How to remove rust stains from tile & grout

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How to remove rust stains from tile & grout
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Cleaning tile and grout in your bathroom and shower is part of every home's maintenance. Rust stains are usually caused by iron deposits in water. You must use a commercial rust remover to remove most stains; however, if you clean the tile and grout in your house regularly, it will look brand new.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Commercial rust remover powder
  • Poultice powder
  • Plastic lids
  • Sponge
  • Gloves

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  1. 1

    Put on your gloves. Mix 1 tbsp of rust remover powder with 2 tbsp of poultice powder to help prevent damage to your tile. Add small amounts of water, and mix until the powder has the texture of a paste.

  2. 2

    Apply the paste to the rust stains. You can apply the paste with your hands as long as you are wearing gloves.

  3. 3

    Cover the rust stains with your plastic lids. Leave the plastic lids and paste on the rust stains for 24 hours.

  4. 4

    Clean up the paste with a sponge and water. Repeat the process for another 24 hours if the rust remains.

Tips and warnings

  • Poultice for cleaning purposes is made out of Diatomaceous earth. It is naturally occurring and is not harmful to you.
  • Wear gloves while working with any chemicals.
  • Avoid contact with your eyes and mouth.
  • Open a window and have plenty of ventilation while working.

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