How to Remove Rust Stains from Your Sinks, Tubs, and Toilets

Rust stains are a common problem when it comes to your sinks, tubs, and toilets. They can be especially difficult to remove because rust is a mineral that has a stronger bond than the materials from which your sinks and toilets are made.

Fortunately, there are several ways you can remove rust stains from these surfaces. Here are some tried-and-true methods for removing rust stains from sinks, tubs, and toilets:

Scouring Pad

If your sink or tub is constructed of porcelain or enameled metal, use a scouring pad to remove the rust. You can buy these pads at grocery stores and hardware stores. The pads are abrasive and will remove the rust from porcelain and enameled surfaces without damaging them. Scrub the rust stain with the scouring pad until it’s gone. Once you’ve removed all traces of rust, use a clean cloth to wipe away any remaining residue from the surface.

Scouring Pad

Pumice Stone

Pumice Stone

If there’s still a visible stain after using the scouring pad or steel wool, try using a pumice stone to remove it. The porous nature of pumice makes it ideal for getting rid of tough stains like rust since it can reach into crevices where other materials won’t be able to reach. Simply rub the stone against the stained area until all traces of rust are gone.

Vinegar

Vinegar

Vinegar is another natural cleaner that’s great for removing rust stains. Pour vinegar over the stain, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then scrub it away with a sponge or cloth. Be sure to rinse thoroughly afterward, so there’s no vinegar left behind; if there is, it could cause damage to your porcelain enamel surface when you wash your hands or take a shower later on.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is an excellent rust remover. The best approach to apply it is to liberally sprinkle baking soda on the rust stain and then leave it to sit for a few minutes. Use a brush or scrubber to gently rub off the rust stains. Rinse with warm water, and then dry with a clean rag.

baking soda

Bleach

Bleach can be used as a quick fix for rust stains. Fill a spray bottle halfway with one part bleach and three parts water. Spray the mixture onto the rust stains, and then scrub with a scrub brush or cloth until the rust is removed. Before using again, thoroughly rinse with warm water and dry with a clean rag.

Bleach

Chemical Cleaners

Chemical cleaners are usually made up of strong chemicals that can damage your skin if you aren’t careful. These products are not recommended for cleaning anything except for small areas because they are so harsh on the environment and on you. They may work well at removing rust stains, but it’s better to use them only as a last resort because there are other, safer options available.

Chemical Cleaners

Call a Plumber

Pic of Jeff Gray

If none of these methods work for you, call a plumber. A professional will know what chemicals work best at removing rust stains from sinks, tubs, toilets, and more! At Gray Plumbing, our experience with rust will help you to remove those stains and make your metal shine like new again. We will come prepared for any task, no matter how big or small. We are on call 24/7 to help you out of your plumbing predicament!

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