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How to Remove Rust Stains in Your Toilet

If you are like other residents in Mesquite, you may eventually notice a rusty stain developing in your toilet bowl. In fact, regardless of how diligent you are with bathroom cleaning efforts, rust stains can be problematic. When regular cleaning efforts fail to remove the stains, you may think that your only choice is to replace the toilet. The good news, however, is that rust stains can be removed with the right approach.

What Causes Rust in a Toilet?

Before you learn how to remove rust stains, it’s helpful to know what causes them. Hard water is problematic in the Mesquite area. Unless you have a quality water softener installed, heavy minerals that are in the water that flow through your home’s pipes. In some cases, elements like iron have impacted the interior of your pipes or the equipment in your toilet’s tank. Each time you flush your toilet, the rusted elements from the pipes or tank enter the bowl and stick to it.

How Do You Remove Rust Stains?

Household cleaners are generally ineffective at removing rust stains in a toilet. However, you may be able to remove the stains using white vinegar. The process is relatively easy, but it may need to be repeated several times before you see results. Lift up the toilet tank’s lid, and pour a healthy amount of white vinegar directly into the tank. You can also pour white vinegar into the toilet bowl. Do not flush the tank for at least 12 hours. Before flushing, use your toilet brush to scrub the tank and the bowl. Repeat the process as needed until the stains are removed.

How Can You Prevent Future Rust Stains?

Cleaning your toilet frequently will minimize the amount of rust that builds up in the toilet, but other measures may be needed to completely prevent future rust stains from developing. For example, you may need to install a water softener with an iron filter in your home. This will prevent iron from entering the pipes and accumulating in the toilet bowl. Keep in mind, however, that your pipes may already be rusted on the interior. A water softener will prevent more iron from entering the pipes, but rust may already be present. If this is the case in your home, professional plumbing services may be required.

Schedule Plumbing Service Today

At Flow Plumbing, we proudly serve the plumbing repair and maintenance needs of our valued customers in the Mesquite area. Whether you’re struggling to remove rust stains in your toilet or the stains return soon after they are removed, our plumbers can help. Schedule service with our team by calling our office today.