How do I prevent rusting of a shower curtain rod?

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How do I prevent rusting of a shower curtain rod?
Rust can be removed from older shower rods. (Woman cleaning the house. image by maron from Fotolia.com)

Newer shower curtain rods are made of plastics or coated with a no-rust finish, but there is no reason to discard an older model that does not have the protection against rust. Moisture counteracts with metal and causes the chemical reaction of rust. By using certain agents that lessen this unsightly result, your curtain rod can last for many more years. This procedure will also help avoid mould and mildew that can form on your curtain rod.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper towels
  • Aluminium foil
  • White vinegar
  • Soap and water
  • Mineral Oil
  • Scouring pad and sponge
  • Cotton cleaning cloth
  • Small ladder or step stool
  • Rubber gloves

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Standing on a secure ladder or stool, remove your shower curtain from the rod so that the entire surface of the rod is exposed. There is no need to remove the rod.

    How do I prevent rusting of a shower curtain rod?
    Expose your rod by removing the curtain and rings. (decoration image by DUDUCHE from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Wearing rubber gloves, saturate enough paper towels with white vinegar to cover the entire length of the rod. Standing on a sturdy ladder, place paper towels lengthwise on top of the rod with the sides hanging down.

    How do I prevent rusting of a shower curtain rod?
    Paper towels will hold liquid easily and are discardable. (roll of blue industrial tissue image by green 308 from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Wrap aluminium foil around the damp paper towels hanging on the rod to hold the paper securely in place. Leave in place for at least two hours.

    How do I prevent rusting of a shower curtain rod?
    Aluminum oxide is a metal polishing compound that removes rust when wet. (silberfolie image by Lucky Dragon from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Remove the aluminium foil and paper towels from the rod. Rub your scratching pad over the entire surface to remove any loose rust particles. Dip your sponge in a soap and water mixture to thoroughly clean. Wipe dry with a clean cotton cloth.

    How do I prevent rusting of a shower curtain rod?
    A sponge with an abrasive pad works well to remove rust. (scourer image by bluefern from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Apply a thin coat of mineral oil to your clean curtain rod to protect from moisture and bacteria build-up. A routine cleaning and reapplication of white spirit will provide a rust-preventive coating to keep your curtain rod clean and well maintained.

    How do I prevent rusting of a shower curtain rod?
    Mineral oil coats and protects metal surfaces. (bath oil image by flashkralove from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • Any type of mild oil will work such as baby oil if you do not have mineral oil.
  • Make sure that your rod is securely in place.
  • Never stand on the edge of the bathtub. The slippery surface can cause a fall.

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