Saturday, February 16, 2013

Removing Rust From Rubber Strips

Fig.1 Metal Rust on 
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
CLR® (Calcium Lime and Rust)
Scotch® Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge®
White bathroom silicone

Dave had an apartment that he owned in Rancho Cucamonga and he was wanted to rent out one of his bedroom with attached bathroom. He wanted his bathroom to be spotless for his guest. 

This post shows the five steps to removing rust from white rubber seals.

Step 1: Identify that the rust on the rubber seal is rust and not something else like paint, or grease. Different applications are used for different problems. Fig.1 shows that this seal definitely had rust stains on both bathroom rubber seals. 
Step 2: Use CLR® to remove the rust from the rubber seal. Spray the solution and let it stand on the rubber seal and the CLR® will remove the rust from the seal. It's not magic but it should be.

Note: CLR® product cleans rust of rubber and just about everything else. CLR product is describes as a remover blasts calcium deposits from glassware, tile, tea, coffee pots, dissolves lime scale from coffee pots, humidifiers, tubs, toilets and sinks. The remover removes rust stains from stucco, brick, porcelain, chrome and metal.

Step 3: Use Scotch Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge® to scrub the rust away from the seal. The combination of the CLR® and the scrub sponge removes the rust easily. Fig.2 shows the rust is completely removed from the rubber seal. 
Fig.2 Rust removed
Step 4: Fig.3 shows the use soap and water to remove the CLR® chemicals off the rubber seal. Now the seal is cleaned and sealed with white silicone.
Fig.3 White silicone
Step 5: The final step is to use a dry towel to dry the rubber seal. The job is done and Dave now has rented this room with attached bathroom.

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1 comment:

  1. Well done, the pictures show a clearly better, and rent-ready bathroom.