How to clean rust stains on a porcelain sink: life hack

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Nothing spoils the appearance of a porcelain sink like rust. Unattractive reddish-brown stains are formed as a result of the reaction of iron with oxygen under the influence of water or moist air.

Traditional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can scratch delicate surfaces such as porcelain. Experts tell us which eco-friendly and safe product will help to remove rust.

An effective solution

Fortunately, you can use common kitchen ingredients to remove rust stains naturally. Of these methods, the most effective is a combination of lemon and salt.

Lemon juice breaks down iron oxide – a chemical reaction that causes rust. Sodium chloride also contributes to this process. The coarse particles help to remove stubborn stains, making salt an effective ingredient that can be used to clean rust.

Citric acid and sodium chloride an environmentally friendly solutions that are safe to use on porcelain, unlike abrasive cleaners and bleach that can scratch the enamel.

How to clean rust stains on a porcelain sink: life hack

Some professional cleaning services prefer to use this method as an effective non-toxic alternative to store-bought products. However, even natural ingredients can damage porcelain surfaces if used improperly.

Step-by-step instructions

The most effective way to remove stains from porcelain sinks is to combine lemon juice and salt to form a thick paste. The key is to let the paste soak in long enough to dissolve the rust. Generously coat the rust stains with the paste and leave the solution on for at least 15 minutes. Acidity can damage porcelain enamel with prolonged exposure.

Scrub the rust stains with a sponge or toothbrush. To prevent scratching, apply gentle pressure and avoid using abrasive cleaning agents such as hard sponges or steel wool. Rinse the solution thoroughly with clean water and repeat the process if necessary.

There are preventative steps you can take to prevent rust from occurring. Keep metal objects away from your porcelain sink, including razors and aluminum spray cans, which can leave stains. Make it a habit to dry the sink after use.

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