Most homeowners encounter rust in their homes and one of the most prone areas are bathtubs, sinks, and fixtures. In fact, bathtub rust is one of the most unsightly places for rust in your home.
Rust is usually a result of corroding iron and it causes unsightly brown stains. It could also develop from water that has a high iron content or from water that runs through rusty pipelines. Rust is not only unsightly but unhygienic and if left unattended, it could cause various damages. If you are experiencing bathtub rust and would like to get rid of it, here are some tips to help you out.
How to Remove Existing Bathtub Rust
There are numerous products in the market that you can use to remove bathtub rust. However, most of them are formulated with harsh chemicals like bleach that could actually make the problem a lot worse. Bearing that in mind, you can use these natural methods instead.
- Combine one part lemon juice or vinegar and one part warm water, spray the mixture on the stain and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Scrub the area with a bristle brush in small circular motions and the rust should disappear.
- Combine lemon juice with salt, pour the mixture on the tub rust stain and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Scrub the stain using a toothbrush or a bristle brush and the stain should come off.
How to Prevent Bathtub Rust
Wipe your tub after use
Now that you have gotten rid of the rust stain, it is only natural you want it to stay at bay.
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There are various ways you can prevent rust in your bathtub, sinks or fixtures. And one of the best ways is wiping all water after use.
Without any water, there will be no reaction with other minerals. This is similar to keeping a squeegee in the shower to prevent rust or hard water stains.
Metal cans should not be placed in or around the bathtub
Metal cans like shaving cream cans should be kept far from the bathtub.
Water and metal are prone to cause rust anytime they are placed together. And you’re bound to find rust rings where the metal can is sitting.
You can either opt for products that come in plastic bottles or you can find another place to place your cans.
Use a water softener
Usually, hard water contains minerals that cause or contribute to the formation of bathtub rust. One of the best solutions to this problem is investing in a residential water softener. The water softener is attached to your water line and it softens hard water before it reaches your home.
Soft water will not only reduce any chances of bathtub rust but it will be far better for your plumbing system. Your sinks, fixtures, dishwasher, and washing machine will benefit from soft water as well.
Ensure proper ventilation in the bathroom
Your bathroom should be well ventilated to help dry out any moisture that would cause rust formation.
If the bathroom has a ventilation fan, you should keep it running while and after you bathe. If you do not have one, then you might want to invest in it or open your bathroom window for ventilation.
Bathtub rust just too much?
As you can see, there are numerous ways to prevent tub rust and a few ways to get rid of it. However, if you have a severe case of rust and these methods cannot help, you can contact Forrest Anderson to renovate your bathroom and get rid of the rust nuisance once and for all.