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How to Clean Rust Stains on Floor After Moving Your Washer

Water and iron react with each other to leave a build-up of rust, especially under washing machines. Use the surface cleaning process given here to clean rust stains from your floor.

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Keeping your washing machine in a corner for a long time can result in rust stains on your floor. You can use a steel wool scrubber to treat the rust, but it is likely to leave scratch marks on your floor. It would be better to use a commercially available rust remover. However, if you want to avoid using harsh chemicals, follow the steps given below.

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Ingredients to Keep Handy:

a) 1 bucket of warm water

b) Dishwashing liquid

c) Cotton cloth

d) Baking soda

e) Sponge

f) Cotton cloth

g) Floor disinfectant

h) Aluminum foil

i) Vinegar

  1. Step 1: Clean the Area

    Fill warm water in a bucket. Add 3-4 drops of a dishwashing liquid. Twirl the water to ensure that the dishwashing liquid has fully dissolved. Soak a cotton cloth in this solution and wipe the rust-affected area with it. Rinse with plain water and let the area air-dry.

  2. Step 2: Prepare a Stain-Removing Paste

    Mix 2 tbsp. of baking soda with 2 tsp. of water to form a paste. Apply this paste on the rust-stained floor. Wait for 10 minutes, and then scrub it off with a damp sponge. This should remove the rust stains. Repeat the step if the stains are not completely gone. Once the stains have come off the floor, wipe clean with a damp cotton cloth to remove any residual paste particles.

  3. Step 3: Wipe the Floor

    Finally, mop your floor using an effective floor cleaner. After cleaning, you can disinfect the floor using a suitable disinfectant floor cleaner, like a sodium-hypochlorite based product such as Domex Floor Cleaner which kills germs. Follow instructions on the pack for usage and compatible surfaces and always test on an inconspicuous area first.

To remove rust stains from metal surfaces, dip a small piece of aluminum foil in vinegar. Rub this piece on the rusted metal surface. The two will react and reverse the rusting process. Result: The rusted metal will shine again. This cleaning tip will come in handy when you want to clean any rust stains from metal surfaces on your washing machine.

How do you know that the surfaces in your kitchen and bathroom have been disinfected?

With these handy cleaning instructions, you won’t have to worry about rust stains anymore!  

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