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How to Remove Rust Stains from Bathroom Fixtures

Remove Rust Stains from Bathroom Fixtures

Bathroom rust staining is a common and unattractive dilemma. Normally they result from high iron content in the water or when you leave metal items on wet surfaces. Luckily, you do not have to put up with these eyesores. Given the right steps and supplies, your bathroom fixtures could go back to looking as good as when you first acquired them. That's why Texas Cleaning Services is here to provide some advice that will help you easily eliminate rust stains from your bathroom fixtures.

Materials You’ll Need:

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Lemon juice

  • Salt

  • A soft cloth or sponge

  • A toothbrush, or a small scrubbing brush

  • Rust remover if you have a lot of rust (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Assess the Stains

Look closely at the rust stains first. It may require more effort for stains that are older and have had time to set in and dry, as compared to new stains. Understanding the toughness of the spots will help you figure out what cleaning method to use.

2. Vinegar and Baking Soda Paste

  • Apply a paste of white vinegar and baking soda in equal quantities. Vinegar is acidic and cuts through rust so baking soda can be the gentle abrasive that scrubs away the rust.

  • Spread it onto the rust stains directly.

  • Allow it to set for 15-20 minutes for the concoction to infiltrate the rust.

  • Scrub the area with a soft sponge or cloth.

  • Wash down with water and use a dry rag to clean.

3. Lemon Juice and Salt

Citric acid is a great ingredient for removing rust, and lemon is rich in it. In combination with salt, it makes into a not so harsh, granulated mixture which can help in scraping the stains.

  • Sprinkle salt over the rust stains.

  • Cover the salted area completely in a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

  • Set aside for 30 minutes -1 hour.

  • May want to try to scrub the area (Maybe a toothbrush or small scrubbing controlled brush)

  • Wash with water and dry on a soft cloth.

4. Commercial Rust Removers

For stubborn rust staining that the natural remedies won't fully remove, turn to a commercial rust remover. These are rust-busting products and are available at most hardware stores.

  • Make sure to closely follow the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Spray or apply the rust remover onto the affected spot.

  • Let it sit for the duration recommended.

  • Gently scrub with a soft cloth, or a brush if necessary.

  • Wash off with water thoroughly and pat dry.

Preventing Future Rust Stains

Once you’ve successfully removed the rust stains, take steps to prevent them from returning:

  • Install a Water Softener: You can eliminate mineral buildup by installing a water softener in case your water content is high in iron levels.

  • Dry Fixtures: Dry those toilets, faucets, shower heads, etc. after use so that if any residue water is there, it will be removed. It helps to prevent metal objects from rusting and staining the surfaces.

  • Choose Rust-Resistant Fixtures: When you install rust-resistant materials (for instance, plastic, or stainless steel), you prevent rust from appearing in the first place.


If you are completely new to the world of bathroom fixtures, removing rust stains from them may sound challenging. RECYCLE Safe, non-toxic and eco products At Texas Cleaning Services we can clean anything How to keep your house clean If you survey your home and realize that the DIY stuff is not sufficient to guarantee that your home remains free of bed buds, then our professional team is there to assist. We can do our magic in your bathroom as well!

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