Rust stains on toilet fixtures and bowls are a common occurrence. These annoying stains occur because of the minerals in hard water, especially water with a high concentration of iron. Rust stains can be difficult to remove, because generic household cleaners do not work on them. However, by using the right cleaner and cleaning method, you can remove rust stains in toilets.
Step 1 – Prepare the Surrounding Area
Before you set about cleaning the rust from your toilet fixtures, remove all surrounding objects to avoid caustic cleaners from splashing onto them. Move away carpet from the nearby area as well. Wear a pair of thick gloves. Open the bathroom window to air out any fumes or odors that may emanate as a result of the cleaning. Wear a protective jacket to avoid damage to your clothes and protect your feet with thick shoes.
Step 2 – Apply Concentrated Lemon Juice or White Vinegar on the Rusted Parts
Using a sponge, generously apply a coating of lemon juice or white vinegar on the rusted fixture. Scrub thoroughly and apply another coating. Wait for about 30 minutes and wipe off the stain. If needed, repeat the process a couple of times. If the rust stain is not completely removed, proceed to the next step.
Step 3 – Use Baking Soda or Borax
Baking soda is also effective in removing rust stains. Make a thick paste of baking soda with white vinegar or lemon juice. To avoid chemical reactions, avoid using a plastic container to mix the paste together. Apply the paste onto the rusted surface. Let it sit for about 1/2 an hour. Wipe of the paste and scrub the area. If there is some rust still remaining, repeat the process and scrub clean. If this method does not remove all the rust, you will have to try a chemical cleaning product that is not as environmentally friendly.
Step 4 – Use a Commercial Cleaning Product
Several commercial cleaning products can effectively remove rust from toilet fixtures. However, these options must be tried last, because they are generally toxic in nature. You must be very careful when using such products. Keep young children and pets a safe distance away. These cleaners are not recommended for those households that have a septic system.
Zud® Heavy Duty Cleanser is a potent cleaner that can effectively remove all rust stains from toilet fixtures. Read the package instructions thoroughly before use. Apply the solution or powder onto the affected area as per directions. Wait for 1 hour and then scrub it off with a brush. Avoid using steel wool or other harsh cleaners that can scratch the surface. Flush the toilet or rinse off the fixture with water. Hydrochloric acid is another component that is effective in ridding your toilet of rust stains. It is found in another popular cleaning brand called The Works®. You can try the toilet bowl cleaner or the tub and shower cleaner. Spray on the solution and wait for the recommended amount of time before rinsing it off.