How to Properly Care for Your Acrylic Tub and Shower Enclosures

January 1, 2019

Once you install your new acrylic tub and shower enclosure, you will need to provide proper care and maintenance to ensure that it performs well and looks good long after you have set it in place. When properly maintained, your enclosure will provide a hassle-free environment in which you can relax and enjoy your shower or bath time.

Below are a few helpful tips to properly care for your enclosure. If you have any further questions or need some expert advice, feel free to contact American Bath Enterprises today.

General Use

How you treat the enclosure in everyday use will ultimately depend on how long it lasts and retains its natural look.

  • Gently close the glass door. Never slam it.
  • Avoid allowing the glass door to open or close freely. Instead, shut or open it in a controlled manner.
  • Always use the handle to open the glass. Avoid pushing on the glass.
  • Avoid hanging any heavy items on the door.
  • Never let the glass come into contact with a hard surface.
  • Place a buffer such as a rubber doorstop between the door and any wall or counter or another hard surface.

Cleaning Your Acrylic Tub and Shower

When cleaning the surface on acrylic tub and shower enclosures, it is essential to know which products to use and which products to avoid.

Safe Cleaning Products

Using safe cleaning supplies and non-abrasive cloths will keep your tub or shower looking new for a long time. Some safe products you can use to clean the acrylic surface include:

  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Lysol Cleaner
  • CLR Bath & Kitchen
  • Formula 409
  • Iron Out Rust Stain Remover

Unsafe Cleaning Products

Due to their content, some products may damage the acrylic surface on your enclosure. Before purchasing a product, look on the label to find out what surfaces are suitable for use. If acrylic is not on the list, then do not use the product.

Some products that you should avoid using to clean the acrylic surface include:

  • Simple Green
  • Pine-Sol
  • Scrubbing Bubbles
  • Tilex
  • The Works Tub & Shower Cleaner
  • Lysol with Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Windex

Maintenance and Repairs

American Bath Enterprises acrylic tub and shower enclosures are engineered with the highest quality and durable materials in the industry. Accidents do happen, however, and cracks, holes, chips, and stains can occur. If you or someone else accidentally damage the acrylic, we recommend that you do the following:

Check Your Warranty

All of our products come with a manufacturer warranty. The warranty may cover certain repairs under specified conditions. Please contact us, as we are happy to discuss your situation.

Call a Repair Specialist

Although it may cost a little more, hiring a certified specialist to repair your enclosure may be your smartest option. An expert has the experience, skill, and equipment necessary to perform the repair and completely restore the tub or shower to manufacturer specifications.


If you decide to perform a DIY repair, make sure you use the right tools and follow the correct process so that you can patch holes, fill cracks, erase rust spots, and cover up blemishes correctly. Make sure that you use no abrasive materials, as they may permanently scratch the surface.

Acrylic Tub and Shower Enclosures for Your Home

American Bath Enterprises, offers high-end enclosures manufactured here in the USA. Our products are affordable, easy to install, and easy to maintain. We sell our enclosures directly to our customers to ensure speedy delivery, quality control, and exceptional customer service.

To find out more about our products or to place an order for your enclosure, call us today at 888-228-4925. You can also send us a message at