Removing Rust Stains from a Sink

Rusty pipes, well water, and even a crack in the porcelain on a cast iron sink can lead to rust stains. This is a guide about removing rust stains from a sink.
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November 23, 2016 Flag
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This is a guide about cleaning a rust stain on a porcelain sink. There are a number of ways to remove stubborn rust discoloration from a porcelain fixture.

An old and rusty porcelain sink.

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June 19, 2014 Flag
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The dirty water left from cleaning the oven has left rust speckles. I tried bleach, but nothing will remove them. What's the best thing to use please?

By Chris D from Suffolk

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June 20, 20140 found this helpful
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Automotive and paint stores carry a product called navel jelly. It removes rust.

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September 6, 20160 found this helpful
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Barkeepers Friend Cleanser and Polish works wonders. In fact, I just used it today. I have a house built in 1950's with original porcelain kitchen sink. Looks almost brand new.

Not safe on acrylic sinks!

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December 22, 2009 Flag
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We had to use a flexibly snake to clear a block with a party coming up. The rotation of the snake left a 6 x 3 coat of rust are at the entrance to the trap. Soaking in heavy Clorox solution overnight, no effect.

Read the entries on your site. Tried the one that suggested "I use 600 wet/dry sandpaper. Sponged out most of the water. Used the sandpaper. Removed 99% of the rust with minimal effort."

Source: Feedbak in "Rust Stains in a White Sink"

"Rub gently with 'wet and dry' sandpaper. It may have a different name in the USA but any sandpaper with a grit of 600 or greater. As the name suggests it can be used with water and does not damage the surface. It can also be used on 'toilet rings'. Much less toxic and cheaper than buying chemicals."

By Jo Bodey from Fall River, MA

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The best and only magic product to removing rust stains from sink, toilets, bathtubs, washing machines, dishwashers etc.

is the brand called WHINK rust remover.

you can buy whinks toilet tabs n the bottles of liquid. when i squirt the liquid on.the rust immed. the rust disappears.

You can find it in Ace hardware stores.

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December 27, 20090 found this helpful

Clorox will set rust. Being from GA, where we are famous for our "red clay"; which is due to the amount of iron in the soil, I know that bleach only sets rust. Several brand name products were mentioned in the posts that have been archived. Probably any of them would work. I do suggest that you go to your local hardware store; or, perhaps the specialized cleaning products in the laundry section of the grocery store for something that specifically removes rust.

BTW: Hawaii is also known for its red dirt, also from the iron in the soil! Good luck with getting the stain out!

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This is a guide about removing rust from a stainless steel sink. Leaving a food can or cast iron pan in the sink overnight can leave rust stains on your sink.

Stainless Steel Sink

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September 30, 2012 Flag
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Cider vinegar, tea, or lemon juice will do the job without the harsh chemicals. I prefer cider vinegar, but the tea and lemon juice work also.

For example: if you leave a can or hair spray on the sink counter too long it will leave a rust ring. Problem solved using the above items. Works great!

By Irene from Williston, FL

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January 9, 2012 Flag
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How can you remove rust stains from water that is in your bathroom sink?

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Have you tried a scouring powder like Bon Ami, Barkeep's Friend, Comet, or Ajax? It depends on the composition of your sink as to which of the scouring powders you'll want to try-read the label to make sure it's safe to use on yours.

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To get rust stains out of sinks and around drains, use NAVAL Jelly, which can be found in the automotive section.

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