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.
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
Automotive and paint stores carry a product called navel jelly. It removes rust.
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!
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
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.
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 Several brand name products were mentioned in the posts that have been archived.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!
I have a grey porcelain bathroom sink that I love. Around the drain there is quite a bit of rust. I really don't want to replace the sink. Does anyone know how to get rid of rust once and for all? Or could I sand down the rusty spots and apply paint for porcelain over it and have it last? Thanks.
By Cyd from CO
"Have you tried Bar Keeper's Friend? I had a stained porcelain sink (marks from my cast iron skillet, plus rust from something else), and nothing else helped. My mother-in-law recommended Bar Keeper's Friend, and it worked like a charm! I found it in the cleaning supplies near Comet. Best of luck!"
I tried the pumice stone that was suggested on this page and it worked! It's not 100% yet, but close (98% gone). I'd recommend this over the chemicals. At least, give it a try first. Thanks Kristal.
make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide with a ratio of 2:1. Spread it on the stain area and let stand for at least 45 min. Scrub it gently. Repeat it again regularly.
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
To get rust stains out of sinks and around drains, use NAVAL Jelly, which can be found in the automotive section.
I was wanting to know how do you remove rust from a porcelain kitchen sink? Mr. Clean Eraser doesn't work neither does a Brillo pad. So I need some help with this problem.
Thanks for any help you can give me I appreciate it. Have a wonderful day.
Teresa from Richlands, VA
I had the same problem and no chemical would work. My last option was to try a pumice stone. I could not believe how easily it worked! It just erased the rust stain. Too easy! (09/28/2007)
Try some powdered Comet with bleach, on a sponge that should do the trick. (09/28/2007)
There's a product you can buy. Hopefully in your area. It's called Wink. It comes in a brown bottle. It's a liquid and it works awesomely on getting rust out of anything from cloths to sinks, toilets, and showers. It's great and I've never had it hurt anything. Try looking for it in a hardware store. (09/30/2007)
For badwater -
In my experience I've only seen rust stains in a sink because of continuous dripping from a leaky faucet. If it's what you think it is then tell everyone to rinse the sink when they're done. (11/12/2007)
Try "Bar Keepers Friend" it is a scouring powder that took all the marks and stains off of my porcelain sink. We bought it at Ace hardware I think you can get it at Home Depot, too. (12/17/2007)
Try Sno-bowl. It is a blue liquid made for removing rust stains on toilet rims. The ring of rust (left in my white porcelain sink after my husband left a rusty pan lid over night) was gone in minutes. (01/27/2008)
By LMB TL WI
The easiest way to get it out is to pour salt in a pile over the spot and then squeeze lemon juice over the salt making it wet, but not runny. Let it sit overnight and then wipe it away. The acidity in the combination pulls the rust stain right out of the porcelain and into the salt mixture with no chemicals or mess left over. This works wonders, I use it in my sink quite often. (02/10/2008)
I left a razor in the wet sink for 2 days.
Never-Dull metal polish and cleaner worked in 5 seconds.
The Clorox pen did not work after 3 treatments. Magic Eraser did not work.
CLR showed some improvement after 3 treatments and one bottle.
I tried most of these suggestions without success. I then tried Finesse-It 2, made by 3M, an automobile detail compound. It is expensive, but used with a soft Brite pad, the rust was gone in 5 minutes. My wife is upset with me because she had worked so hard to get rid of it. Use it dry. (07/04/2008)
I came here and the toothpaste and baking soda worked great! It only took a minute. My wife was pleasantly surprised. (09/17/2009)
I would use Clorox Cleanup. It has removed rust stains on my counter tops. You just need to let it sit for awhile, at least 1/2 hour, before wiping up. Hope this helps. (04/26/2005)
By Antique Lady
There's a cleanser called Zud made especially for this problem. It works great and can even lighten up really old rust stains. Most grocery stores, Kmarts and Walmarts should carry this with all other cleansers. (04/26/2005)
My first thought was BarKeepers Friend too. I use it all the time and love it. Along with the other uses mentioned I've found that it removes koolade and juice stains from my countertop too. It also does a great job on removing the stains in my sink that get down in those little tiny scratches. Just wet the sink, sprinkle it on and let it set about 10 minutes. Then gently scrub. My sink looks like new again! I use it in my bathroom sink and tub too. It's my favorite cleaning product. (04/27/2005)
By Shirley M
We have well water here and I have great sucess with "Iron Out", available at the grocery or hardware stores.
I also LOVE Bar Keepers Friend! I use it on counter tops and sinks and tubs and much much more!
I don't think you will be disappointed with these products. Good Luck! (04/27/2005)
Purchase a bottle of Whink Rust Remover. You will find it in any hardware store, possibly even the supermarket. Don't let it sit on the sink too long. It will remove the rust in a hurry. Bonnie (04/28/2005)
There is a product called CLR that can be purchased in most grocery stores as well as Walmart, Fred Myer etc. CLR removes calcium, rust and lime try it but use gloves since it is hard on the skin, I have used it for many years with great success. (05/05/2005)
My contractor used a product called 'naval jelly' to remove the rust left in my tub when one of the framers left nails in the bathtub. That rust stain was in the tub for months before he removed it. I kept telling him I'd want a new tub if that rust didn't come out, but he got it out! Try naval jelly. (05/06/2005)
You should use Bar Keepers Friend. It works great on porcelain sinks. You can find it at local stores or they have a web site at www.barkeepersfriend.com (05/27/2005)
By Lisa Neace
Lowe's sells a product called Zud. You can find it in the cleaning section next to Comet or Ajax. It's non-abrasive and works very well on copper bottom pots or good quality cookware, also. (07/05/2005)
This is for Tonya G....
Try using a Mr. Clean Magic Sponge on your tub. I have used them to remove soap scum and the other icky stuff that collects on the fiberglass tub at home (I can't use anything abrasive to clean it, or it will scratch). I was at a loss as to what to use to clean the tub, but I tried one of the sponges and have been using them ever since. You will have to apply a little elbow grease, especially if there is a big buildup of stuff on the tub, but I think that you will be happy with the results. Good luck! (07/06/2005)
ZUD, ZUD, ZUD...Jeanne previously gave this suggestion but I want to emphasize that she is correct. ZUD is a powder that contains oxalic acid and is sold as a "Rust Remover." It works! Wet the rust with water and sprinkle the ZUD on the rust and rub with a sponge or paper towel into a paste. Let set for a few minutes. Then rub the rust out. It should not require much effort. I even used a paste of water and Zud to remove an "unremovable" rust stain from my favorite white dress shirt after I had tried a myriad of solutions to no avail. Zud is available at virtually any grocery store, usually in the same location as other "kitchen cleansers" like Comet. Zud comes in a round cylindrical box like other kitchen cleansers. (07/07/2005)
By Lee Smithson
I hope your porcelain sink isn't like ours, as where the rust stains were around the overflow drain, they've all chipped off, from there all the way to the bottom drain!!! We're going to have to replace both our bathroom sinks, due to this. I'm not sure what's caused it, but it is where toothpaste is usually dropped sometimes while brushing ones teeth and where we'd spit and rinse our teeth. If it is the toothpaste & dental rinse, makes you wonder what's doing to our teeth! (08/11/2005)
Just a warning about using CLR--I tried it for the rust around my drain on my porcelain sink and guess I left in on too long, because it stripped the shiny layer off the porcelain where it had touched it. So use caution. (11/24/2005)
Any mark on porcelain can be polished out with cleaning cream for smooth top ranges. restores it like new (11/27/2005)
Barkeepers' Friend is the best thing to use. Make a paste and let it sit on stain, then scrub. Repeat if neccesary. (09/03/2006)
Try vinegar and baking soda paste. Mix some vinegar and baking soda into a paste and let it sit on the stain for 10 minutes. Worked for me. I caught the stain early, within 24 hours, I had left a wet tool on the sink after I repaired the sink the night before and the tool left a rust stain on the sink. (07/02/2007)
Oh my gosh, I just read this page and luckily had just bought Barkeeper's Friend (Lowes was out of Ajax.) and it did exactly what people have said. All the rust in my bathtub is gone! What a miracle! I was beginning to lose hope. (08/11/2007)
I recently moved into a house with an old porcelain sink, where the previous tenant clearly didn't take much pride in keeping their sink clean.