The idea of a large, dark brown or orange-colored stain in your bathroom fixtures like your bathtub, sink or toilet may suddenly make you think twice about using them. Some people set out to clean the stains themselves, only to find out that it might have taken a lot more work than they had anticipated. This can be true for those that go into the battle with the wrong tools, as they can find themselves having to scrub for hours to make a dent in the streak.
This coloration is indicative of rust. It is one of the most popular types of stains and, in most cases, there is no avoiding getting stains of some kind in your bathroom fixtures. A leaky faucet will increase the speed of a stain forming, with the buildup of the minerals in the water accumulating much more quickly and consistently. You will want to act just as fast to eliminate the stains, and the following tips will help you be victorious in your attempts (be sure to check what material your fixture is made of to get the best results and avoid damage!):
- The go-to for most is a chemical-based cleaner. You want a cleaner that is going to do as much as the work for you as it can, short of the scrubbing! Be sure while choosing your cleaner that you are aware of whether or not it is septic safe.
- A prime cause of orange stains in your tub or sink is the amount of iron in your water supply. You may not even know that you taste the iron in the water if you have been using it for so long, but it does affect the taste of your food and drink and can ultimately lead to blockages in your pipes. Installing a water softener or filter in your home can help take care of this problem.
- Another source of the rust in your water contributing to those pesky stains can be the pipes themselves. If you have cracked, broken, or corroding pipes, the chances of rust leaking in are greatly increased and can lead to even further damage of the plumbing of your home. Poisoning can also occur if the problem is left alone for a long period of time.
So next time you find yourself facing an unattractive stain in your bathroom, take action to remove it and remember the steps you can take to prevent any more from coming back, and even improve the health of your family!
This post was originally published on 4/24/2019 and updated on 1/19/2021 for accuracy and a larger scope of information.