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Iron is a strong, hard, heavy metal that is the most abundant chemical element on Earth. It is more susceptible to rusting than any other metal. When exposed to water and oxygen, iron will rust. If salt is present, as in coastal areas, it tends to oxidize even more quickly.
Iron does not have to be under water to deteriorate. Even high-humidity environments provide enough moisture for oxidation to occur. When a drop of moisture contacts an iron object, oxidation reactions begin almost immediately. The crusty or powdery reddish material we know as rust is the result of iron in its oxidized form.
Iron is commonly present in metal compounds that are used to make products such as pipes, fasteners, machine parts, kitchen appliances, garden tools and equipment, automotive parts, gates, fences and railings. It is present in so many metal compounds that very few metals are “rust-proof.” Leaving a metal-rimmed shaving cream can on the bathtub ledge, or a cast iron pan in the sink are common household practices that cause rust stains. Removing these stains is a common challenge in both home and industrial environments.
Because iron is present in so many materials, including plumbing pipes and fittings, your water can contain levels of iron that will stain laundry, glassware, dishes, and bathroom fixtures. In areas of the country known for high-mineral-content or “hard water,” iron often appears in the groundwater supply as it seeps in through soils and rocks. Rust can clog or restrict the operation of appliances, fixtures, and equipment. It can cause problems ranging from minor discoloration, to pitting (small divots in the surface of metals) and, at its worst, it can cause complete disintegration of the metal.
In your home or commercial environment, your best defense against rust is prevention Avoid costly repairs and replacement by following these simple prevention guidelines:
- Avoid leaving metal items resting on bathroom or kitchen surfaces where moisture is present.
- Store your metal tools, fixtures and equipment indoors or where they are protected from the weather.
- Always thoroughly clean and dry outdoor tools and equipment after each use.
- Professionally clean and maintain equipment with hard-to-reach or intricate metal parts.
- Use moisture absorbers or dehumidifiers in basements, storage sheds, bathrooms, kitchens, or other damp environments.
Cleaning Off Rusty Iron
If you already have a rust spot or problem area, RustAid Outdoor Rust Remover is a fast, simple way to remove and dissolve rust stains on contact. RustAid Bathroom Spray works great in smaller areas such as the kitchen, bathroom or laundry room. RustAid is specially formulated to react with oxidized iron to neutralize and remove rust from dozens of surfaces. It can also be used to remove Lime Scale and Calcium Deposits. No rubbing or scrubbing is needed. Iron rust stains simply dissolve away with no harmful fumes. If you have rust in your water, try RustAid Drop-Ins to prevent water stains in your toilet tank and bowl.