Hello, this is kind of an odd question. We recently had someone come
clean our home. Now, in the bathtub, which is old porcelain, there is
sort of a rust-colored gully running from the drain, merging into kind
of a lighter spatter pattern under the faucet. It won't come up, and it
appears that the enamel of the tub has been eroded in that area.
My girlfriend believes that it was never there before. I think it's been
there there all along, but it's now in sharp relief with all the rest of
the muck (and there was a lot of muck) around it removed.
It turns out she cleaned the tub with liquid bleach, which we don't
normally do. The question is, could the stain have been caused by
cleaning the tub with bleach (meaning it is in fact new), or is it more
likely to have been caused by the dripping faucet we've had forever and
have neglected to take care of (meaning the stain was already there)? Or
some combination of the two? And, finally, can anything be done short of
refinishing the tub?
And yes, I now know that one shouldn't use bleach on the bathtub, but
I'm still curious if a single application could cause something this
Thanks for any advice; I'm definitely inexpert in this domain. Feel free
to send email to ivanxqz at yahoo dot com (obviously subtitute "@" for "
at " and "." for " dot ".