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The Best Ways to Remove Rust from your Tub or Sink

Rust stains are unsightly and can make a clean sink or tub appear neglected and dirty. If you’ve tried in the past to remove these stains and haven’t been successful, you may think they are there to stay. But, with these tips and tricks rust stains can become a thing of the past. Read on for tips on rust stain removal using a variety of DIY and commercial cleaners.

How do Rust Stains Form?

Rust stains are a challenge to remove and may become permanent over time if not taken care of. Possible causes include:

Your Plumbing System – A rusty or deteriorating water heater, fixture, or pipe can cause rust particles to be present in your water supply. In addition to causing damage to your sinks and tubs, this is also a health concern. Whatever the issue stems from must be replaced quickly by a professional, licensed plumber.

Water Supply – If the water entering your home has a high iron content, there’s a possibility that rust stains may appear in areas where there is standing water. If an abundance of iron is the problem, a water softener or filter is recommended.

Removal Tips

  1. Use Rust Remover – This one is probably pretty obvious. Rust removers work great because they immediately oxidize the rust without any harsh scrubbing. All you have to do is apply it, then rinse it away. However, homeowners are hesitant to use rust removers because of all the harsh chemicals they contain. These products can also cause users to become lightheaded or cause burns to the skin if not handled properly.
  2. Shaw’s Pads – If you are ready to use a little elbow grease, Shaw’s Pads are an effective and inexpensive way to remove rust stains from ceramic and porcelain surfaces. They work well for these surfaces because they don’t leave marks or scratches.
  3. Lemon Juice and Salt – When combined these two pantry staples can eliminate rust and make your kitchen or bathroom smell lemony fresh! Make a thick paste using salt and lemon juice, then let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes. Afterwards, scrub with a sponge and rinse it away.
  4. Baking Soda and Vinegar – For older or tougher rust stains, make a thick paste out of baking soda and vinegar. Apply the paste to the rusty surface and buff it in with a sponge. After buffing let sit for an hour, then rinse off the surface.

Call Super Terry!

If these tips aren’t working to remove those stains, maybe it’s time for a remodel! If you’re interested in some DIY remodeling ideas, check out our blog. If you need a professional instead, give us a call and schedule a consultation.