How to Prevent Rust Stains in Your Toilet

A common problem that plagues toilets is rust stains. Water seeping into your toilet’s bowl can corrode holes in the porcelain surface. These tiny gaps are often filled with rust particles, giving the inside of your toilet a rusty appearance. There are several steps you can take to overcome this problem entirely.

1) Use a toilet bowl cleaner with phosphoric acid.

2) Avoid using chlorine bleach as a regular cleaning agent.

3) Use a toilet brush to scrub visible rust particles.

4) If none of these options work, contact Waldman Plumbing And Heating.

How to Prevent Rust Stains in Your Toilet

Rust Stains: Where Do They Come From?

Over time, water seeping into your toilet bowl can produce rust stains. Rust particles come from iron and steel fittings and alloys used in the manufacturing of toilets and water tanks.

What Can be Done to Prevent Rust Stains?

There are many steps you can take to slow down or eliminate this problem. You can use a toilet bowl cleaner with phosphoric acid, avoid using chlorine bleach as a regular cleaning agent, clean visible rust particles with a toilet brush, and if nothing works, replace your toilet.

Removing Rust Stains

If you’ve failed at all of the above and rust stains still plague your toilet, don’t worry. You can get rid of these unsightly stains. First, try scrubbing them with a non-abrasive cleaner such as Comet or Bar Keepers Friend. 

If the rust stains are on the outside of your toilet bowl, you can also use vinegar directly to bleach them away. Fill a spray bottle with white distilled vinegar and spray it onto the stained areas. Use a sponge or old rag to spread it around evenly for even coverage, but do not let it dry. Scrub vigorously for a few minutes and then rinse clean with water.

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  • As mentioned above, you can scrub with a non-abrasive cleaner such as Comet or Bar Keepers Friend.
  • Prepare a mixture of 1-part water to 1-part vinegar and scrub with a toilet brush.
  • You can also scrub with Shaw’s Pads.

How To Put An End To Rust Stains in Your Toilet, Tub & Sink

To ensure rust stains won’t appear in the future, you should flush out your water tank every week. To do this, pour 4 to 6 gallons of water through the bowl when it is full. Flushing and refilling will remove any mineral deposits and drip down rusty particles before they have time to spread and stain your toilet’s porcelain surface. You can also do the following:

  • Add Water Softener or an Iron Filter: These products can get rid of the problem by removing mineral deposits and iron from your home’s water supply. 
  • Regular Cleaning: Cleaning your bathroom and kitchen once every week helps prevent the build-up of iron and other minerals.
  • Keep Bathroom And Kitchen Surfaces Dry: Regularly wipe kitchen and bathroom surfaces exposed to water. This reduces the build-up of iron residue.

Worried about rust stains in your toilet? Contact Waldman Plumbing And Heating Today

Waldman Plumbing offers comprehensive residential and commercial plumbing services to customers in Lynn, MA and surrounding areas, including rust removal and prevention. Our expert plumbers are available for consultation to discuss your home’s specific needs. Contact us today at 781.780.3184.

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