5 Tips to Remove Rust Stains from Bathroom Sinks, Toilets, and Tubs
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5 Tips to Remove Rust Stains from Bathroom Sinks, Toilets, and Tubs
Mar 04, 2022

5 Tips to Remove Rust Stains from Bathroom Sinks, Toilets, and Tubs

Cleaning rust stains is time-consuming and expensive. The costs of replacing the entire surface are high. If the rust stains are concentrated on one small area of the sink, toilet, or tub, it is often easier to replace that section than to try and remove the rust. Rust stains can be problematic. They chip away at the appearance of your bathroom sink, toilet, and tub. Contacting Mr. Rooter Plumbing with early signs of rust will help you resolve the situation before it becomes a nuisance.

Regularly cleaning your bathroom fixtures can help prevent rust stains before they happen. And worse, they don’t take kindly to chemical cleaners. What works on other metal surfaces might not work on these stubborn stains.

There are a few ways to remove rust from bathroom sinks, toilets, and tubs. Here are five effective options – which could be all you need to keep your bathroom surfaces in top shape.

  • Bathroom Cleaning

Whether you own your home or rent, it's important to clean your bathroom regularly. Not only does this help keep bacteria and other harmful germs at bay, but it can also help prevent rust stains from happening in the first place.

If you notice rust stains in your bathroom, don't panic. These stains can be removed using common household products and some elbow grease.

Why Do Rust Stains Happen? Rust stains happen when iron reacts with oxygen, water, and an acid (like vinegar or lemon juice). The iron reacts with the oxygen to form iron oxide.

The most common way rust forms are when the iron is exposed to water and oxygen repeatedly over time. Repeated exposure to moisture causes the metal to oxidize and eventually form rust spots on sinks, toilets, bathtubs, showers, and other fixtures.

Rusting also happens faster when there is an acidic element involved like vinegar or lemon juice that can accelerate oxidation and cause rusting of iron.

  • Regular Cleaning

Clean regularly to prevent rust stains from happening in your bathroom. Cleaning on a regular basis can help prevent rust from forming on your plumbing fixtures because you will be able to remove any buildup or dirt before it has a chance to corrode the metal. This is also a good time to check for leaks and make sure that there aren't any holes or cracks where moisture or water could be seeping through the surface of the fixture.

Additionally, contacting Mr. Rooter Plumbing for clogged drain line cleaning will help ease the regular cleaning process.

  • Pumice Stones

Use pumice stones to clean rust stains from your bathroom fixtures (but not your fabric). Wet the pumice stone with water, then scrub the stain until it lifts away from the surface. Rinse with water afterward to prevent scratching.

  • Vinegar and Baking Soda

This is the old cleaner standby that we all know and love. If you have solid rust stains in your sink or toilet bowl (or even on your tub), then try making a paste of vinegar and baking soda, apply it to the stain, let sit for 15-30 minutes and scrub with a soft brush or cloth to remove the stain.

  • Chemical Cleaners

Chemical cleaners are made specifically to remove rust stains. You can purchase them online or at your local hardware store. You'll generally want to follow the instructions on the bottle when using these chemical cleaners. Chemical cleaners can be too harsh on your surfaces though.

  • Water Softener

A water softener installed by Mr. Rooter Plumbing is a whole-house filtration system that removes minerals from hard water, making it softer.

For many homeowners, the water softener is a solution to hard water problems, such as spotting on dishes, mineral buildup in plumbing and fixtures, and difficulty lathering with soap.

There are two different types of water softeners: salt-based and salt-free. A salt-based water softener uses sodium to remove minerals from hard water and replaces them with sodium ions. Salt-free systems use a physical filter to remove minerals, but do not replace them with anything.

If you have hard water, you know the havoc it can wreak on your plumbing so it is best to contact nearby plumbers as soon as possible. It can cause build-up in pipes and fixtures that eventually reduce the flow and efficiency of your water systems. Hard water is also likely to leave stains and mineral deposits behind, which are most noticeable in your bathroom when it leaves a buildup of rust stains.

Mr. Rooter Plumbing

A bathroom with rust stains isn’t just a nuisance. The worst stains can make the room feel dingy and unclean. But scrubbing and polishing them clean isn’t easy. Not only do the stains prove stubborn, but they can also damage the finish on your porcelain or tile over time.

You might think that you need to replace your sink, tub, or toilet to get rid of the rust.

Fortunately, getting rid of rust in your bathroom doesn’t require a full replacement. Instead, contact Mr. Rooter Plumbing to install a water softener today to eliminate the build-up of rust.