Rust on Stainless Steel Sink?

My 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

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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.

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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.

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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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By Dean (Guest Post)
January 18, 20060 found this helpful

I also will get some rust forming on the surface of my stainless steel sink.I use a non scratch scouring pad available from the local super market and regular dish washing soap.Make sure the pad is non scratch.It not leave any scratches.3M is one brand that is available at either Hannaford or Shaws.After, I clean the sink with a stainless steel cleaner.

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January 20, 20060 found this helpful

Barkeeper's friend is the best for will also protect the stainless steel, making it easier to clean. Light rust will be removed, I have done that with my inferior knives and flatware!

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January 23, 20060 found this helpful

their is somthing called zud it comes in a yellow can

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By Stephanie (Guest Post)
June 5, 20070 found this helpful

We have hard water and I cleaned my stainless steel sink with CLR. It looked great last night, but after sitting overnight, the sink is completely covered in rust. There is even some pock marks, as if the rust ate away at the sink over night? The sink is only 2 months old. Any suggestions on how I can fix it?

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July 11, 20170 found this helpful

clr just did the same to me.

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By Mike (Guest Post)
April 18, 20080 found this helpful

Why is Stainless rusting in the first place.
i just had a brand new sink put in 18 gauge stainless and it is already showing tiny little rust spots.

I clean them off with BKF but is this just cheap stainless? I never had this problem from my other sink or any other sinks I have ever had.
Are we being duped with cheap Chinese made metal?

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By valerie from perth WA (Guest Post)
May 8, 20080 found this helpful

We had a new ILVE range hood installed about 3 months ago and just recently I bought a non corrosive cleaner, Sellys cooktop repel. I cleaned the range hood, a few days after I noticed the range hood was covered in small marks, like elongated spots. On closer inspection I realised it was rust. I contacted Selleys and they say they tested the product in question and didn't have a problem and have suggested I just clean it off. So, can someone please tell me how to clean the rust off without causing any more damage and then how do I seal the surface to protect it and prevent more damage? I hope I've made sense.

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May 11, 20090 found this helpful

Lightly sand with a fine, small grain sandpaper. It has only removed the deposits.

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February 28, 20110 found this helpful

Good quality stainless steel should not rust period!
A true test of how good the stainless is in your sink, laundry trough and anything else "stainless" is to try a magnet on the metal, if the magnet takes hold it is crap quality stainless steel. We are just going through the same thing, installed a new laundry trough just prior to Xmas, it has now got rust spots. This is an Australian made product. Have been told that to get that lovely satin look instead of high polish stainless they are now reducing the chromium content of the stainless. I say put the chromium back in, I want my stainless products to last for years and years as they should.
Said Co agreed to replace the trough, but on checking the replacement trough with the magnet test, it is exactly the same... we are now asking for a refund and will look for better quality product. Consumers should not have to go through all of this drama.

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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.

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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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