With Aluminum Foil
Tear off a 12-inch piece of aluminum foil and crumple it up loosely.
Rub the foil briskly over the rusty spots with the shiny side facing you. The friction of the two metals rubbing together removes rust without damaging the finish on the shower rod.
Wipe the shower rod with a dry cloth to remove any residue. Re-install the shower rod.
With Mild Acids
Mix 1/2-cup mild cleaning powder, 1/4-cup cream of tartar and 1/4-cup hydrogen peroxide in a bowl to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the shower rod with a brush or cloth.
Wait 30 minutes for the mixture to eat away at the rust. Wipe the paste off with a paper towel.
Wipe down the rod again with a damp cloth to remove any residue. Re-install the shower rod.
With Commercial Rust Remover
Mix and apply a commercial rust remover to the shower rod, according to the package directions. Commercial rust removers contain oxalic acid and will remove stubborn rust stains left behind by other treatments.
Allow the rust remover to remain on the shower rod as indicated on the packaging.
Wipe the rust remover off with a clean cloth, rinse it with water then dry it off. Re-install the shower curtain.
Things You Will Need
- Aluminum foil
- 1/2-cup mild cleaning powder
- 1/4-cup cream of tartar
- 1/4-cup hydrogen peroxide
- Paper towels
- Clean cloths or brush
- Commercial rust cleaner
- Almost any acidic solution removes rust. Try a paste made from borax and lemon juice or vinegar and salt. Do not use chlorine bleach to remove rust, though. Chlorine bleach sets stains.