How to remove rust from your sink - Jenolite

How to remove rust from your sink

Posted by Ben Spargo on

Rust is a very common problem that can cause you to feel like your appliances, objects or household items are dirty or not well looked after. In reality, rust is something that can occur in any home.

One of the main rooms we find rust is in the bathroom. This is because this is the place in your house that comes into contact with water, every day, multiple times a day. We will look into how to remove rust stains from your sink, easily, safely, and effectively, and get your bathroom back to that new, shiny standard you love. This can also be applied to any sink in your house, such as your kitchen or utility room sink.

How to remove rust stains from your bathroom or kitchen sink

Firstly, make sure that what you are seeing is really rust. Start with some gentle soap and water to get rid of any debris or dirt that might be mistaken for rust or that is covering the surface of the rust. After you have done this you can ensure that you are seeing all of the rust for what it is, and decide how bad it is. 

The next step for how to get rid of rust in your sink would be to take out any parts that can be removed for submersion, for example, the plug and chain if it is metal. This is useful as you can submerge smaller parts in Jenolite Rust Remover Liquid. Use a shallow tub for best results and wait 15 minutes before removing and wipe dry. Make sure you are wearing protective gloves so you don’t irritate your skin.

Some parts of the sink won’t be easily able to separate and submerge. For this, we recommend using the rust remover liquid to apply directly onto the surface. Again, this will take 15 minutes to work and can be wiped dry after use, bringing your sink back to bare metal.

If you find your tap is sticking due to rust buildup, it may be worth investing in some Silicone Spray to loosen the tap and make it easier to turn off and on.

How to remove rust from sink drain

You can use Jenolite’s non-toxic Rust Remover for a safer alternative to harsh chemicals. This is also perfect as you’re able to use it without worrying about it going down the drain. You can use this for submerging all your sink parts, however, be aware that you have to submerge your items for 4 to 24 hours depending on the severity of the rust The non-hazardous product is great if you are someone that usually goes for a natural method, but the natural methods just aren’t doing the job.

How to remove rust from a porcelain sink

This is quite a commonly asked question, as well as asking how to remove rust from a ceramic sink. The truth is, no matter the material of your sink, Jenolite works well on all materials, not just metal! You can use the Jenolite Rust Stain Remover for the entire porcelain sink basin as it’s a thicker formula that gets rid of stains caused by drips from the rust source. This is because other rust treatments for using directly on rust may be too aggressive. 

Preventing rust on your sink

It is very hard to prevent rust in places such as a sink. This is because they regularly get wet, and often for prolonged periods of time. We recommend wiping down sinks after use with a towel, or you can use a rust preventer spray such as our Rust Shield Aerosol for use on metal surfaces such as taps.

Simply clean your sink, shake the can well, and spray in smooth motions 15-30cm away. You can repeat this process 2-3 times for maximum protection, ensuring you wait for each application to dry fully in between layers. This usually takes around 15 minutes per layer. Make sure you leave to dry for 24 hours before using it. This means we recommend only using if you have another sink in your house that you can use in the meantime, or if you are going away where the sink can be left to dry.


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