How to Remove Copper Stains From a Bathtub

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How to Remove Copper Stains From a Bathtub
Bathtubs can become dirty, dingy and stained over time. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Mineral stains--such as copper or rust--are something that most people have to deal with at one time or another. Hard water can cause a build-up of mineral scale in your bathtub and sink. These stains will make your bathtub look old and dingy. And no one wants to take a bath in a dirty-looking tub. However, there are some home remedies that can remove copper stains and restore the look of your bathtub.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Pumice stone
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Soft cloth or sponge
  • Vinegar
  • Cloths or paper towels
  • Baking soda
  • Plastic mesh pad
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cream of tartar

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Instructions

    Pumice Stone

  1. 1

    Purchase a pumice stone. Pumice stones can be found in the beauty section at your local department store.

  2. 2

    Rinse the pumice stone under warm water. The stone will soften.

  3. 3

    Scrub the copper stain with the pumice while lightly applying pressure. The pumice stone will start to rub off onto the bathtub and leave behind a thin coating. This coating is essentially mud and will wash off easily with water.

  4. 4

    Rinse the bathtub with water.

  5. 5

    Repeat the process if necessary.

    Ammonia and Water

  1. 1

    Combine equal parts water and ammonia.

  2. 2

    Pour some of the mixture onto the copper stain. Allow the mixture to sit on the stain for 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Saturate a cloth or sponge in the mixture.

  4. 4

    Scrub the copper stain with the cloth or sponge until the stain is gone.

  5. 5

    Rinse the bathtub thoroughly.

    Vinegar

  1. 1

    Saturated wash cloths or paper towels with undiluted vinegar.

  2. 2

    Lay the saturated cloths on top of the copper stains.

  3. 3

    Allow the cloths to sit on the stain for a few hours.

  4. 4

    Rub the copper stain with the saturated cloths. Add more vinegar if necessary.

  5. 5

    Rinse the bathtub with water. Repeat if needed.

    Water and Baking Soda

  1. 1

    Create a paste by combining baking soda and water.

  2. 2

    Apply the paste to the copper stain.

  3. 3

    Allow the paste to sit on the stain for a few hours.

  4. 4

    Scrub the paste into the stain using a sponge or plastic mesh pad.

  5. 5

    Rinse the paste away with water. Repeat if necessary.

    Hydrogen Peroxide and Cream of Tartar

  1. 1

    Combine hydrogen peroxide with cream of tartar to create a thick paste.

  2. 2

    Spread the paste on to the copper stains.

  3. 3

    Allow the paste to sit for at least 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Rub the paste into the stain with a soft cloth or sponge.

  5. 5

    Rinse the bathtub with warm water.

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