Your state-of-the-art bathroom fixtures can look bad real fast due to rust stains. Generally, rust stains are caused by the contents of your water such as dissolved iron, low pH water, sulfur bacteria and acid water. The rust stains are often highly visible and difficult to remove. If you have already tried every rust stain remover on the market, here are some home remedies that will get rid of those stains easier than you expect.
- Baking soda and vinegar – Mix ½ cup of baking soda and slowly add water until a thick paste is created. Then rub the paste on the rust stains allowing it to sit for 24 hours. Next, scrub and rinse the area. The stains should be gone. If not, repeat the process again.
- Hydrogen peroxide – This remedy works best on sinks and drains that have rust stains. Pour a reasonable amount of peroxide directly on the rusted area and allow it sit for 10 minutes. Then scrub until stains disappear.
- Lemons and salt mixture – This is an easy remedy that requires two ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Pour the salt over the rusted area so that it is fully covered. Then squeeze lemon juice over the salt until it is fully saturated. Leave the mixture on the rust stain overnight. The salt will absorb the rust stain and reveal a clean area after removal.
These home remedies should remove rust stains on the first try. However, some stains that have been there for a long period of time and have become extremely dark might need a few cleaning sessions until perfection is reached.
If you have difficult rust stains that re-appear you should consult a professional plumber for further assistance. Sometimes the rust stains are caused by rusty water pipes that need to be replaced. If rusty water pipes are the case, you need to get them fixed immediately. Rusty pipes can lead to leaks that cause damage to the wall and flooring. These repairs can lead to expensive repairs if ignored. If the rust stains in your home concern you, contact us today for further assistance.