Andrea said, “How can you remove a rust stain from a slate shower floor?”
Iron particles in tap water are a common cause of rust stains around bathroom fixtures. Although slate is not a material commonly thought of as becoming stained, it’s not impervious to rust stains. Thankfully, the stains can be removed fairly easily by following the steps below.¹
Removing the Stains
You Will Need:
- Iron Out
- Distilled water
- A scrub brush
- A cloth
Steps to Remove the Stains:
- Put on a pair of heavy-duty rubber cleaning gloves and a long-sleeve shirt to ensure your hands and arms are protected from the chemicals.¹
- Combine as much powdered Iron Out as needed with some distilled water to make a paste.
- Spread a thick layer of the paste over the rust stain.
- Let the paste sit on the stain for about an hour.
- Scrub the paste into the stain with a soft-bristled brush.
- Rinse the area well.
- Repeat the process as many times as needed to remove the stain.
- If the stain is stubborn, dampen a cloth with kerosene and wipe away the stain.¹
- Rinse the area well with soapy water once the stain is gone.¹
Additional Tips and Advice
- Lemon Kool-Aid, Tang,² or Bar Keepers Friend can be used in place of Iron Out, however, they all contain acid,³ which can dull the surface of the slate.¹
- Scrubbing the rust stains with lemon juice or white vinegar can also be effective.¹
- Never try to clean away a rust stain with a product that contains chlorine bleach as it can cause the stains to darken.¹
- Clean It Fast, Clean It Right by Jeff Bredenberg
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- The Cleaning Encyclopedia by Don Aslett