Nov 29th 2021 / General Stone Care
How to Get Rust Stains Off of Countertops
To get rust stains off of countertops, you need the right products. Using the wrong product will do nothing for your stain and could also be a detriment to your countertop. Luckily several good household items can often remove light rust stains from various surfaces or at least prevent them from setting.
1) Salt, Vinegar, and Lemon Juice
Salt is something we all have in our kitchens, so being able to use it for large tasks like removing rust stains takes minimal effort. Simply sprinkle some salt over the surface until it has completely covered the area with rust. Then add about an equal amount of vinegar and lemon juice (or substitute either clamato juice or lime juice instead). This concoction must sit for about 15 minutes before being wiped away, leaving the rust stain either gone or at least much lighter.
2) Baking Soda Paste
Salt is not your only option for countertops when removing rust stains. One alternative that also works well is a baking soda paste created with baking soda and water. The mixture should be about as thick as peanut butter, making it easy to spread but not runny enough to spill over the countertop's surface. After applying this paste, you leave it for between 12 and 24 hours or until dry. You then wipe up the residue along with any remaining rust on the surface of your countertop before scrubbing using dish soap and water to remove any leftover grime from the area treated with powder.
3) Bleach and Vinegar Paste
Bleach is another alternative that can be just as effective as using salt and lemon juice, but it also has the added benefit of lightening the area where rust stains are on your countertop. First, you mix equal parts bleach and water in a bowl to create a paste. Add equal amounts of vinegar to this mixture to activate the bleaching properties in the bleach before applying it to an already wet surface covered in rust. You rub this paste into the countertop according to which type of material it is, allowing for between 5 and 10 minutes of contact time before wiping away with water.
4) Cream of Tartar Paste
Cream of tartar is another great way to quickly eliminate any rust spots on your countertops, whether they are fresh or not. You simply make a thick paste out of cream of tartar (found in the spice aisle at your supermarket) and water. Apply it to a damp stain with a small amount of dish soap added to it if necessary, allowing for 10 minutes of contact time before wiping away or scrubbing with warm water. You can then finish by wiping down the area with vinegar for good measure once more.
5) Salt Paste
Salt is also effective against rust stains when used as a paste made from salt applied directly to the stain. You simply create this paste by combining equal parts salt and water, then apply this mixture over the surface that has the rust spot that you want to remove. This takes longer to work but still removes most light rust spots within 24 hours, which is impressive considering how long they can last on other surfaces.
6) Terust Rust Remover
Terust Rust Remover is a natural rust stain remover that can be used on many different surfaces, such as granite, marble and more.
You've tried a lot of different things to get stubborn rust stains off your countertops. Try our rust remover today. We have an all-natural formula that is safe for many stone surfaces. We can help you remove unwanted rust spots with ease.