Asked on Apr 4, 2020

Rust stains in shower pan?

FlipturnBecky at Flipping the FlipLinda
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  • To remove them, make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply to the stains and let it sit overnight. In the morning, scrub gently and rinse. Repeat if needed.

  • Em
    on Apr 4, 2020

    Pour lemon juice or undiluted white vinegar directly on the rust and stains on the shower floor. Cover the stain completely. Allow the liquid to sit for two to three hours.

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com
    on Apr 4, 2020

    Have you tried CLR?

  • Vimarhonor
    on Apr 4, 2020

    Hello The chemical cleaners by different manufacturers that you can find in the supermarket or big box hardware like CLR that are very effective removing rust.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Apr 4, 2020

    Hi Barbara,

    Try spray of WD40 wipe of after 5 mins. Should remove it for you, but it will come back unless you paint with Enamel paint for repairs.

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Apr 4, 2020

    This video gives some great tips to remove those stubborn rust stains: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE-cy01GUbE

  • Chloe Crabtree
    on Apr 4, 2020

    1. Make a paste using baking soda and a little water. ...
    2. Spread the paste on the areas of your tub that have rust stains.
    3. Let this sit overnight.
    4. The next morning, gently scrub the paste away with the microfiber cloth.
    5. Rinse any remaining baking soda from the tub.
    6. Repeat as needed.


  • Beth
    on Apr 4, 2020

    You've gotten some good advice here! If you get a lot of rust stains, you might also look into eventually getting a softener system for your house to help reduce minerals and hard water.

  • Melissa Coutilish Jewell
    on Apr 4, 2020

    CLR brand cleaner (stands for Calcium,Lime & Rust remover,Other brands aren't as effective,In my opinion) it's a liquid, non-abrasive option for rust stain & hard water stain/calcium build up.My 2nd favorite to remove rest, Polish stainless steel pot & pans (mine are 16+ yrs old & look like I just bought them) is bar keeper's friend powdered cleanser (which is powdered oxalic acid,Wear dishwashing gloves or your 1st layer of skin will peel painlessly yet aesthetically ugly) ) it's sold next to Comet,Ajax,etc in the grocery store cleaning isle.If scratching the gelcoat isn't a concern because you have porcelain fixtures, Instead of fiberglass,etc...You can use a green heavy-duty kitchen scrubbie along with the BKF to remove the rest stain even better.I use this method mostly when recycling vintage tubs,sinks,etc when flipping old homes that need period correct bathroom/kitchen fixtures & the only ones I can find need TLC to be cleaned up with elbow grease because they're stained but not chipped.All else fails,Muratic Acid with chemical resistant gloves, protective gear & tools following guidelines EXACTLY & have lots of fresh water to be able to immediately neutralize the chemical reaction.Muratic Acid is the last resort to remove stain before refinishing, reglazing or replacing is required

  • Deb K
    on Apr 4, 2020

    Hi Barbara, I am not sure if you are dealing with porcelain or fiberglass so I am attaching for both, hope these help you out, Also you can try to pour lemon juice or undiluted white vinegar directly on the rust and stains on the shower floor. Cover the stain completely. Allow the liquid to sit for two to three hours.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE-cy01GUbE


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGsbnpJvUUw

  • Maura White
    on Apr 5, 2020

    Have you tried Iron Out? https://amzn.to/2JGjze2

    My mom used this on everything growing up b/c we had a well with a lot of iron in the water.

  • Kmdreamer
    on Apr 5, 2020

    Get CLR And soak a rag and let it sit on the stain over night it will be gone in the morning

  • Linda
    on Apr 5, 2020

    I would try CLR first.

  • I too would try CLR or another rust removing cleaner first as well.

  • Flipturn
    on Apr 6, 2020

    It could be that the rust has developed due to the coating having been worn off of the shower pan. How old is it, and is it made from metal?

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