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While you should never attempt plumbing DIY yourself, one of the things you can do is clean limescale, rust, and corrosions from your faucets, bathtub, and toilet. There are many effective cleaning products on the market to help you with this, but natural solutions can be just as effective.
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If you live in an area where the water is hard, you may have noticed that limescale deposits have started to build up around your faucets, bathtub, and toilet. Or perhaps rust and corrosion is the problem? Let’s look at some of the best ways to remove rust and limescale stains from your bathroom and kitchen.
Natural Cleaning Solutions
Limescale, rust, and corrosion can create unsightly marks on your faucets, bathtub, and sink. You’ll often notice that metal is particularly affected, but over time the surface can start to wear off the porcelain. It’s, therefore, a good idea to clean away rust and limescale to avoid irreversible damage.
Most cleaning solutions contain harsh chemicals and detergents, which aren’t great for your skin or for the environment. If you’re looking for a greener solution, you may like to try some of the following to remove rust and limescale.
White vinegar and baking soda:
Create a mixture of white wine vinegar and baking soda and then spray this on affected areas. Alternatively, spray-on white wine vinegar and then sprinkle with baking soda. Leave the area to soak for ten minutes and then scrub. One of the best ways to scrub away rust and limescale is using a ball of crinkled up aluminum foil.
Baking soda is very effective as it’s abrasive and will help remove rust and limescale without causing further damage. This technique works well on both porcelain and stainless-steel fixtures and fittings.
Salt and lemon or lime juice:
A great way to deal with rust is to sprinkle a little salt on the rust stain. Then use lime or lemon juice and cover the stain and salt. Let the mixture sit on the stain for up to three hours. Then use the lemon or lime rind to scrub away the rust. To remove limescale, you can use much the same technique, but a mixture of lemon and baking soda may be more effective.
Baking soda and water:
Another effective way to remove limescale or rust stains is to sprinkle some baking soda over the affected area and then scrub at it with a toothbrush that’s been dipped in water first. This is effective for removing stains on porcelain, stainless steel, and the grout between tiles. If possible, you can use an electric toothbrush to do this job as it makes scrubbing a lot easier. As mentioned above, baking soda is abrasive and is very effective for cleaning.
Potato and soap:
A technique that you may not have heard of is to use a potato and soap to remove stains. Cut the potato in half, and then sprinkle some baking soda on top. Dip the end into some dish soap and then scrub at the stain. After a while, the potato will get dirty, so you can slice off the end and begin afresh.
How to Prevent Rust Stains and Limescale
There are a few things you can do to prevent rust stains from forming on your faucets and sinks.
Install a filter or water softener
If rust is a major problem, it may be due to the minerals in the water. You may need to install an iron filter or a water softener in your home. Bathroom rust is generally caused by water that’s hard and is rich in iron deposits. Installing a filter can help you to prevent future rust stains. A water filter will also help to reduce the hardness of the water and reduce problems associated with limescale. Obviously, installing a water filter will come at a considerable expense and should only be considered if you have severe issues with your water. A plumber can give you help and advice about whether to install a filter or water softener.
Keep metal cans away from surfaces
It’s a good idea to keep metal cans away from the surface of your bathtub and sink. Cans contain metal, and when they come into contact with your sink or bathtub, they can leave metal rings. This is especially true if you leave a can sitting around in moist conditions for a long time. Keep cans such as shaving creams, cleaners, air fresheners, and hair sprays away from your sink and bathtub as they can cause rust stains and damage the surfaces of your sink and bath.
It’s also a good idea to wipe down your bath after use. After you’ve used one of the above techniques to tackle rust stains or limescale, regular cleaning can help stop the situation from repeating itself. Rinsing out the sink and wiping the bathtub, paying particular attention to problem areas, will remove any iron residue.
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