Iron stains on the sink or clothing are very frustrating.
Most people wonder how you get rust stains on clothes or a sink when there is no exposed metal on the sink to rust, or in the washing machine that would rust. Rust stains usually show themselves around the drain or near the faucet in a dirty brown, red, orange or yellowish color that makes the bathroom or kitchen look dirty and stains clothing. Most rust stains are actually not from something you left in the sink or the sink itself rusting or even the washing machine, the rust is from your water!! People who live in an area where the iron content in the water is high, often experience this problem. Scrubbing the stains with soap and water usually does little to remove them. Scouring powders and steel wool will scratch the sink. (Never use bleach to try and remove rust, it will only make the problem worse) The best cure for iron stains on the sink or iron stains on clothes is to have your water tested by us. Once we have tested the water (which we do for free!!), we will be able to design an affordable and effective water treatment system that will permanently and safely remove the iron from your water. Not only will that prevent any further iron stains on your sinks, tubs, faucets and clothing; it will also significantly improve the taste and quality of your water. Here are some common tricks to remove the rust stains:
- Cut a fresh lemon and squeeze the juice or measure 1 to 2 tablespoons of concentrated lemon juice. Pour or squeeze the lemon juice over the unsightly rust stains. Sprinkle a thick layer of salt over the lemon juice and rust stains. Let the salt covering remain on the surface of the sink for eight to 10 hours without disturbing it or running water. Pour lemon juice and add salt before going to sleep at night or before going out for the day. Wet an old toothbrush with lemon juice and scrub the crusted salt off the surface of the sink. The rust stains will be gone! Rinse the sink thoroughly with plain water and wipe it dry with a rag or paper towel.
- Products like CLR and Lime-Away are also very effective at removing rust stains. Just be sure to read the instructions carefully to be sure they are safe to use in your specific “rust” situation.
Assuming you have “clear-water” rust, you can help prevent rust stains in the future by wiping the sink or tub dry after each use. Letting water with a high iron content sit on the surface of the sink or tub causes the iron to oxidize, which is rust, and then dry onto the surface. Not sure what to do? We have a number of effective and affordable solutions to solve your iron water problems. We are fully licensed and insured for all of your plumbing, water, sewer and drain needs. Our technicians are clean-cut, polite, friendly, arrive on-time and are background and drug tested for your peace of mind. We operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we never charge extra for nights, weekends or holidays…EVER! For all of our work you are assured of option pricing; you will know the repair options we suggest and the price of each option BEFORE we do any work. You pick and approve the option you like best, only then do we do the work.
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