How to Prevent Rust Stains in your Toilet
Doubt if anyone likes cleaning the bathroom. And what makes bathroom cleaning worse? When after all that scrubbing effort, your rust-stained toilet still looks dirty and it gets worse with every flush.
There are ways to remove rust stains from your toilet for good and prevent rust stains from reoccurring and adding to your endless to-do list.
Where Do Rust Stains Come From?
Red-brown rust stains in your toilet bowl result from the presence of minerals in hard water. Air combines with these minerals, causing them to oxidize and color. Over time, they build up atop surfaces where water drips.
With the right measures, you can reduce the mineral buildup, and thus the deposits on the surfaces of your toilets and wash basins, helping keep these surfaces stain-free.
First Step: Removing Rust Stains
Avoid the use of bleach when cleaning rust stains, as, apart from being bad for you and the environment, they will actually chemically-charge and super-power rust stains, worsening the problem.
You also want to be careful with your use of cleaning techniques as scratching or damaging your toilet bowl makes it easier for buildup to occur, and the future removal of stains next to impossible.
Open the window for ventilation if possible. Next, to make cleaning easier, turn off the valve and flush to remove the water from your toilet bowl.
Use one of the bellow natural cleaning options for removing the existing rust stains:
- Spray-on a mixture of 1-part vinegar to 1-part water and scrub with a hard-bristled brush.
- Make a paste of 3-parts baking soda and 1-part vinegar, scrubbing the bowl with it as you would with a powdered cleanser.
- Dust ¼ cup of borax onto bathroom surfaces, scrubbing with a brush to remove stains, odours and bacteria.
- Wet a pumice stone stick with water and rub it directly on dirt and stains.
Second Step: How to Prevent Rust Stains in Your Toilet
Now that you’ve removed rust stains from the surfaces of your toilet, it is time to keep them away for good.
Do it the hard way
- Clean Regularly - Cleaning your toilet once a week will keep surfaces smooth, preventing the buildup of mineral and other deposits from taking hold.
- Keep Things Dry - As much as possible, wipe down bathroom surfaces exposed to water to cut-down on exposure to iron residue. (Obviously this will not work in the toilet.)
- Keep an Eye Out for Metals - Metal-bottomed cans such as shaving cream and air fresheners can also contribute to rust stains on bath surfaces. Store them in a cupboard or cabinet – not on bath and sink ledges.
Do it the right way
- Use Pulitamin Magic Eco Balls Water Softener. Our Magic Eco Balls can eliminate the problem at the source, removing iron and other mineral deposits in water to prevent future stains. It is easy to install, and lasts on average for up to 6 months.