How to Remove Rust from Sink

Your mindfulness and sense of beauty are reflected by the look of your sink as well as the faucet. A rusty sink looks dirty if you don’t pay enough attention towards its cleanliness. Here we will show you how to take good care of your sink all year round.

What Causes Rust in a Sink

Rust usually appears in porcelain and steel sinks and happens for many reasons. It looks like there are brown patches on the sink. Water filled with iron coming from galvanized pipes is called hard water that’s known to cause rust in sink. Another culprit is the standing water around your sink that may come in touch with the air which could cause brownish spot. Another source of rust stain and rings is the chemical reaction when you leave a metal object on the wet surface of the sink.

Other issue occurs when your sink is damaged. The stainless steel sink contains chromium and when oxygen makes contact with the chromium, the reaction creates a protective layer which is chromium oxide. But severe chemicals like ammonia could damage the layer and causes rust stains.

When your sink becomes dirty with rust spots, you should take necessary steps to clean it up. Nowadays it has become easy to remove those spots without much effort and time. But your success to remove the stains will highly depend on the surface material. We can take off the spots by using household substances like- vinegar, lemon juice, baking soda or salt as well as some commercial products.

How to Remove Rust from a Sink?

  • Lemon and salt

Two common household things which is always available are lemon and salt. These things can help you to make your sink clean and smell lemony fresh.

At first you need to clean the sink with water, make it dry and close the drain. To make a wet and thick paste, use fresh lemon juice or bottled juice and add enough salt. You have to spread the paste on the rust stains, sit for several hours or overnight and scrub off with a microfiber cloth or a toothbrush. You will get a fresh and clean sink after washing the sink with water. For stubborn spots, you have to repeat the process.

  • Vinegar and baking soda

Baking soda is an outstanding spot remover element for a sink. When you use baking soda and vinegar mixture as a rust remover, the result is like magic and the spots are gone. You will need one portion of vinegar and three portion of baking soda to make a mixture of it which should not seems watery. Using much vinegar may create serious chemical reaction. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave it for few hours. Rub the stain with a scrubber slowly and again wait for about 10-15 minutes. In the end you need to wash it with water and soap and get a nice and stain free sink.

  • Abrasive pads or sandpaper

The fresh rust spot which is not built over a long period, could easily remove by using abrasive pads or sandpaper. While rubbing the scratches of your sink, you will need 80-120 grit sandpaper. At first you have to damp the paper or pads with water and then scrub the rust spot with the craggy side of the pads. Once rubbing is done, rinse off the sink with water.

  • Pumice stone

A pumice stone is used for removing spots from ceramic, although not suggested for fiberglass. Just wet the pumice stone with water and give enough labor to rub away the rust stain. Slowly, the wet stone will make a paste that helps remove the stains. Rinse the sink with water after this process.

  • Lemon juice and borax

The combination of lemon juice and borax is like a gem to remove the stains from your sink. This is an easy remedy to make your black sink fresh and clean.  You have to make a mixture of half lemon and half cup borax and spread it thoroughly over the affected area with a sponge and rub it well. Wash the sink and repeat this if necessary.

  • Oxalic acid

Oxalic acid is an excellent remover which is found in many plants like- parsley, potato and spinach. If you want to use the oxalic acid directly, cut a piece of potato, cover the piece with baking soda or salt, and rub it on the rust stain. If you are tackling stubborn spots, keep the potato over the spots for about an hour and gently rinse it off.

Bar keepers friend cleaners are rich in oxalic acid that is useful to clean kitchen sinks. Bathe your sink with water, spread the cleaner, rub it with a rubber, and wash it off. These cleaners will remove the stains but could be harmful to your skin. So, you have to use them carefully and you can wear gloves for this reason.

  • The peroxide method

The mixture of hydrogen peroxide and cream of tartar is an excellent cleaner for your sink. Apply the paste into the rust spot, sit for a few hours, scrub it nicely to the area and rinse off.

  • Commercial products

There are numerous products in the market which are beneficial to clean rust stains. Products containing bleach should be avoided because they could actually make the situation worse.

However, you could use Zud, Limeosol, magic eraser, Bar keepers friend. and Autosol remover. Porcelain cleaners are good for ceramic sinks. Sink cleaners instantly oxidize the stain without rubbing. They work easily but they may not be so friendly to your hands. They could even burn and cause dizziness because of their harsh chemicals. This is the reason so many people prefer eco-friendly cleaners for their sinks. Despite such disadvantages, they can still make your sink sparkling clean.

Tips for Keeping Your Sink Sparkling

Following some rules can keep your sink as clean as new.

  1. Wash it with hot or warm water to remove harmful materials after use
  2. Dry your sink properly to prevent spots,
  3. Wash your sink weekly with baking soda and white vinegar to avoid rust stains
  4. Never put wet rags, sponges, and rubber mats because they provide extra water which form rust spots

No sink lasts forever and serious stains compel you to think about replacement. Following these instructions for removing rut from your sink, you can get amazing results.


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