Rust stains deteriorate your bathtub and damage the appearance of it by looking old and unkempt. If you have struggled in the past trying to remove these nasty stains without any success, here we will show you how to eradicate them once and for all.
Why do rust stains occur?
Rust stains are often difficult to remove and in some cases reappear over time. Possible causes include:
A malfunctioning water heater, rusted or deteriorated plumbing can cause rust particles in the water supply. In addition to the damage to your home, this is a problem that affects your health that should be taken care of as soon as possible by a licensed professional plumber. If the problem is due to rusted pipes or a water heater, they will need to be replaced.
If the water entering your home has too high an iron content, the water may look different and taste abnormal, and rust spots may appear. One option is to have the water tested or to contact a licensed professional plumber. If the problem is a high amount of iron deposits, it is recommended to install a water softener or filter.
How to remove rust stains
Rust stain removal will depend on several factors such as the material the surface is made of (acrylic, porcelain, or enamel) and how long the stain has been there. In cases of a chronic stain, the color may have been permanently embedded in the porcelain, making it impossible to remove. Before trying any of the methods listed below, perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area of the sink, tub, or toilet to avoid damage. Options for removing rust stains include:
Make a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply to the affected area or areas. Let the mixture sit overnight and then scrub with a toothbrush or microfiber cloth and rinse with clean water.
Salt and lemon
Use fresh lemon juice, add enough salt to it to form a moist paste, and apply to the affected areas. This solution is ideal for flat surfaces but can also be used on other surfaces such as the toilet bowl. Apply the mixture and let it sit for several hours or overnight. After drying, scrub with a toothbrush or microfiber cloth and then rinse with clean water.
Pumice stone is an option for removing rust stains from porcelain, although it is not recommended for fiberglass. Dampen the stone and apply enough grease to it to remove the stain effectively. As you continue working, the moistened stone will create a paste that will aid in the cleaning process to remove the stain. Once you’ve finished scrubbing, rinse the area with clean water.
There are several cleaning products on the market that are formulated to remove stains including rust. Avoid products that contain bleach, as they can make the problem worse. The options include:
Bar Keepers Friend®
Abrasive scrub pads
For light stains, try scrubbing the area with the rough side of a slightly damp sponge or scouring pad.
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