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Vinegar helps clean a fiber-glass tub

Q. Will vinegar damage a fiber-glass tub and shower? We live in a hard-water area, which causes deposits to build up on the plumbing fixtures. We have found , however, that vinegar will clean the tough buildup on fiber-glass surfaces. George H. Hopkins Valley Center, Calif.

A. To our knowledge, vinegar will not harm a fiber-glass surface, especially if it hasn't done so already.

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It seems to me that the pad or brush that is used to apply the vinegar is of more concern than the liquid itself. Be sure to use a brush or pad that itself will not scratch the fiber glass.

To help ease the deposit problem at its source, install a water softener. It would filter out some of the minerals in the water. Water softeners can be bought, or rented and serviced by a local water-softener firm.