Shower drain rust removal can seem like a daunting task, which can make it end up on the bottom on the to do list. Rust forms on the shower drain when prolonged exposure to water breaks down and erodes the metal the drain is made out of. Luckily, it is quite easy to get rid of.
Step 1 - Choosing Your Rust Remover
There are many commercial rust removers on the market that you can find at your local hardware store. Most are poured or sprayed onto the effected area in their concentrated form and rinsed off afterward, while others need to be mixed with water to activate the chemicals that remove the rust. Most importantly, read the instructions on any commercial rust removal carefully before starting your project because many contain abrasive chemicals. If you don't like using chemicals in your home or just want a cheaper alternative to commercial rust removers, you can easily make your own.
Step 2 - Make The Rust Remover
In a small container, mix cream of tartar with hydrogen peroxide in a ratio that makes a paste. Start with 1 cup cream of tartar and make more if you need it.
Step 3 - Apply Rust Remover
If there is any grease or dirt on the area, rinse it first so the paste comes into direct contact with the rust. Let it sit for five minutes, then put on your rubber gloves and rub the effected area to remove the rust and rinse. If not all the rust is removed, repeat steps 1-3, using more remover.