Rusty stains can be unsightly and make a clean sink or tub look dirty and neglected. You may have tried to remove rust stains in the past with no success. However, with our two-tiered approach to removing rust stains, they can be easily removed. You can learn more about how to remove rust stains using both commercial and DIY cleaners from Your Handyman Dubai.
What Causes Rust Stains in Your Home?
Rust Stains are difficult to remove and can become permanent. There are several possible causes.
Rust particles can be found in your water supply if the water heater, fixtures or pipes are rusty. This can cause damage to your home and should be dealt with immediately by a licensed professional plumber. Water heaters or pipes that are rusty will need to be replaced.
The water that enters your home may have a sufficient iron content. However, rust stains can appear in areas with standing water such as the toilet bowl. You can have your water tested by a licensed professional plumber. A softener or filter may be recommended if iron deposits are a problem.
How To Remove Rust Stains
The factors that determine your success in removing rust stains include the type of surface you have (acrylic, porcelain or enamel), and how long the discoloration has existed. Chronic staining can cause permanent damage to porcelain and make it difficult to remove. To prevent any damage, make sure you do a spot test in a small area of the toilet, sink, or tub before you try any of these methods. There are several options for removing rust stains:
Make a paste of either fresh or bottled lemon juice and add enough salt to make a moist paste. This solution works best on flat surfaces but can also be used in the toilet bowl. However, the application is not as easy. Allow the mixture to set for several hours or overnight. After that, scrub with a toothbrush, microfiber cloth, or clean water.
For porcelain rust stains, a pumice stick (or stone) can be used. However, it is not recommended for fiberglass. Use enough elbow grease to rub the stain off the stone. The paste that is created by the dampened stone will be lifted and removed as you go along. After you’re done scrubbing the area, rinse it with clean water.
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Apply a paste of baking soda, water to the area. Let the mixture sit for at least one night. Then scrub the area with a toothbrush or microfiber towel. Rinse with clean water.
Abrasive Scouring Pads
Light stains can be removed by using a sponge, scouring pad or slightly dampened sponge to scrub the area.
There are many cleaning products that can remove rust and stain. Bleach-based products should be avoided as they can only worsen the problem. There are many options:
- Magic Eraser (r)
- Barkeepers Friend(r).
Tips to Prevent Rust Stains
Although Handyman plumbers aren’t usually licensed, our technicians have helped many homeowners with their home improvement, repair and maintenance projects. Visit our blog for bathroom remodeling ideas.Rooter is a Neighborly company that can diagnose the root cause of your rust staining and prevent it from happening again. To request service, contact your local Handyman Services online.