Rust is an iron oxide, formed as a result of the reaction between oxygen and iron. Rusting of bathroom mirrors is a common problem that can cause discoloration and damage to the mirror’s surface.
Rusting occurs when moisture, high humidity, and oxygen interact with the metal frame of the mirror, resulting in oxidation and corrosion. To prevent bathroom mirror rusting, it is important to understand the causes, take precautionary measures, and use remedies to cure existing rust.
Causes of Bathroom Mirror Rusting
Bathroom mirrors are usually made of metal frames that are prone to rust. The most common causes of bathroom mirror rusting include the following:
- High humidity levels: High humidity levels can cause moisture to condense on the metal frame of the mirror, which increases the chances of rusting.
- Poor ventilation: Poor ventilation can also lead to moisture build-up, which can cause the metal frame of the mirror to rust.
- Leaks: Leaks in the bathroom can cause water to accumulate, which can further contribute to rusting.
Preventing bathroom mirror rusting is important to take the following precautionary measures:
- Regular cleaning and maintenance of bathroom mirrors: Regular cleaning and maintenance of bathroom mirrors can help to reduce the chances of rusting. It is important to use a gentle, non-abrasive cloth to wipe away dirt and grime that may accumulate on the surface of the mirror.
- Use of rust-inhibiting protective sprays and waxes: Rust-inhibiting protective sprays and waxes can be applied to the metal frame of the mirror to help protect it from rusting.
- Prevention of water droplets on bathroom mirrors: To prevent water droplets from forming on the mirror, it is important to keep the bathroom well-ventilated and to avoid steam from showers and baths from reaching the mirror.
Remedies to Cure Rusting
If rust has already started to form on the metal frame of the bathroom mirror, there are a few remedies that can help to remove the rust and restore the mirror’s original appearance.
Vinegar and Water
Pour a solution of 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water onto the rust. Let it sit for around 20 minutes, then scrub it off with steel wool or a scouring pad.
Mix some baking soda in with warm water until you get a paste-like consistency. Scrub this onto the rust using either a toothbrush or an old cloth. After 15 minutes, wash off with clean water and wipe dry as usual.
Mild Soap and Water Solution
A mild soap and water solution can be used to gently scrub away rust from the metal frame of the mirror.
Using a Commercial Rust Remover
Commercial rust removers are available that can be used to remove rust from the metal frame of the mirror.
Use a razor blade or knife to scrape away at the surface of the mirror until all traces are gone (please be careful).
Rust on bathroom mirrors is a common problem, but it can be prevented with regular cleaning and maintenance, using rust-inhibiting protective sprays and waxes, and preventing water droplets from forming on the mirror.
If rust has already begun to form, it can be removed with a mild soap and water solution, a commercial rust remover, or a paste of baking soda and water.