For many homeowners, keeping their houses squeaky clean is a point of pride. Most of them feel confident scrubbing away the normal, everyday buildup of grime, but there’s one issue that can stump even the most seasoned housekeepers: rust spots.
Rust stains in the bathroom can turn your sparkling white tub into a splotchy nightmare. Luckily, your friends at Yoder Plumbing have some clever tricks up our sleeves to help you banish unsightly stains from your sinks, toilets, and tubs.
How do you prevent rust from growing?
Prevention is the most effective cure. It’s one thing to attack rust stains when they have already formed, but here are some great tips for making sure they don’t show up in the first place:
- Clean regularly. This seems like a no-brainer, but it really is what works best. Cleaning your tubs and shower heads every week works wonders to keep away the rust. No matter what cleaning tools you prefer, always towel-dry your tub, and make sure you squeegee your shower walls after using them to keep hard water stains and rust from forming. Clean toilets and sinks daily to prevent unsightly rust buildup.
- Invest in a water softener. Using a water softener or water filtration system in your home can help reduce the minerals running through your water. This not only reduces issues with rust but can also improve your water’s taste and smell. The up-front cost may seem expensive at first, but it pays for itself by preventing rust, hard water buildup, and other issues that take time and money to fix.
If you do find rust, how do you get rid of it?
You will be happy to know that cleaning the nooks and crannies of your bathroom is not as expensive as you might think. In fact, you can get rid of those stubborn rust stains with some common household items:
- Lemon and salt: When life gives you lemons, use them to fight rust stains! Lemon juice combined with salt is a formidable duo that can work wonders in removing those stubborn rust marks. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice onto the affected area and sprinkle a generous amount of salt over it. Then it is time for some good old elbow grease.
- Vinegar and baking soda: For a fizzy, fun approach to rust stain removal, turn to the dynamic duo of vinegar and baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda over the rusty spots, ensuring full coverage. Then, pour vinegar over the baking soda, causing a delightful chemical reaction that produces fizz and shiny bathtubs.
- Steel wool scrubber: When faced with tough rust stains, steel wool can be your trusty ally. There is a reason it was our mother’s favorite and it can be yours too. Choose a fine-grade steel wool pad dampened with water. Gently scrub the rusted area, applying moderate pressure.
Call Yoder Plumbing for all your bathroom maintenance needs!
Rust stains in the bathroom can be a pesky annoyance, but with just a few clever tricks and regular preventative maintenance from Yoder Plumbing, you can keep your bathroom in tip-top shape. With our help, you can bid farewell to the problems that cause rust stains to grow in the first place. Contact us today to learn more!