Remove Rust Stains With Vitamin C

by Sherry
Did you know you can use Vitamin C to clean rust stains from concrete, tile ect?  I was recently told this by a sales person at the pool supply store so off I went to buy some.
We had quite a few small rust stains on the courtyard floor from me always rearranging things  Some pots and chair legs leave these stains. I had tried just about everything to remove these spots but nothing worked. We had resorted to painting over them but it bugged me that there was a slight difference in color between the new paint and the existing.
Here is what to do to remove these stubborn rust stains.
Buy the cheapest Vitamin C tablets you can find.  These must be pure C and cannot have other vitamins added ie; multi vitamins.  The only ones we found at the store had small amounts of Rose
Hips but they worked fine.Crush a couple of pills into powder form and add to cheesecloth or panty hose.  Tie at the top and Slightly wet.  If you get it too wet it will not work as well.

Take the cheesecloth package of powdered Vitamin C and press on top of the rust stain for
approximately 20 minutes.  There were a couple of bad stains that needed about ten minutes longer.Remove the cheesecloth,  lightly brush the area and pour water over the stain.
This really worked!

Before

After

The color of the painted concrete looks different because the pics were taken at different times of the day.

I found that I could use the same little cheesecloth package of powdered Vitamin C at least three times before throwing it away.  This worked great for me,  but just to make sure it doesn’t do damage please try it first in a inconspicuous place on your patio.Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you at the Share Your Style party .

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11 comments

Nancy's Notes June 2, 2015 - 7:17 pm

Oh Sherry, what a great tip, thank you!!! I love to find out about how to clean something!!

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[email protected] At Lydias House June 3, 2015 - 3:04 am

This is a great tip! I'll have to try it!

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Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} June 3, 2015 - 4:30 am

We've had rust stains on our white concrete driveway from a barrel planter for years. I really regret using that planter! I had resigned myself to the stains, so thanks for this tip!
xoKatheen

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[email protected] Designs June 3, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Great, great tip Sherry!…Love using alternatives to harsh chemicals!

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Kelly June 3, 2015 - 1:42 pm

That's an interesting tip! I can imagine that would be something to keep on hand if I had a concrete area with metal patio furniture on it. Glad to hear that it worked for you!

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Leslie Harris June 3, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Who would've thought? What a great tip and I plan on trying it!
thanks Sherry. I hope you're doing well.
Leslie

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Dee McFarland June 3, 2015 - 11:58 pm

Vit C is ascorbic acid, can be bought in bulk and should be very inexpensive. And of course online should provide a number of sources. Navel jelly is another product from the hardware store for rust removal on metal. And the ascorbic acid should work well on the 'rust' stops on concrete from fertilizer from lawn products that are spilled or scattered while applying to the lawn.

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Chatfield Court June 4, 2015 - 6:32 am

Wow Shirley, I never heard this before. Thanks so much for the tip!

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Chatfield Court June 4, 2015 - 6:34 am

Oh my goodness Sherry, I typed the wrong S name and pushed publish just as I realized it. I swear I do know your name. 😉

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Bev Carter June 9, 2015 - 1:05 am

What a great tip. How would think that vitamin c could do that.
Bev

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Cindy Rasley June 11, 2015 - 1:24 pm

Thanks! Great tip!

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