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How to Treat Rusty Water Taps

Nothing looks older, dirtier and more contaminated than the appearance of rust. Regardless of where the rust appears, the same treatment will be required. Rust, also known as iron oxide, is generally found around areas with liquids and metals. It takes on a reddish-brown hue and worsens over time if left untreated. Adding heat to an area with liquids and metals will expedite corrosion and rusting of the metal. Rust around water taps can generally be treated with lemon juice or white vinegar. If that does not work, oxalic acid should be your answer.

Clean your rusty water tap with lemon juice, vinegar or oxalic acid.
  1. Squeeze the juice from a lemon into a bowl or pour 1/2 cup of white vinegar into a bowl.

  2. Soak your sponge, with the rough part face down, into the lemon juice or vinegar.

  3. Scrub forcefully the rust around the water tap. If the rust does not come off, try again with a rougher sponge. If the rust still does not disappear, then you will need to purchase oxalic acid. This can be found in any hardware store. Simply ask an employee for rust remover.

  4. Pour a small amount into a bowl and similarly drench with your sponge. Make sure to wear gloves as oxalic acid is toxic.

  5. Scrub forcefully and the rust stain should disappear.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Kigerani Po has been writing professionally since 2010. He has published several articles for Demand Studios on eHow and holds a Bachelor of Science in finance and real estate from Florida State University.