Have you seen some rust lately in your toilet? These ugly brown marks usually appear when water flows through older, rusty galvanized pipes. Luckily these stains are not permanent; there are ways to get rid of them, and they are also methods that serve as a preventive measure against rust-stained toilets.
How To Remove Rust Stains In Your Toilet
Commercial rust removers are effective in removing rust, as they are made for. They are easy to use; all you have to do is apply the content to the rusty services and then rinse it off after a while. However, most people would think twice about using these products because they contain harsh chemicals that may put a person in harm’s way if it comes in contact with the skin or the respiratory system.
For a change, here are some chemical-free methods you can use to remove stains from your toilets.
1. Citric Acid
Scrubbing the rust stain with citrus fruits like lemons, lime, and grapefruit is a tried and tested chemical-free way to remove rust. The acids in these fruits are potent enough to get the work done.
2. Vinegar And Baking Soda
Are you struggling to get a stubborn rust stain off your toilet? Try this: Create a paste out of baking soda and Vinegar. Apply the paste to the affected area and let it be for at least one hour. When it is rinsed off, the rust should no longer be there. If it is, repeat the process until you’re satisfied with the result.
3. Cream Of Tartar
This is an ingredient commonly found in many baking recipes and a byproduct of winemaking. To get rid of the rust on the toilet, sprinkle it on the stained surface, and create a paste with a few drops of water. Cover the area with plastic wrap to keep the paste moist, and allow it to sit there for a while.
How To Prevent Rust Stains In Your Toilet
Clean your toilet regularly: Cleaning it at least once a week will keep it smooth and prevent iron and other deposits from building up.
Repair Plumbing Leaks
Constant exposure to water causes rust stains to build up fast. So if you suspect there might be a leak, call a professional plumber to get it fixed.
Remove Metals From Surfaces
Key an eye out for metals such as hairsprays, razors, shaving cream, e.t.c, as they are prone to rust due to the moisture in the bathroom.
Add A Water Filtration System
A water filtration system will help remove iron and other deposit in water to prevent excessive staining on your plumbing in the future.