Where there are iron furnishings and water in close proximity, there will be rust formation. This is especially true of kitchens and bathrooms, where both of these things are present in high quantities. Removing rust stains can be a challenge for any homeowner, but this guide will offer some strategies for reducing the visibility of these unsightly marks.
Ideally, rust treatment should take place after you’ve given the surface a good clean. This will help you differentiate between dirt marks and rust stains, making it easier to target rust removal.
How to Remove Rust from Chrome Surfaces
The most effective rust removal technique for chrome surfaces is to rub the stain with a small piece of aluminium foil that has been dipped in water or vinegar. This works by transferring electrons between the two metals, which will reverse the rusting process.
How to Remove Rust on Ceramics and Porcelain Surfaces
- Firstly, use a wet pumice stone to rub at the rust stains.
- After the area has dried, use a rust stain remover.
- Alternatively, try another homemade rust remover: mix some lemon with Borax or cream of tartar to make a paste, and apply to the rust. After leaving the paste for five minutes, scrub it in with an old toothbrush. For best results you should then add more lemon juice and cover the application with salt. This can then be left for a few hours to dry before scrubbing it off.
- Lastly, rinse the area with warm water to remove all traces of rust remover.
Fine steel wool can also be used for rust treatment in the most extreme cases. Beware though: steel wool may also remove paint or polish, and can scratch surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom.