Rust stains are some of the ugliest and most difficult stains to remove. The sleek look of porcelain is easily marred when rust comes into the picture. Detracting from its overall clean and shiny appearance, rust usually finds its way onto porcelain through hard water or as a residual from metal objects placed nearby. While these stains are unsightly to look at and irritating to clean, it’s not impossible. Rust stains require a little more effort to remove from porcelain, but the end result is more than worth it.
Things You'll Need:
- Baking soda
- White vinegar
- Clean cloth
- Cream of tartar
- 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
- Do not use abrasives to scrub the porcelain as this may cause scratches. Do not use chlorine bleach to remove rust stains as this will make the stain worse.
Mix ½ cup baking soda with ½ cup white vinegar in a large container or bucket. Make sure that you have plenty of room to make up for the caustic reaction that vinegar and baking soda have together. The combination of the two causes fizzing and bubbles that can make quite a mess.
Apply the paste to the stained area once the bubbles have gone down. Scoop the mixture up with a clean cloth, and cover the entire area so that none of the stain is exposed.
Allow the paste to sit on the stain for an hour.
Rinse the paste away with clean water.
Mix a second paste of cream of tartar and 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in equal parts. Be sure to make enough paste to cover the entire stain.
Apply the paste to the affected area with a clean cloth and allow it to sit on the area for an hour.
Rinse the paste away with clean water, and scrub the area with a soft, clean cloth to remove any residual stain.
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.