Porcelain is an inexpensive and appealing substance which is ideal for the construction of bathtubs and sinks. However, a porcelain sink or bathtub can be affected by rust stains which can damage their appearance by making them look dirty and old. The rust which accumulates on porcelain is caused by iron salts which are dissolved in the water supply. Below is a guide which will help you to combat rust stains on your porcelain bathroom fittings.
How to Prevent Rust Stains
When you have finished using your bath or sink, you should take the time to rinse it thoroughly with clean water. You should then wipe the surface down with a clean towel. This cleaning will help to remove any iron salt residue which has begun to collect on the porcelain surface. While you may occasionally see some rust forming, by washing and wiping your porcelain surfaces, you can significantly reduce the rate at which the problem occurs.
You should also avoid placing metal cans, such as deodorant sprays, directly onto porcelain surfaces. The metal on the base of the can will react with any water it comes into contact with, leading to the formation of rust. You should instead store any metal cans in a bathroom cupboard or cabinet.
How to Remove Rust Stains
To remove rust stains from your porcelain sink or bathtub, you should squeeze a lemon into a cup of water. You should pour the lemon water over the rust-stained area and leave it for a few moments. Because lemon is acidic, it will begin to break down the rust stain. You can then scrub the porcelain surface using a hard bristled brush to remove the rust stain.
Alternatively, you can dip a pumice stone in water and then gently rub it on the stained area. As the water dissolves the outer layer of the pumice stone, a paste should form. This paste will help to lift the rust stain away from the surface of the bath or sink. Finally, you should rinse away the pumice paste using water.
You should never use bleach to attempt to remove rust stains. The bleach will react with the iron salts and will increase the level of staining on your porcelain sink or bathtub.
If you are having problems with severe staining, you should contact a professional plumbing service like Bunbury Plumbing and Gas. They will be able to assess the plumbing in your bathroom and ensure that the taps on your sink or bathtub are not leaking, which can cause staining. They will also be able to install a water filter in your home, which will help to remove the iron salts which cause staining.
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