If you've recently purchased an old home with a claw foot tub chances are that it's original to the house. A lot of times people have these removed because over the years the tub starts to look a bit dingy, but 30 minutes and some elbow grease with a good abrasive cleaner should whiten it back up. If the finish has been worn off you can have it easily reglazed. It will look brand new and keep your original tub in your house - and you won't have to worry about throwing your back out removing an 800 pound tub!
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