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Unread 12-30-2010, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Chicago 'burbs'
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Default Cleaning yellow rust stains

We have well water. I have yellow stains in my new white bathtub from the water. What can I use to clean these stains that won't damage the finish on the tub??
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Unread 12-30-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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Most (but not all) yellowish stains are simply iron oxide (rust) dissolved in water. CLR is the product to use for rust stains but be sure it is compatible with your tub.
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Unread 12-30-2010, 11:45 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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CLR bathroom cleaner. You might as well get Tidy Bowl (not sure of the spelling) tablets for your toilet tanks, too, because you will need it. This is specifically for rust...does not contain chlorine.
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Unread 12-30-2010, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Some water softeners will remove the iron, I think. You can ask around, the local dealers will know what works there and what does not.
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Unread 12-30-2010, 04:56 PM
 
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We have a well and found ZUD works best. There are two types, a powder and a cream formula. The cream formula works best using a sponge and the powder works great in toilet.

We added a water softner and filter and the problem has been resolved as long as we change the filter on a regular basis.
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Unread 12-30-2010, 07:03 PM
 
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CLR or Rust Out.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Western Washington
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If you can't find Zud, look for Barkeeper's Friend. It's the same cleanser, but comes in a bigger container and costs less! Once you've used it on your tub, you'll be amazed at all the different uses you'll find for it. It also polishes stainless steel sinks like nobody's business!! Oh... talk about getting brake dust off of your car wheels! LOL
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Unread 01-10-2011, 09:39 PM
 
Location: The Middle
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I have well water and we have a softener as well. I still get rust stains even with using the salt that has the rust preventer. I use CLR. When we moved in the previous owners let the shower and tub get pretty bad. I bought an inexpensive spray bottle and poured the CLR in that. I was amazed at the orange mess running down the shower wall after spraying. I am in love with CLR. lol

Also wanted to add that our toilets have permanent rust stains in them. It is gross looking and CLR does not get rid of it. I think eventually the rust destroys or imbeds into the finish. So try to keep up on the cleaning. I want to replace all my toilets when I can afford to.

Last edited by fallingwater; 01-10-2011 at 09:42 PM.. Reason: adding more info
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Unread 01-11-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: FL
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I have well water and we have a softener as well. I still get rust stains even with using the salt that has the rust preventer. I use CLR. When we moved in the previous owners let the shower and tub get pretty bad. I bought an inexpensive spray bottle and poured the CLR in that. I was amazed at the orange mess running down the shower wall after spraying. I am in love with CLR. lol

Also wanted to add that our toilets have permanent rust stains in them. It is gross looking and CLR does not get rid of it. I think eventually the rust destroys or imbeds into the finish. So try to keep up on the cleaning. I want to replace all my toilets when I can afford to.
For your toilet use a pumice stone but make sure you keep it wet. It will take awhile but will get rid of it.
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Unread 01-11-2011, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Silver Springs, FL
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For your toilet use a pumice stone but make sure you keep it wet. It will take awhile but will get rid of it.
You mean like the kind you use on your feet?
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