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Why is My Toilet Rusty?

It’s hard to look at a rust-stained toilet, but it’s even harder to clean one. Do you spend hours weekly cleaning your bathroom but still can’t find a way to remove the rust stains from your toilet? Despite the time you take cleaning, the stains in your toilet bowl make your entire bathroom appear dirty, which is not a sight anyone wants to see.

Reasons Your Toilet Might be Rusty and How to Clean the Stains

Although a rusty toilet is a cringe-worthy sight, it is possible to remove the stains and prevent them from happening again. Here are a few reasons why your toilet might be rusty and recommendations for removing the stains.

What is Causing the Rust?

Your Pipes

How old are the pipes in your home? If your plumbing system is extremely old or damaged, rust can quickly develop where the water and oxygen both meet.

Your Toilet

Older toilets are made up of outdated parts and materials that aren’t rust-resistant like they are today. Once these older components in the toilet begin to rust, they have an increased chance of spreading rust throughout the toilet bowl.

Your Water

Certain areas have a higher iron concentration in the water, which causes the water to turn into a brown shade. Unfortunately, iron-rich water is filled with bacteria which is how brown slime can begin growing in a toilet. Installing water softeners and filtration systems are a few helpful solutions for removing the iron from your water.

Cleaning the Stains

Shaw’s Pads

For a chemical-free approach to rust removal, Shaw’s Pads will remove toilet rust simply by wetting the pad and scrubbing the stains away. Although

Shaw’s Pads require a bit more effort to remove tough stains, they will not scratch any surfaces.

Bar Keepers Friend

Bar Keepers Friend is a tried-and-true cleaner in both powder and liquid forms for removing rust stains from your toilet. Not only will it remove stains and mineral deposits from toilet bowls, but it can also be used to remove stains from sinks and bathtubs.

Pumice Stick

Pumice sticks can be used to gently scour away rust and other stains from your toilet bowl. They are made from 100 percent natural pumice and are safe to store around children and pets.

Pro tip: Pumice sticks work particularly well on porcelain surfaces.

If you can’t seem to get rid of your toilet’s rust stains and think it might be a problem with your pipes or the toilet itself, give us a call at (201) 205-2700 or book an appointment online.