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Cleaning Well Water Stains from a Bathtub

Minerals from well water can leave stains that are tough to remove. Removing them as they occur will help keep them from building up. This is a guide about cleaning well water stains from a bathtub.

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November 11, 2011 Flag
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We have a well and our toilet, bathtub, sink, and washer all get stains. I tried everything and finally I went to a Mercantile Store, they have items that others don't. I asked the owner about the stains and she said she uses The Works, it's in a white bottle. It works great.

Be sure to rinse the bathtub out really good. I have used the green bottle, but it doesn't work for what I need it for.

By Terri from Hawk Point, MO

September 11, 2015 Flag
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I am building a house. My plumber left well water in the bathtub. It has been 6 months now because I am building slowly,due to funds. Will the water stain the bathtub, and will it be difficult to clean?

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September 23, 20150 found this helpful

CLR is what will remove, calcium, lime and RUST from the tub. Depending on how long the rust has been there, it may take a few soakings to remove, but it definitely works.

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July 17, 20160 found this helpful

The shower and tub was left with well water on it for around 6 month. How can I clean it. It is very bad

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October 14, 2010 Flag
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Where can you buy The Works or Barkeepers Friend? I am looking for something to clean my tub; I have well water.

Darlene

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October 16, 20100 found this helpful

The works are pretty much all over as well as the Barkeeper product. Check Farm and Home supply stores. I know both are at ours here.

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October 17, 20100 found this helpful

Try Lysol toilet bowl cleaner, in the blue/white bottle with the duck like neck. It removes tough stains, like rust and minerals.

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November 10, 20110 found this helpful

I bought The Works at WalMart for a little over a dollar. Also bought some at Dollar Tree. I've tried all kinds of "stuff" and nothing works for me like The Works. Great stuff.

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April 23, 20160 found this helpful

I bought the works at Menards and it didn't work and I have used it several times.

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June 8, 20160 found this helpful

You can get the Barkeepers Friend at Walmart in the cleaning section

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November 14, 2011 Flag
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I tried everything to clean well water rust stains, also. Then I decided to try the dollar store version of the Mr. Clean erasers and the Kaboom Foam-tastic. The erasers will do the job by themselves, but it takes a lot of work. Just spray on the Kaboom and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then clean with the erasers. Your tub should be rid of the stains. If it's really bad like mine was it may take a few tries. Good luck!

By Diana from Jennings, FL

April 16, 2008 Flag
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We have hard water where I live. My bathtub is white, but for some reason, it is getting grey stains on it. I have tried every product that I can think of, none of them has helped remove the stain. I filled the bathtub and put a full bottle of bleach (4 litres) in the water hoping this would help, and left it overnight. It did nothing. Is there anyone who could please help me. Thanking you in advance.

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April 17, 20081 found this helpful

I used a pumice stone and scrubbed it and it worked pretty well.

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April 18, 20080 found this helpful

Thank you so much for all the great information.

You all are the best.....

Ann

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April 18, 20080 found this helpful

I buy a thick toilet bowl cleaner with bleach and let it sit on the enamel for about an hour. When I rinse it off, it is sparkling white again. I have an antique clawfoot tub, so it might be a different finish. Be sure to do a spot test.

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November 9, 20110 found this helpful

Lysol Toilet Bowl cleaner works great in tubs and showers as long as its not a stone one. Squirt it on and use a flat scrub brush to spread and cover entire surface. If you do not cover entire surface you will have clean streaks. Let sit for 30 minutes and rinse off with warm water. No scrubbing involved at all. I have been cleaning homes for 25 plus years and this secret ingredient works wonders. Owners are amazed and say they haven't seen it that shiny clean in years.

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February 5, 20160 found this helpful

the only thing you can do is what I'm going right this minute is. sitting on my sons kiddie stool and using a pie slicer or paint scraper or a box cutter to literally scrape it off. tilex kaboom none of those products will penetrate. I found this out when I used my fingernail to see. I took my shower doors off I have a mask on because its a chalk white powder that comes off and it working very good just make sure to turn the pie slicer backwards I have a square one works very well.

good luck

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November 10, 2011 Flag
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This may be more classified as a warning to those of us with fiberglass tubs, but here goes. Be very careful with the toilet bowl cleaners, CLR, and anything that reads that it could etch your toilet bowl, as you will remove the finish a little at a time. The vinegar and baking soda will take a little time if it is bad when you start, but it won't harm the finish. After you get most of it off, you may use Zud and when all is gone, then use marine polish.

This recommendation came from the repair person who factory fixed my tub after it was put into our new house 16 years ago. My tub is still shiny. All fiberglass tubs and older tubs aren't made the same. You may also want to go to a tub and tile shop and ask what to use to clean your type of tub and then maybe you'd get something different to share with all of us. Happy cleaning.

By gbk from south GA

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October 14, 2010 Flag
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Please help, I am looking for something to clean my bathtub from our well water stains. I have tried everything I can get my hands on, nothing seems to work. Please help. Tell me I don't have to replace my tub. I have tried CLRand all those products they claim to clean it, "IT don't" Thank you. - Sweets

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