How To Remove Bathroom Rust Stains
One of the more aggravating issues surrounding tubs and sinks is rust stain. The problem is that even when you’re careful about not getting your enamel tub suffer any chipping, the rust stain can still appear. Fortunately, this article will share some useful tips for removing rust from sinks and tubs.
Hopefully with this information you can get rid of rust stains. You may have tried before and had no luck, but there are other possible solutions. You do need to try, because they can get harder to remove as more time passes. In time, they can become practically permanent.
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Causes Of Rust Stains
Rust stains can occur when you have rust particles in your water supply. The rust particles can come from several possible sources, such as your pipes, fixtures, or a rusty water heater.
You need to deal with this problem right away because it’s no longer a matter of simply aesthetics. It’s now a health concern. You will most likely need the help of a professional plumber to make the necessary repairs. If the problems are due to a rusty water heater or rusty pipes, then these components will have to be replaced.
The water itself can be the source of the rust stains if it has a higher than usual iron content. The increased amount of iron won’t make it look any different, nor will it taste different if you drink the tap water. But when you have still water in your tub or sinks, the extra iron can lead to rust stains.
You can find out if extra iron in the water is your problem of by having your water tested, and a plumber can do this too. If the presence of excess iron deposits is confirmed, you may want to put in a filter or a softener.
Removal Of Rust Stains
If the rust stains do appear, you can try several cleaning methods first:
- Lemon and salt. You can use lemon juice (fresh or bottled) with just enough salt to form a wet paste which you can apply to the rust stains. This works best for flat surfaces, as trying this on a toilet bowl may present some challenges. Once you’ve applied the paste, let it sit overnight before you scrub it off with a microfiber cloth or toothbrush, while you rinse it with clean water.
- Baking soda. You just add this to some water for a thick paste, then apply it and let it sit overnight. In the morning, scrub it with a microfiber cloth or a toothbrush with clean water.
- Pumice stones. The use of pumice stones isn’t really suitable for fiberglass, but it can work for porcelain rust stains. Just wet the stone and scrub, while you also rinse the affected parts with clean water.
- Abrasive scouring pads. This works best for light stains. Just dampen the rough side of the scouring pad slightly, and scrub away.
- Commercial cleaners. You can try these as well, though you should read the customer reviews first to see which ones actually work.
If you haven’t tried any of these other methods yet, do so now. If you too wait too long, removing rust from sinks and tubs may become virtually impossible.