Hi. I have what I believe are rust stains in my bathtub. I think the
bathtub is fiberglass. I've tried Barkeeper's Friend, CLR, Comet, and
Lysol at various times. None of them have worked. Any suggestions? Thnaks
Make a paste of baking soda and water. Wet the surface of tub or shower
stall; gently rub with the paste on a sponge or soft nylon brush. Rinse
thoroughly. Never use an abrasive cleaner (such as common scouring powder),
any abrasive scouring pad, steel wool, or a scraper.
I'd try Whink (it's over in the laundry products). I haven't tried it
on fiberglass, but I have tried it on a wide variety of other surfaces,
from carpet to tile to clothing, and it's always worked. You may need
to dampen the spot and let it work for awhile. FYI, Lysol does nothing
for rust. It's a good disinfectant (kills bacteria and viruses), but
not meant for stains.
John Smith wrote:
My super cleaning agent. Try the waterless grease removers found in
garage workshops. Its easy on the skin and on fiberglass plus a lot
of other hard to clean stuff. Its a paste with pumice. Leave a pat
on the rust stain to let it work into the stain. Then use a cloth or
worn out (so as not to scour the fiberglass finish) scotchbrite pad to
rub the rust off. The automotive parts shop should stock it.
Wal-mart sells a product called "The Works". It is sold as a toilet
cleaner and contains "hydrogen chloride" (hydrochloric acid). It
dissolves rust like magic. The product is very cheap - a little over a
dollar for a large bottle (same size as Lysol toilet bowl cleaner which
also contains "hydrogen chloride").
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