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 Stains from Linoleum Surfaces
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.