Rust stains are a common problem in many bathrooms. Due to the wet nature of the bathtub, the tub surround is particularly susceptible to this type of staining. The bottom of cans of shaving cream, razors, and other beauty aids can all leave these tell tale signs, but so can iron deposits in the water that comes out of the faucet.
Cleaning New Rust Stains
Like most stains, rust stains are easiest to remove when they are first noticed. You may find that you can remove some rust stains from the tub surround using a standard bathroom cleanser if they are caught soon enough.
Treating Rust with Lemon Juice and Salt
If you have a rust stain you cannot remove using your normal bathroom cleanser, try using some standards from your kitchen. Lemon juice and salt, made into a paste, can be applied to any rust stains using a rag. Allow the paste to sit overnight, completely covering the rust. The paste can then be buffed away, lifting the stain away from the surface of the tub surround. The tub should then be rinsed thoroughly with cool water.
Lifting Stains with White Vinegar
You can also use white vinegar to remove rust stains. Simply saturate a cloth with white vinegar and place it over the rust stain on the tub surround. Wait for at least 8 hours or overnight, then use the cloth to remove the remains of the rust stain. Rinse the tub and tub surround to remove any vinegar residue.
Treating Old or Stubborn Rust Stains on the Tub Surround
If common pantry items cannot remove your particular rust stain, purchase a rust stain remover. To use, place some of the stain remover in spray bottle and treat any stained areas. Allow the rust stain remover to rest about 15 minutes, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use a soft bristled brush or Brillo pad to remove the rust stain and the rest of the stain remover while wearing gloves. Apply more remover and repeat the process for particularly tough stains. Rinse off the tub surround once the rust stain has been removed completely.