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Removing Rust Stains

Bathtub with rust stain

Blog Highlights

  • There are several ways you can remove these brown, unsightly stains
  • Stains usually appear in places where there is standing water or a regular flow of water
  • If left untreated for too long, you run the risk of permanent stains

If you live in Salt Lake City or Park City, you may have come across rust stains in your sinks, tubs, and toilets. Underground iron deposits can leak into the groundwater, which in turn ends up in your home. Sinks, tubs and toilets can easily be stained by rusty water.

Even if your water appears clear and tastes normal, it may contain a high level of iron. Any water that contains a high level of iron can, over time, stain porcelain and other materials and appliances. Fortunately, there are several ways you can remove these brown, unsightly stains.

Stains usually appear in places where there is standing water or a regular flow of water. You may start to notice a brown ring around the toilet bowl or brown streaks in the toilet bowl where the water pours in. Rusty stains appear in tubs and sinks near the drain and occasionally near the faucets.

If left untreated for too long, you run the risk of permanent stains. However, if you catch them early enough and put in some effort, you may be able to reduce or remove the stains. Here are some common stain-removal methods:

Abrasive Scouring Pads

Light rust stains may only require a little scrubbing. You can start with the rough side of your regular kitchen sponge. If that doesn’t do the trick, you can buy specialty designed sponges for stained toilets and tubs.

Chemical Cleaners

For tougher stains, you may need to invest in a chemical cleaner. You’ll need to purchase a cleaner that contains hydrochloric acid. Make sure it states that it is safe for tile and tub cleaning. These are serious chemicals, so you need to follow the instructions carefully.

Lemon Juice and Salt

For a more natural cleaning method, combine lemon juice and salt. This paste can effectively remove rust stains. For the best results, apply the paste to the affected area and let it sit for at least 15 minutes. Tougher stains may require several hours. Remove the paste by scrubbing the area with a toothbrush or rough side of a sponge. This method is not suitable for toilets, but will work on sinks and tubs.

Pumice

Pumice is a volcanic rock that can be utilized as a scouring tool. When used accurately, it can help to remove rust stains from porcelain. You might try a pumice stick or pumice scrubber specially designed for tile. Using pumice will require quite a bit of manual effort.

If you notice rust stains in your home, it may be time to call your local plumber. They can help identify the causes and advise you on the best method of cleaning. In some cases, the rust affecting your home may be caused by an outdated water heater or old pipes, which will need to be replaced. If the rust is naturally occurring in your water supply, then your plumber may recommend installing a water softening system to prevent further staining. If the rust has become permanent and is impossible to clean, you can always replace the affected toilets, tubs, and sinks.

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