How to Remove Toilet and Sink Rust Stains

Even if you’re not a clean-freak, those unsightly stains in your sink, toilet and shower can build up over time from years of use. These stains can accumulate due to rust or mineral despots in hard water. This problem is especially common in Las Vegas, as the water here is very hard, one of the most common jobs we do is adding in water softeners for customers in order to prevent this type of problem. This is also why these rust stains develop even though there are no metal surfaces where you would typically expect to see rusting.

You can combat this build up with the regular use of toilet bowl or kitchen sink cleaners, but if the problem has already developed, then more than likely these won’t do the trick. Unfortunately chlorine bleach, which is the primary ingredient in these types of cleaners, won’t break through the rust build up. In fact, using chlorine bleach can actually intensify the stain because of the way it reacts with rust. Instead, here a ways to strip down those stains and have a pearly white porcelain surface again.

Natural and Environmentally-Friendly Methods

You can use a little elbow grease to remove these stains more times than not. Try using a pumice scouring stick, just dip it in warm water, and make sure the surface and the pumice are wet at all times in order to prevent scratches. This should scrape off all of that build up and leave your toilet, shower or sink sparkling clean.

Another technique is lemon juice and salt. Probably one of the oldest methods in the book, it’s stuck around because it works so well. It’s also chemical free, which is a huge upside. Just squeeze them lemons onto the stained area and make sure it’s coated in the juice. Then you simply pour basic table salt on top and let it sit for 24 hours to let it fully sink in and react. Once that time has passed, you can just wash it away with cool water. Repeat if needed, but it should remove a large amount of the build up present. If you think you need to heavy duty on your stains, try scrubbing off the salt/ lemon mixture with an old toothbrush. Like we said above, a little elbow grease can go a long way.

 Chemical Alternatives

While it’s always better to go with non-chemical products for environmental reasons, sometimes all natural solutions don’t to the trick. If you’ve tried the above to methods and still haven’t put a solid dent into your stain, there are a few alternatives you can try.

Ammonia is a useful tool in cleaning, and you can buy it alone or in cleaning products very inexpensively. If you use a product that includes it as an ingredient, just make sure not to use it with something that contains chlorine bleach, as you could release toxic vapors and fumes. To use it, just apply to the surface, and scrub. Rinse away when you’re done. You may have to repeat, but afterwards, you should be looking at a clean toilet bowl, sink, or shower.

Until April 3rd, we’ll be running a promotion that will help combat the hard water we all experience in Las Vegas – 10% off water softener installation when you call DMS Plumbing at (702) 353-7335.

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