Does anyone know how to remove rust spots from a bathroom counter?

Donna Burghdoff
by Donna Burghdoff
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  18 answers
  • M. How M. How on Feb 21, 2017

    What about trying CLR? Supermarkets and big box stores carry it. And if that doesn't work, how about trying Bar Keepers Friend? Or, baking soda and lemon juice in a paste form might work, too. What ever you try, let us know what works for you. Thanks.

    • Judy Judy on Feb 25, 2017

      Bar Keepers Friend works great. I use it on my porcelain sink and tile counter to remove pot marks. Make a kind of paste with it and let set for a few minutes. Good luck

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Feb 21, 2017

    I'll usually attack unwanted rust by making a lemon juice-salt paste. I just rub it all over the unwanted rust, leave it for about 2 hours and come back to wipe it off- rust and all!

    There are some other suggestions here

    Let us know what works!

    How do I get a rust spot off of my countertop?
  • Patrice Paige Patrice Paige on Feb 21, 2017

    Wink is the best stuff for removing rust from almost everything.

  • Stacy Davis Stacy Davis on Feb 21, 2017

    This is a method that I have used with success. But I wouldn't use it on certain countertops. If it is marble/stone, I wouldn't use this but if it is laminate it should be fine. I have even used it in porcelain sinks. Removing rust stains: Mix one teaspoon cream of tartar with ¼ cup baking soda. Add hydrogen peroxide a little at a time until a paste is formed. Rub the paste on the rust spot. Let sit for 30 minutes and then clean with a damp sponge.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 21, 2017

    Not knowing what the countertop is made of I would try baking soda and white vinegar into a paste or plain white toothpaste.Test a small spot first.

  • Donna Burghdoff Donna Burghdoff on Feb 22, 2017

    Thank you I'll defiantly try this out.

  • Patti Nicholas Patti Nicholas on Feb 23, 2017

    Most important question is what is your counter made of? Not all cleaning products can be used on all surfaces. While I love barkeepers friend, it is oxalic acid which is not safe to use everywhere. Even vinegar can do damage to some surfaces. Please provide more information and I'll be happy to let you know what we use at our company

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    • Patti Nicholas Patti Nicholas on Jul 12, 2020

      Melamine is not a typical countertop material. Are you sure that’s what it is? I believe the same solution should work that works on laminate, make a slightly runny paste using a liquid soap (dawn will work in a pinch but I prefer Castile soap) baking soda and salt. Add enough water just to make it a bit more smooth so it’s easy to spread. Cover the stain and let it sit for at least an hour. Use a dry scrubby sponge to scrub at the stain, add a little water if it’s dried out. The dry scrub sponge is a little more abrasive than when wet, but still wonts scratch the surface. This should take the majority of the stain out. If there is still some color remaining you can repeat. When it’s gone, or nearly so, cover the spot in hydrogen peroxide. Either leave a puddle or use a rag soaked in it, let that sit for a while and then wipe up. I hope this works for you. Feel free to ask for more info/advise.

  • Debra Logan Debra Logan on Feb 24, 2017

    Wink is the best rust remover ever...but very caustic. You'll need to read directions carefully, in case your surface can't take it.

  • Donna Burghdoff Donna Burghdoff on Feb 24, 2017

    Thank you Debra I'll be sure to read the instructions first.

  • Donna Burghdoff Donna Burghdoff on Feb 24, 2017

    I will surely try this out this weekend.

    Thank you

  • DSapone DSapone on Mar 07, 2017

    Use H2O2 to the counter. It is very powerful and can remove the spots at just a single use.

  • Cerama Bryte is like Bar Keeper's Friend but gentler in my opinion. I would do a small test spot and try it.

  • If you spray white vinegar on it, let it soak for ten minutes or so, and then scrub it with a sponge, it can help dissolve rust. A paste prepared with baking soda and water or lemon juice can also be used. When you leave it sit on the stain for a while, it works exceptionally well because it doesn't evaporate as rapidly as white vinegar.

  • Deb K Deb K on Feb 07, 2024

    Hi Donna, hope this helps you. You need baking soda and lemon juice

  • Betsy Betsy on Feb 08, 2024

    Hi Doonna: You can spray it with WD40 Rust Remover, it removes rust, among the other wonderful things that it does, Rust Removal Solution for Tools & Rust Remover Soak | WD-40 ( Or, you can pour some Coke on the counter and leave it over night. Here's a site that tells you how to do that: How to Remove Rust with Coca-Cola | Hunker. Or, if you want other ideas, check this site: remove rust with coke - Visicom Video Search Results (

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Feb 09, 2024

    My husband has a can of shaving cream that has a rusted bottom, I put a yogurt lid on the bottom of it and no more rust on the countertop. You might want to put a barrier between what you have that is rusty to help relieve this situation.

    In the meantime to clean it off, I use lemon juice covered with plastic cling wrap over it. If that does not work make a paste of baking soda and peroxide.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Feb 09, 2024

    Could try WD-40, or Barkeepers Friend!

  • Dee Dee on Feb 10, 2024

    I would use Rustoleum rust remover or Rust 911 Ultra Concentrate..