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What Causes Rust Stains in Sinks & Bathtubs?

water softener How is the water in your home? Better question: How do your sinks and bathtubs look (before you clean them with a ton of elbow grease)? If there are hard water stains and rust galore, something needs to be done — and fast!

What Causes Plumbing Fixtures to Rust?

Dissolved iron within water is the main culprit when it comes to rusted sinks and bathtubs. Once this iron sits and oxidizes, that repulsive looking brown-orange rust will begin to appear. Keep chemicals and bleach far away, as this will only worsen the condition of your bathroom.

Different Ways to Remove the Rust

  • First things first, prevent rust from forming by wiping your sink or bathtub down with your towel after each use.
  • Remove any metals from your sink and bathtub, like cans of shaving cream, aerosol sprays, and hair products. When moisture is present within the bathroom, the metal on the cans will form rust and leave an orange ring on whatever surface it sits atop of.
  • Spray a solution of one part vinegar and one part water on the rust. Let it sit for a few minutes before eventually scrubbing it with a brush.
  • Purchase a pumice stone, wet it, and scrub away at any rust spots. A paste will begin to form over the rust, which will help lift up and remove the rust spots.
  • Avoid rust and hard water stains altogether by installing a water softener. This will remove minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium that cause rust, stains, and mineral buildup. Not only will your bathroom look cleaner, but your plumbing will avoid any extra wear and tear (and early replacement).

A rust filled bathroom shouldn’t exist in any person’s home — seriously. When you’re sick of hard water and rust taking over your bathrooms and kitchen, consider installing a new water softener by Aquarius Water Conditioning. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (888) 741-9025.

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