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Removing Rust Stains from a Sink

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Rusty pipes, well water, and even a crack in the porcelain on a cast iron sink can lead to rust stains. This is a page about removing rust stains from a sink.


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June 19, 20140 found this helpful

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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September 30, 2012

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 M. from Williston, FL

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July 9, 20040 found this helpful

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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December 22, 20090 found this helpful

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


September 23, 20160 found this helpful
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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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January 9, 20120 found this helpful

How can you remove rust stains from water that is in your bathroom sink?

By MoMo


January 11, 20120 found this helpful

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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November 23, 20160 found this helpful

There are a number of ways to remove stubborn rust discoloration from a porcelain fixture. This is a page about cleaning a rust stain on a porcelain sink.

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May 10, 20130 found this helpful

This is a page 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.

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