How to Remove Tough Rust Stains From Toilets, Tubs and Sinks
There are many reasons your bathroom fixtures can accumulate rusty stains. Having hard water, or water with a high mineral content is one of the main reasons this staining can occur. This is most often seen in homes that use well water. Another cause for rust stains can be from rusty pipes leading to your sink, rusty components in your toilet tank, or from leaving a metal object on or in yourÂ sink or tub.
Rust stains are notoriously difficult to remove, especially from porcelain. If the staining is persistent from a chronic problem like rusty pipes, it is possible that the stain may be permanent. However, most of the time, rust stains can be removed with the proper tools and products. Typically, normal household cleaners will not be strong enough to remove these types of stains.
One of the best ways to remove rust stains is by using a special pad designed for removing stains that contains no chemicals. Often, just the mechanics of scrubbing these stains away with specialty plumbers pads will be enough to lift light-to-medium stains. This is your best options as there are no harmful chemicals for you to be exposed to or to introduce into your septic system if that is a concern for you.
Other options include scrubbing cleansers and chemical cleansers which while decidedly environmentally un-friendly, will get the job done. These can be purchased at plumbing supply stores, and will do a great job getting your stains out, but will likely kill the bacteria in your septic system, which is a problem for homeowners not on a sewer system. Please take extreme caution when using these products as they are often considered poison and can seriously harm you if any of the liquid is ingested or makes contact with your skin.
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