Stubborn brown stains are a real nuisance. These stains ruin the appearance of your sinks, bathtubs, toilets, and many other plumbing fixtures and appliances. One thing that you need to know about rust stains is that they are not necessarily caused by rust in your plumbing system. What you need to understand is that you can suffer rust stains in your plumbing fixtures and appliances even when your plumbing system is not rusty. Born rust stains are mostly caused by high iron content in the water. The iron content does not have to be so high such that you can taste it in your water. You can have normally fresh water but with sufficient iron content to cause rust stains. The iron accumulates over time on or in your plumbing fixtures and appliances, leaving the rusty mess we all have to deal with. The good news is that you can remove your brown iron stains without calling a professional Cincinnati plumber. Today we are going to discuss four effective ways of removing rust stains from your plumbing fixtures and appliances.
Use High Quality Scouring Pads
We are all used to cleaning our sinks and dishes with a standard kitchen sponge. The kitchen sponge usually has two sides; a soft side and a rough side. You can try to remove brown or dark rust stains using your kitchen sponge. If the kitchen sponge fails, you can always buy a high quality scouring pad designed for such applications. There are special scouring pads designed for removing tough stains from your plumbing fixtures and appliances. You can get one of these high quality scouring pads from your local store. These high quality scouring pads are very functional and economical and you can use them repeatedly.
Pumice is a special volcanic rock used for scouring. Pumice is far much stronger and functional than scouring pads. The crumbly rock is used for removing stubborn stains from ceramic and porcelain plumbing fixtures and appliances, but beware it may scratch surfaces like fiberglass, natural stone, and glass. It is always best to test a small patch first. There are several pumice cleaning products in the market today. You can buy a pumice scrubber or stick to help you remove stubborn stains from your porcelain and ceramic plumbing fixtures, appliances, and even tiles. In order to achieve true cleanliness, you will need to use some elbow grease to remove the stains with pumice.
Use Lemon Juice And Salt
There is also a totally DIY solution for removing stubborn rust stains. You can use lemon juice and salt to remove all those stubborn rust stains from your plumbing fixtures and appliances. You do not have to buy any commercial product. You will need to squeeze a few lemons for the juice and then add salt to the juice. Pour the lemon juice and salt solution on the stained surface and leave it to sit for about 15 minutes. Use a brush or toothbrush after 15 minutes to remove the stain.
Use Commercial Cleaners
After trying to remove the rust stains o your plumbing fixtures and appliances using any or all of the above DIY methods, you can always try using a commercial stain remover. These are chemical cleaners designed to remove stubborn rust stains. You can always contact your local plumber regarding the best commercial chemical cleaner to use for removing your stubborn rust stains.