How to Get Rust Stains Off Clear Plastic Windows

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How to Get Rust Stains Off Clear Plastic Windows
Rust stains detract from your window and view. (Plastic Window image by Russian Reviews from Fotolia.com)

Rust develops on metal objects when exposed to moisture for a prolonged period of time. Rust won't normally develop on plastic windows but it can transfer to the surface when it comes in contact with a rusty item. Removing the rust stain on your window is important as it can easily transfer to curtains, in addition to taking away from your window's appearance and functionality.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Bowl
  • Toothbrush
  • Clean cloths
  • Window cleaner

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Combine 1 tbsp each of baking soda and lemon juice in a bowl. Stir the two ingredients together with an old toothbrush to create a rust-removing paste.

  2. 2

    Spread the paste over the rust stains on your plastic windows, using the toothbrush. Allow the lemon and baking soda paste to sit on the stain for 10 minutes.

    How to Get Rust Stains Off Clear Plastic Windows
    Lemon is a natural rust remover. (Lemon juice image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Dampen the old toothbrush and scrub the lemon paste into the rust stain. Rinse the brush with water, apply more paste and continue to scrub to remove the rust stain.

    How to Get Rust Stains Off Clear Plastic Windows
    An old soft toothbrush won't damage plastic windows during the cleaning process. (toothbrush image by Nicola Gavin from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Wipe off the lemon and baking soda paste with a clean cloth. Spray window cleaner on your window, then wash to remove any paste residue.

Tips and warnings

  • Wipe off a wet rust transfer stain as soon as it's noticed to prevent staining.
  • When using commercial rust removers be careful to use a product that won't damage your plastic windows.
  • Avoid abrasive cleaners on plastic windows as they scratch easily.

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