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How to Remove Rust From Bathroom Sinks, Toilets, and Tubs

How to Remove Rust From Bathroom Sinks, Toilets, and Tubs

When you’re a homeowner, the one thing you’re keen on is keeping your bathroom clean. As your guests and friends come over, you want them to feel comfortable and refreshed in your bathroom. If you haven’t properly cleaned your bathroom, this can leave red stains known as rust on your sink, toilet, and tub. This can be unpleasant, but don’t worry as our plumbing service at Mr. Rooter Plumbing can solve your issues.

What is the Cause of Rust in Bathrooms

Rust can be formed easily when a metal is exposed to water such as pipes and bathroom fixtures. As our bathrooms are filled with these fixtures, they are usually the areas where rust begins to form.

Rust is made out of Iron oxide, which is the metal created when water and metal come into contact. Leaving metal materials around moist areas happens to create rust which then begins to spread around surfaces slowly, if left untouched.

Even though pipes and utilities in your bathroom have coatings on them to resist rusting early on, they aren’t invulnerable to it. Eventually with improper care, the rust will form. 

How to Get Rid of Rust Stains From Your Sinks, Toilets, and Tubs

Rust stains are known for being difficult to remove. The reason for this is that the rust engraves deep into the surface of the material. You won’t need to worry as our trusted plumbers will advise you on how to get rid of these stains!

We target usage of diluted acidic blends and mildly acidic solutions as these mixtures can protect the surfaces in your bathroom. Using raw acid can get the job done easily, but at the cost of corroding the materials and surfaces you use it on.

There are other options to remove the rust as well. Usage of chemical cleaners is always a guaranteed way to achieve what you’re trying to accomplish. These cleaners manage to oxidize the rust to the point where you can easily wipe the stains off. Although you can remove the rust quickly, some of these cleaners cause unhealthy and hazardous fumes that can be harmful if inhaled. If you choose to use this course of action then make sure to be cautious using gloves and wearing a mask.

Of course there are safer ways to remove these stains. It goes as simple as using vinegar! For this way, you will need vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda. Firstly, apply the vinegar onto the material and let it sit for 30 minutes. After that, use a brush to scrub as much rust as you can. Once that is done, grab the baking soda and lemon juice to create a paste. Using this paste, apply to the stains and proceed to scrub after waiting for 30 minutes again. As there is more hassle this way, it is much safer and rewarding with no risk being involved.

Prevent Rust Stains From Forming

As there are ways to clean and get rid of rust stains, there are ways to prevent it too. As simple as it sounds, clean regularly. Many people neglect regular care of their bathrooms and rusting is the cost of that. After showering, use your towel to dry off your bathtub and other metal surfaces. After you’re finished washing your hands, dry off your sink. Remove any toiletries that include metal on its surface as that can cause stains too. Little things like this can prevent rust stains from forming.

Need Advice on Rust Stains?

Dealing with rust is never an easy task. It can be tiring to keep up with the cleaning maintenance it requires. If you want to learn more about this topic and how to improve your quality of living, contact our representatives at Mr. Rooter Plumbing for our high quality plumbers.