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How to remove rust in the kitchen and bathroom

Need rust stain removal tips for your bathroom and kitchen surfaces? Look no further - this article has everything you need!


By Cleanipedia Team

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Key Steps:

  • Be sure to use the correct rust removal method for the type of surface. Linoleum, chrome, ceramic, stainless steel and porcelain surfaces should be treated in different ways.

  • Test any cleaning product on a small area first to ensure you do not damage the surface.

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.

Ideally, you should give the surface a good clean before you treat any rust stains. Remember to always read the label first to check the product is suitable to use on the surface, and test any cleaning product in a small area first.


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How to Remove Rust Stains from Linoleum Surfaces

  1. First, scrub at the rust with a cloth and a solution of warm water and liquid detergent. Rinse the area well once you’ve finished, and let it dry.

  2. If rust still remains on your lino, then it is time to move to a more powerful rust stain remover. When using any new store-bought cleaning products for the first time, be sure to read their labels carefully and wear appropriate protection over your hands and face. Rust removers contain powerful chemical agents – they should be handled with care, in a well-ventilated area, and rinsed off completely after they’ve done their job.

  3. Alternatively, a homemade rust stain remover can be created using cream of tartar (one tablespoon) and water (two tablespoons) to form a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area, scrub in well, and then rinse off with water.

How to Remove Rust from Chrome Surfaces

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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.

Watch this video to see the simple process of removing rust stains in the kitchen and bathroom.

How to Remove Rust on Ceramics and Porcelain Surfaces

  1. Firstly, use a wet pumice stone to rub at the rust stains.

  2. After the area has dried, use a rust stain remover.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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