How to remove rust from the toilet bowl
QThank you for your advice regarding the removal of old wine from my vintage decanter. The ammonia soak worked perfectly. Now, I would like to remove some old stains from under the rim of a toilet bowl. What is the best way to do this nasty task? Thanks. Val, Winnipeg ANSWER: To remove rust stains in a toilet, purchase a pumice stone and lubricate it with either cheap shampoo or dish soap. Wet the stone and gently wipe the toilet rim to remove rust marks. Or purchase a product called Iron Out. Add a half-cup of Iron Out to the bowl and a half-cup to the tank. Scrub with a toilet brush or leave overnight, scrub and flush. QUESTION: I was putting a patch on my grandson’s winter gloves (wanted to extend the life of them till spring). I was using seam glue to waterproof the stitching. Well, I dropped some on a pair of new leggings. I have tried WD-40, vinegar and Dawn dish soap, but the stain is still there. These are very good leggings, so I would appreciate any suggestions you can give me. I read your column every Saturday in the Free Press. Marie (Niverville) ANSWER: Many types of glues are permanent, and removal may not be possible. However, before giving up, take an old rag and cover the stain. Put a fabric iron over the area to loosen the glue. Once softened, pull off the glue. Or soak the area with amyl acetate (test on an inconspicuous are first). Remove the glue and scrub with dish soap and water before laundering. QUESTION: I never miss your column. Our coffee maker has the odd meltdown, leaving coffee all over the counter. We now have a permanent stain on our laminate countertop. How do we get rid of it? Cathy (St. Rose, Man.) ANSWER: Make a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the mixture and leave for 10 mins. Scrub with abrasive (non-scratching) pad. If the stain remains, scrub the area with a half tsp. dish soap and water. Next pour 1 tbsp. three per cent hydrogen
Scrub a rusty toilet with a pumice stone and dish soap to make it shine.