Removing Rust from a Stainless Steel Sink?

January 17, 2006

Stainless Steel SinkMy mother has rust in the bottom of her stainless steel sink. What works best for removing it without damaging the finish?

Debbie from Berwick, ME



By Seagrape (Guest Post)
January 17, 20060 found this helpful
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I think Barkeeper's Friend, in the cleanser section, works better than anything else. I would add that if the stainless steel is truly rusting, then the rust has already gone through the metal and nothing can stop it now. You can only slow it down.

By Wilma Atwell (Guest Post)
January 17, 20060 found this helpful
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I have used a product called Zud for years to clean rust spots, corrosion and a number of stains from my sink, pots and pans along with corning ware dishes and cookware. It can be purchased at Walmart and a number of hardware stores. Hope it works for you.

January 18, 20060 found this helpful
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How about Bon Ami? Dampen your rag, dab in the Bon Ami and rub. Just don't get it too wet. I use it for lots of stuff.


Somebody told me once they polished their aluminum sink with salad oil to keep it shiny and stain free???

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November 29, 2011

How do you remove rust from a stainless steel sink?

By Patsy B.


November 29, 20110 found this helpful

Try taking some crunched up wet foil and scrub lightly. If its too bad use CLR, but test a small area and rinse well.

November 29, 20110 found this helpful

Damp baking soda and a small piece of aluminum foil. I learned of this today and tried it out and it works slick.


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November 30, 20110 found this helpful

If the baking soda and/or crumbled wet foil doesn't work then dampen the rust spots with water, sprinkle with Ajax Oxygen Bleach Powder (does not contain chlorine bleach which is a good thing for you and the environment), let rest for about five minutes, scrub with a plastic scrubber and rinse. Voila!


I can't remember for certain but Comet brand might also have a no chlorine bleach powder too.

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