Drain stains do to your bathroom what a big stain on your shirt does to you; completely cancels everything out and directs the entire focus to the stain.
You could have the most magnificent bathroom anyone has ever seen, but a stain just looks dirty, even if your bathroom is so clean you could eat in it.
While those stains are incredibly tough, the good news is that you don't have to just accept them as a fact of life. Bathroom drain stains are removable, but knowing how to properly remove them is crucial.
You've got to know what your sinks and tubs are made of before you set to scrubbing or you may end up with a drain that's stained and scratched.
Removing Drain Stains from Porcelain
Porcelain stains require a certain amount of finesse to remove stains. If you scrub too hard you'll find yourself staring at ugly, permanent scratches.
First, you will need to get yourself a pumice stone (yes, the same things used to smooth calluses on your feet), and be ready to put forth a little elbow grease.
Rub the pumice stone in a circular motion around the stain. You will notice the formation of a paste-like material; this works as an abrasive to scrub away the stain. Keep rinsing and checking to see if the stain is gone.
If you find that there is still some staining after using the pumice stone, you can also use baking soda and a soft brush. Using the same technique as with the pumice stone, gently scrub the stain and keep rinsing to check. Rinse well with hot water when finished.
Removing Drain Stains from Stainless Steel
Stainless steel stains often appear in the form of discoloration. These stains can be anywhere in the sink and people generally think that the color has just faded.
The good news is that these stains and discolored spots are not permanent. They can be removed, but take a little bit of work.
Although stainless steel looks like it can handle anything, it needs to be treated with just as much care as porcelain.
The difference is in the method used to clean the stain, you're not necessarily being more aggressive with stainless steel. Create a thick paste using baking soda and vinegar.
Apply the paste with a soft cloth; no scrubbing or harsh brushes necessary. Rub over the areas with the cloth and rinse to check progress. Once you have removed the stains and are happy with the results, rinse the area thoroughly with hot water.
An added bonus is that vinegar is an excellent sanitizing agent and will even benefit the pipes connected to your sink or tub. You do not have to force yourself to stare at stains every time you brush your teeth or take a shower.
They are very removable with the right know-how. Just remember these simple tips and scrub gently; your porcelain or stainless steel will be free of stains and shine like new.
April 4, 2012