Rust stains are unsightly and can make an otherwise clean sink or tub appear dirty and neglected. If you’ve tried in the past to remove these stains with no luck, you may be convinced they are there to stay, but with our two-tiered approach, rust stains can become a thing of the past. Read on for tips on rust stain removal using a variety of do-it-yourself and commercial cleaners, from the helpful professionals at Mr. Handyman.
What Causes Rust Stains?
Rust stains can be challenging to remove and may become permanent over time. Possible causes include:
A rusty or deteriorated water heater, fixtures, or pipes can cause rust particles to be present in your water supply. In addition to the damage to your home, this is a health concern that should be addressed as quickly as possible by a professional, licensed plumber. If the issue stems from rusty pipes or a water heater, they will need to be replaced.
If the water entering your home has a sufficiently high iron content, the water may look and taste normal—but in areas where there is often standing water, such as the toilet bowl, rust stains may appear. One option is to have your water tested or contact a professional, licensed plumber. If an abundance of iron deposits is the problem, a softener or filter is recommended.
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