Where there are iron furnishings and water in close proximity, there will be rust formation. This is especially true for kitchens and bathrooms, where both of these things are present in high quantities. Removing rust stains from countertop areas and other surfaces can be a challenge for any home-owner. 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.
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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How to Remove Rust Stains from Countertops & Floors Made of Linoleum
First, scrub at the rust with a cloth using a solution of warm water and liquid detergent. Rinse the area well once you’ve finished, and let it dry.
If the rust still remains on the surface, it's probably time to move to a more powerful rust stain remover. When using new commercial cleaning products for the first time read the labels carefully and take safety measures to protect your hands and face. Rust removers contain powerful chemical agents – they should be handled with care and in a well-ventilated area. Also, should be 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 in the affected area, scrub well, and then rinse off with water.
How to Remove Rust from Iron
If you’re removing rust from iron or wondering how to remove rust from metal surfaces like chrome then try this trick: rub the stain with a small piece of aluminium foil that has been dipped in the water or vinegar. This works well 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 dries, use a rust stain remover.
Alternatively, try another homemade rust remover: mix some lemon with Borax or cream of tartar to make the paste, and then apply the paste to the rust. After leaving the paste for five minutes, scrub it 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 the traces of the rust remover.
Be sure to use the correct rust removal method for the type of surface. Linoleum, chrome, ceramic, 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.