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13 March 2014

Bathroom cleaning - how to remove rust from a heated towel rail

For all the good they do over the winter months, heated towel rails are self-defeating in that they also contribute rust that can get on your towel. Why? The science is painfully simple - the ample heat generated by the electric bars succeeds in cooking wet towels placed on it and typically houses rust in between and underneath the bars, where gravity has the moisture drip down. Ideally people should only dry already half-dry garments on the rail, but instead favour putting completely damp towels across the rack.

Most people value their laundry needs above those of home cleaning on a typical weekend, choosing to pile those towels that couldn't squeeze into the dryer onto the heated towel rail over cleaning the device itself.

The one catch to using your heated towel rail a lot over the winter months is that you're likely doing so in a space that isn't filled with fresh air from outside. Your aversion to the cool winter air is costing you however since it compromises your towel rail in that rust forms from the sheer and consistent heat.

So can the rust be cleaned off? Yes and through exclusively organic means too.

House Cleaning
What you need:
Baking soda
1-2 Lemons
A tablespoon
A plastic container
A roll of paper towels
A bath mat
An old toothbrush
Double-sided sponge

Step 1 - Make the paste
Pour 5 generous tablespoons of baking soda into the plastic container before applying 3 cap-fulls of vinegar. Slice a lemon in two before de-juicing each half into the mix, simply through squeezing thoroughly by hand. Stir your paste with the tablespoon non-stop for 60 seconds.

Step 2 - Pre-wipe the towel rail
The first thing to note is that the cleaning agent and healing properties found in your solution will work gradually.
In preparing your rail for later scrubbing, begin by dipping the softer side of your double-sided sponge into the mix before gently wiping each of the beams.

Step 3 - Protect with paper towels
Let your pre-wipe solution of the previous step rest for 5 minutes. Rip off around a dozen paper towels or more, depending on how tall your heated ladder is, and rest them securely on top of each rail, with the exception of the very top one. These are applied in order to prevent drips from settling on each rail during cleaning, make sure each rail is wholly covered. The top rail doesn't need cover since no drip can fall on top it, though the second highest beam will require drip protection from the top one. If it prevents the wind from blowing the paper towels away, close your bathroom window, but only momentarily. Let your solution and towels sit for a further 30 minutes.

Step 4 - Remove the paper towels
Once the half hour has elapsed, return to remove the paper towels. You will notice the towels have absorbed the solution.

Step 5 - Scrub
This time dip the coarse side of the double-sided sponge into your container, submerging it for a solid 5 seconds in order to retrieve a lot of paste. Place your bath mat underfoot and proceed to scrub each beam thoroughly. Focus on specific clumps of rust individually, attempting to remove each entirely before moving onto the next heap of rust. Follow up by scrubbing with the old toothbrush - the bristles will separate resilient rust.
Following this, take a 30 minute break while allowing further solution to sit on the beams. Apply new paper towels across the beams before you go away.

Step 6 - Hot water post-scrub
Since you will definitely come across stubborn bits of rust, a hot water post-scrub is necessary. Once returning, remove the paper towels and proceed to run the same coarse side of the sponge under your basin's hot water tap. Then, scrub each beam thoroughly, ensuring you wrap the whole coarse side of the sponge around the cylindrical beams.

Step 7 - Rinse-scrub
Wait a mere 5 minutes this time before re-applying some of the above steps as you see fit. In some cases, more paste will be needed, followed by further paper towels and another 30 minute break. If called for, be willing to do this. If not, simply finish the job through rinsing the beams with further hot water. Use the softer side of the sponge if you find the coarse side is shedding strands of green fabric. Finally, dry the beams by running fresh paper towels along each of them.


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