Rust is a coating of iron oxide that forms on iron or steel when exposed to oxygen and moisture over long periods of time. Usually, it appears as red or yellowish and can become visible on cars, sinks, household objects, and jewellery. This is something we see often here at Royal Flush Plumbing in Hamilton Ontario and the greater Hamilton area. Here are some tips from our team that you can use to deal with rust stains.
One effective solution for getting rid of rust stains is to use vinegar. Specifically white vinegar and apple cider vinegar have been known to be the most effective. Place the rusted object in a container or bottle, preferably one with a lid, pour in the vinegar until it is about an inch above the object. Put the lid on and shake the container. Leave the object in the vinegar for a day, and then pour out the liquid. The objects should be rust free. If not, repeat the process, or leave them in for longer periods of time.
Use Lemon/Lime and Salt
Another effective solution is to use a lemon, or lime, and salt. First, rub the salt over the rusted area of the object. Secondly, apply the lemon or lime juice over the salt coated area, and leave it for 2 to 3 hours. Lastly, scrub the rust off using a scourer or steel wool. Be careful not to damage the object further.
Use a Toothbrush and Baking Soda
A third solution is to use a toothbrush and some baking soda. First, pour some baking soda into a small dish or container, then add a bit of water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the rusted area and leave it for a few hours. After that, scrub it off with a toothbrush.
If you have any question or comments regarding this article, feel free to contact us! Royal Flush Plumbing offers expert plumbing services in Hamilton and the greater Hamilton area such as Stoney Creek, Dundas, Ancaster, Flamborough, Waterdown, Grimsby, and Burlington.