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Removing Rust Stains From Toilets, Tubs, and Sinks

July 22, 2022

Removing Rust Stains From Toilets, Tubs, and Sinks

For many homeowners, cleaning parts of the bathroom seems like a big responsibility and is avoided most of the time. When there are rust stains on your toilets, tubs, and sinks, due to water leaks, this only makes it worse. You can try to get rid of the rust stains by using chemicals but rust removers are very strong chemicals that may potentially harm your health. It’s not ideal to escape from the toxic fumes of harsh chemicals while trying to clean a bathroom. Therefore, in this article, we will go over some of the solutions you can use to get rid of rust stains in your bathroom.

Prevention- The Best Method

Of course, it is best to prevent the stains before they start appearing. This is how you can prevent them:

Clean Frequently

If you clean the different surfaces of your bathroom on regular basis, this would prevent and stop the accumulation of different materials like iron. So, smooth surfaces are the keys to preventing rust stains.

Pay Attention to Metals

Although it is not something we notice, the bottom of many cosmetic products is metal. If these products are put on the ledges of the sinks, rust stains can be inevitable. For this, make sure to put these products on a shelf or something that prevents direct contact with the surface.

How To Get Rid of Rust Stains?

Citric Acid

Citric acid is a great way to get rid of rust stains. One advantage of it is that it can be found in almost all types of citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, and grapefruits. Therefore, you can take one of these fruits and dip it in either baking soda or salt and scrub it on the area afterward.

If the spots are very hard to remove and have very tough stains, make a paste made of lemon juice and baking soda. Apply the paste to the region and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it stay like that for about an hour.

White Vinegar

The benefits of vinegar are endless. Another way of removing the rust stains is white vinegar. White vinegar contains acetic acid, which eliminates and prevents the stain. This method will be more effective if it is applied regularly in the form of spraying and rinsing. When buying white vinegar, try to find one with low pH so it is more effective. 

Cream of Tartar

Pastry lovers! It is your time to shine. Although it is surprising, cream of tartar is used to remove rust. First, pour your cream of tartar on the stained area and start scrubbing the area with a brush. Make sure to cover the area with a plastic wrap just like citric acid so it stays moist.

Mild Abrasives

The category of cleaners called mild abrasives are great for many stains including rust. The list of mild abrasives includes baking soda, table salt, or pumice powder. The balance in these mild abrasives is amazing because they don’t harm your tiles, but are strong enough to get rid of the rust spots.

Need Help?

Sometimes, cleaning, and other preventive measures aren’t enough to keep away the rust. For cases like these, it is best to solve the problem from its root. For example, you may want to add a water softener or an iron filter. Through a filter, you can try to eliminate the mineral deposits that cause the rust stains. Another method can be replacing old iron pipes. Most likely, you will need help when installing these types of preventive measures. That’s why dependable plumbers of Beall Contracting are ready to help you in your fight with rust stains. Contact us today if you need different types of plumbing repair or maintenance.