No matter how much time and effort you spend to keep your home’s bathroom clean and sanitary, unsightly stains can undo all your hard work. Rust stains can give your perfectly kept plumbing fixtures a filthy appearance and may discourage you from inviting friends and family to enjoy your home. Even if the toilet, tub, or sink has just been scrubbed, the visual appearance of grime may leave everyone who uses the fixture feeling a little less clean than before.

Yet stubborn iron stains can be frustrating to clean. If you’re having trouble with streaky, lingering rust in your clean bathroom, these tips may help you restore the pristine appearance to each of your plumbing fixtures!

Iron Stains – How They Happen

Iron stains often seem to come out of nowhere. Thus, it might surprise anyone to discover the potential for them existed all along. The dissolved iron in drinking water contacts the air and begins to oxidize. These oxidized particles then begin to collect on the surface of your bathroom plumbing fixtures and continue to discolor.

Bleach-based cleaners encourage the formation of iron stains. The chemicals in bleach cleaners interact with the iron to encourage further build up and make it more difficult to clean.

Defeating Iron Stains

Removing iron stains from your fixtures can take a bit of work, but is well worth the time you put in. Once you have removed them, it requires minimal effort to keep them at bay. These tried-and-true methods can help you restore your bathroom to a stain-free state!

  • If you find you have an issue with rust stains appearing and returning, consider your cleaning products and tools. Select cleaners without bleach, and scrubbers that will not damage the toilet, tub, or sink’s surface. A roughened, compromised surface is more likely to collect oxidized iron.
  • Mix one part white vinegar or lemon juice with one part water. Combine these in a spray bottle and spritz on affected surfaces. Use a brush with firm bristles to scrub the sprayed stains.
  • If vinegar or lemon juice does not deal with the stains, try a mixture of one part oxalic acid to ten parts warm water. Allow it to sit for one to three minutes before scrubbing with a hard-bristled brush.
  • A pumice stone can make quick work of rust stains. Wet the stone, then rub it against the toilet bowl, tub, or sink. It will leave behind a paste that can power away stains without damaging the surface. Use this paste to clean the iron sediment from where it has collected.
  • You can also use a mixture of three parts baking soda to one part vinegar as a method to clean stubborn iron stains.
  • Once you have removed the existing stains, keep them away with a regular cleaning routine. A clean surface is less likely to collect iron stains.
  • Consider installing a water softener in your home. These can specifically remove iron from your water supply to help prevent rust stains.
  • In the most extreme cases, you may need to consider upgrading your home’s pipes and plumbing. Rust deposits may originate in older pipes that have begun to degrade.

The Experts in Plumbing Needs

Whether you’re concerned about the toilet stains brought on by excess iron, the quality of your home’s current pipes, or any other plumbing trouble, Bill Fenwick Plumbing has the expertise you need and the excellent customer service you deserve. Contact us today!