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How Do You Remove Rust Stains?

Rust stains on a white bathtub.

Rust stains can appear on indoor and outdoor surfaces, and they can be hard to remove with ordinary household cleaners. In fact, using bleach-based cleaners can actually make rust stains worse. That’s why it’s important to choose products especially formulated for removing rust stains. These solutions allow you to easily remove rust and can even help keep it off over time.


What Causes Rust Stains?


Rust stains on indoor surfaces are typically caused by the presence of iron in your water. This is especially common for homes that rely on well water. Sometimes, water may appear rust-colored as it flows from your faucets. Other times, iron is dissolved in the water and is not visible, but once it’s exposed to the air, it oxidizes and leaves brown or orange stains behind.


Rust stains — sometimes referred to as iron stains — can occur wherever water is used. So, you may see rust stains in toilets, sinks, washing machines, showers and bathtubs, for example. Exterior surfaces, such as siding and concrete, can also develop rust stains.


How Do You Remove Rust Stains from Concrete and Other Outdoor Surfaces?


Rust stains can be caused by iron-rich water dripping from faucets or sprinklers, or water dripping from rusty surfaces. Rust stains can result on siding, foundations, concrete sidewalks, patios and more. Whink Rust Stain Remover Foaming Spray easily dissolves rust stains without damaging those surfaces.


How Do You Remove Rust Stains From Toilets and Sinks?


Rust stains in your bathroom can make it look dirty, even if you regularly clean your sink and toilet.


Whink Rust Stain Remover is an odorless, liquid formula that easily removes rust stains on toilets and sinks, making them look new again.


Once you’ve used Whink Rust Stain Remover to erase toilet rust stains, a good way to prevent them from returning is by treating the water in your toilet tank. Whink RUSTGuard prevents buildup in the tank, which will, in turn, keep the water in your toilet bowl cleaner.


How Do You Remove Rust Stains from Showers and Bathtubs?


Rust stains commonly form in showers and bathtubs, and the large, vertical surfaces can be a challenge to clean. To remove rust stains in your tub or shower, spray Whink Rust Stain Remover Foaming Spray onto the discolored surface, allow it to sit until the stains have dissolved and then rinse with water. The foaming spray is safe for use on porcelain as well as tile, glass and vinyl shower surrounds.


How Do You Remove Rust Stains from Clothes and Carpet?


Iron in water can also lead to rust stains on clothing or leave laundry with a yellowish appearance. Just as it fights rust or iron stains in the bathroom, Whink Rust Stain Remover also helps restore colorfast fabrics to their original hues. It can also be used to remove rust stains from carpet.


How Do You Remove Rust Stains from Other Surfaces?


Rust stains can form in a number of other places. In addition to working on concrete and bathroom surfaces, products like Whink Rust Stain Remover Foaming Spray dissolve iron and rust stains from a number of places, including:


  • Ceramic
  • Plastic
  • Vinyl siding
  • Chrome
  • Stainless steel


How Do You Remove Mineral Deposits?


If you have lime scale a hard, white substance that is caused by calcium carbonate in your water Whink Calcium Lime Remover can erase buildup on sinks, shower doors, tile and bathtubs. The nonabrasive formula can even be used on kitchen cookware.


Rust and mineral deposits can make an unwelcome appearance in and around your home. But, by understanding where it comes from and choosing the right products to combat it, you can remove those stains and, in some situations, even help prevent them from returning.