How to Remove Rust Stains From a Laminate Counter

Rust is a corrosive condition that occurs when metal is exposed to moisture for extended periods of time. Although rust most frequently occurs on metal, or metal components, it can be transferred to other surfaces. Rust stains on laminate counter tops are frequently caused by metal cans that are placed on the counter which rust and create a stain. While the rust on the laminate will not spread, the stain is unsightly. Removing rust stains from laminate counter tops can be done using an abrasive paste scrub with a mild bleaching quality.

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Step 1

Pour 1/4 cup of cream of tarter into a small bowl and add 1 to 2 tbsp. of lemon juice until it forms a thick paste. Stir the mixture with a spoon to completely combine.

Step 2

Spoon the paste mixture onto the rust stained laminate counter top and spread it around until the entire stain is covered by a thick layer of paste.

Step 3

Allow the cream of tarter paste to sit on the rust stain for 15 to 30 minutes.

Step 4

Place a scrubber sponge on top of the paste mixture and scrub the laminate counter top using circular motions. Continue scrubbing until all remnants of the rust stain are removed.

Step 5

Rinse the scrubber sponge in clean water and wipe the laminate counter top to remove the cream of tarter and lemon juice residue.

Step 6

Wipe the laminate counter top dry with a towel.