekly shower cleaner that is gentle on acrylic and fiberglass surfaces. It is also non-abrasive, so it won’t scratch bath surfaces as it cleans. Wet & Forget Shower stamps out soap scum, mold, mildew, and shower grime. Just spray Wet & Forget Shower weekly and rinse for a sparkling, continually clean bath.
Wet & Forget Shower contains no bleach, ammonia, or dyes. No more breathing in harsh fumes! You’ll enjoy a light vanilla scent as you clean. Wet & Forget Shower is gentle enough to use on all bath surfaces, from fiberglass to fixtures – even the shower curtain liner!
More About Wet & Forget Shower
Break free from the drudge of constant bath and shower cleaning. Just spray Wet & Forget Shower on bath surfaces once a week to enjoy a fresh, clean bath all week long.
It is also economically priced. You’ll enjoy a clean bath for about 35% less cost than most daily shower cleaners.
Wet & Forget Shower’s 64-ounce container provides 12 full weeks of cleaning power. That’s the equal to buying eight, 32-ounce bottles of the most daily shower cleaners. This means less trips to the store for you and less empty containers sitting in the landfill.
Wet & Forget Shower’s trigger sprays 65% more product than most trigger sprayers, which makes for faster and easier cleaning. The trigger sprayer extends so you can reach far corners quickly and easily.
The bleach-free formula cleans and prevents the build-up of soap scum and everyday shower grime. It also cleans away mold & mildew stains. Wet & Forget Shower’s goes to work on contact to keeps your shower clean all week long.