How do I get rust rings off my counter top?

United States
August 6, 2007 12:07pm CST
The other day a metal coffee can got left on my counter top overnight. And, that's the night, my sink faucet decided to start leaking. So, now I have a huge brownish red rust stain on my counter top. And, I have no idea how to get it off the surface. Does anyone know how to get rust stains off of counter top surfaces? Are those stains permanant? I haven't tried bleach on them yet, but I was wondering if that might work. Has anyone tried bleach on rust stains? Or, would that simply make them worse? Any tips or suggestions you might have to remedy this problem would be appreciated. Thanks!
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
21 Aug 07
I'm assuming you don't want the blacksmith way of removing rust (But then again, how will you know sandblasting wont work till ya try!? XD). A few things that can remove rust effectively, I've used CLR and Kaboom with flawless effects. Bleach can work too, but you want to try it out on an unsightly spot of your counter before trying it out completely. Oh yea, you'd probably do that with any recommended chemical. The last thing you want is some discoloration. For prevention, you can try WD-40 if you feel the counter will rust again (or just make sure the spouse and kids don't leave anything metal on your counter for too long).
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@theprogamer (10543)
• United States
21 Aug 07
On second thought the WD is meant for heavier stuff like tools, maybe you shouldn't try it unless you are open to options. Good luck beauty.
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• United States
21 Aug 07
I think I'll try out the Kaboom or CLR first! Thanks for the tips.
@KrisNY (7609)
• United States
20 Aug 07
I’ve had this happen- I use a Fuller Brush product- Soft Scour- it’s white and thick and literally you put it on- let it sit for a minute and scrub off—the rust came right off—I use a lot of Fuller Brush cleaning products- they are great- a bit more money than other brands- but great!
• United States
21 Aug 07
Oh, that sounds very useful. I've never used that before. Do they have a website?
• Canada
7 Aug 07
Have you tried CLR this usually works on rust and I have used it on my counter tops before . The other things you could try but not sure if it will work would be Mr . Clean Magic Eraser . I find this works for a lot of different stains you can't get off around the house but have never tried it for rust on the counter top before . Best of luck !!
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• United States
21 Aug 07
CLR! I wouldn't have thought of that. CLR stands for Calcium, Lime, Rust as I remember. And, rust is what I'm looking to get rid of. That could work. Thanks!
@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
7 Aug 07
I read in a magazine a few years ago, that a great way to get rid of rust stains is to pour salt on the rust and take a lemon, cut in half and rub it over the salt. It's a mild abrasive, and the citrus helps cut the rust and it leaves a clean lemon smell, it works great in the shower too.
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@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
7 Aug 07
That's what I was going to suggest myself. MY mom used to do it that way and it worked.
@sunshine4 (8712)
• United States
6 Aug 07
I would first try soft scrub. Put it on the stains and let it sit for about 15 minutes. It has bleach in it, but never has harmed any of my countertops that I have used it on. I use it for every stain that I can't get out and it works great. I have never tried it on rust, but it's worth a try.
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• United States
6 Aug 07
I haven't used Soft Scrub in years! I used to love that stuff. Not sure why I don't keep it in the house, it is so useful. Thanks for the tip. I will put Soft Scrub on my grocery shopping list.
• United States
7 Aug 07
I use a product called Bon Ami. It is a scouring powder that does not scratch the surface. I use it all the time in the kitchen, on the counters and sinks, it has taken out some really nasty stains -- coffee, tea, red kool aid, rust, etc. It comes in a round can (?) like Ajax or Comet except it is yellow. Not all stores carry it but it is worth looking for.
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• United States
25 Jan 13
I got a bad rust stain on my white formica countertop and tried many failed solutions from online. Finally one day I was cleaning my glass cooktop and decided to just try the cooktop cleaner (Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner purchased from Home Depot). To my surprise it now only removed the rust stain, but all the ole stains on my white countertop. Wow, I am very happy with my white countertop now, and it seems to clean much easier now that I cleaned it with the Cooktop cleaner.
• United States
25 Jan 13
Sorry, correction in wording. I got a bad rust stain on my white formica counterop and tried many failed solutions from online. Fianlly one day I was cleaning my glass cooktop and decided to just try the cooktop cleaner (Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner purchased from Home Depot). To my surprise it not only removed the rust stain, but all the old stains on my white countertop. Wow, I am very happy with my white countertop now, and it seems to clean much easier since applying the Cooktop Cleaner on my entire countertop.
@mistissa (1348)
• Netherlands
22 Aug 07
Ok I know this might sound strange but just try to rub on coca cola, and leave it for a short while. Aftrerwards you can just rub of the rust. Cola is also very good for cleaning the toilet
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
7 Aug 07
Baking powder sometimes works too. I used it all around the house instead of the commercial stuff and it works well. It might work with the rust stain, if not the salt and lemon suggestion above usually solves the problem:)
@3lilangels (4641)
• United States
6 Aug 07
i have had this happen to my mom and she swears by kaboom,and also multi surface cleaning gel.i saw the results and the rust rings were completly gone.so now i have this product in my home at all times.
• United States
6 Aug 07
I really like those "magic sponge" things you can get from any of the stores. They work wonderfully. They are the only things that will get the bad stains off of my counter tops. You may also try baking soda, and maybe add a bit of vinegar. I've heard this works wonders, but I've never tried it myself. :o)