Most homes here in the Lakeland and Plant City, FL areas have hard water, which means our water has a high mineral content. Because of our hard water, stains from rust or mineral deposits can occur in your sinks, toilets, and bathtubs, making them look unsanitary and old. Luckily, there are various methods out there that work for getting rid of rust and mineral deposit stains and keeping them away. Here are our 6 tips for removing these tough stains.
Avoid Using Harsh Chemicals
Natural methods available on the market are generally the best to use, because using harsh chemicals can damage the pipes of your plumbing over time. Also, avoiding harsh chemicals will be safer for your family, pets, and household surfaces.
Scrub w/ Shaw Pads
These environmentally friendly products can be ordered directly from the manufacturer or on eBay for less than $10. This product is simple and effective. No chemicals will be found in this product and it is safe for all septic systems.
Shaw pads come with a short handle and a special pad. Simply wet the pad and use short, strong strokes to remove the buildup. When you are finished flush the toilet and enjoy your clean toilet!
Use a Pumice Stick
This environmentally friendly option for getting rid of stains from rust and mineral deposits is perfect for porcelain. To use a pumice stick, simply wet the bar and rub it back and forth on the stain. Eventually, this will develop a pumice paste, which will help in cleaning and polishing the area. Rinse off the surface after scrubbing and you are done!
Apply Vinegar or Lemon Juice
Any natural acidic element will help in reducing the number of stains from rust or mineral deposits. Vinegar is the perfect cleaning agent! Use full strength white vinegar directly on the affected area. Keep the area wet and let it sit for a few hours until the stain starts to dissolve. Wipe it away and you are done!
As soon as you see mineral deposits, clean them! The longer you allow stains from rust or minerals to build, the tougher it will be to get rid of them.
Mix Baking Soda + Water
For extremely tough stains, a cleaning paste made entirely of warm water and baking soda will do the trick! Mix the two together and rub the resulting paste over the stain and allow it to soak in. Then, let it sit for a full ten minutes. Wipe away with a soft sponge or cloth.
Invest in a Water Filtration System
Go straight to the source and cut out future problems with rust and mineral deposit buildup. Investing in a water filtration system for your home will give you better drinking water and remove minerals from the water directly. Plumbing companies like True Plumbers can install a water filtration system, or provide information for additional options that can remove the rust and mineral buildups before they can cause unsightly stains.
Do you know a few other tricks? If so, we want to hear about them! Let us know what you use to get rid of these tough stains in your toilets, bathtubs, showers, and sinks.
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