Some of the most frustrating and hard to remove stains are rust stains on bathroom fixtures. Yet they are also the most common, just by the sheer nature of the bathroom environment. Rust stains come from iron in the home’s water. Since the only sure fire way to permanently remove iron from the water supply is to install an iron filter. So chances are, rust will appear in your bathroom at one point or another. Most of the time they will be on the tile surrounding a leaking toilet or bathtub.
The number one thing to never ever do in trying to remove a rust stain is using chlorine bleach. This will only set the stain and make it impossible to remove later. If the stain is relatively new there are many cleaning compounds that will help. Products that are specifically designed to remove rust are the best. These can include CLR or Tile & Grout Magic. Other products can be used but be sure to read the label. Make sure it doesn’t contain chlorine bleach and that it is designed for rust stains. Simply pour a tiny amount of the cleaner on the stained area. Or spray the area lightly, whichever method the cleaner uses. Now wait for approximately five or six minutes, this will allow the cleaner to soak into the stain.
Use a stiff brush to scrub the cleaner into the stain. Don’t use a wire brush since this could scratch any finish on your bathroom fixture or the tile. The bristles of the brush need to be soft enough to not scratch or scuff the surface, but be stiff enough to be effective for scrubbing. Using a circular motion usually works best but be sure to cover the entire area. Now soak a sponge in mildly warm water and wipe down the stained area. Rinse the sponge out frequently and continue rinsing until the stained area is completely clean. Once the surface is dry you can determine if any stain has resisted your efforts. If it has, repeat the steps and it should be cleared up in no time.