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Feb 16, 2014, 11:58 AM
Brown Spots in Shower
Bought my first house it is a fixer upper, had not been lived in for 8 months. I have brown stains in the showers, I have scrubbed and even used a steam cleaner. All products used were for rust, hard water stains, soap scum and lime. None have worked, and ideas.

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Katherine N. Turgeon
Feb 16, 2014, 12:28 PM
That is a pretty nasty looking stain. Something (minerals) in the water may be causing the stain. Did the prior owners perhaps have a softener or water filter system you are no longer using?

Looks like acrylic or fiberglass tub unit? I would think something like LimeAway could help, but you would need to leave it in contact with the surface long enough. (Try it for a length of time on the flat area first, to check results) Not so easy with vertical application. Maybe saturate paper towels and stick them to the surface?

And if you don't find out what caused it, chances are it will return.
Feb 16, 2014, 01:19 PM
You might try just a simple white vinegar application, or even baking soda. Sometimes the less complicated methods can be surprisingly effective.

Is there any musty odor on the stain? You wrote "showers" - are these stains in more than one bathroom? If so, are the baths back to back or in separate locations in various areas of the house?

Were any disclosures made about leaks or other problems prior to purchase?

Also, if you've posted your real name, change it quickly as this site has been plagued by spammers and a few hostile lurkers. You really wouldn't want anyone to know who you are and where you live.

This message has been edited. Last edited by: GardenSprite,
Feb 16, 2014, 07:30 PM
#1 You need a water softener.
#2, Old steel plumbing it needs to go and be replaced with Pex, CPVC or copper or it never going to be rust free.
A product call The Works will take the stains off as soon as it touches it.
Any Dollar store of Wall-Mart should have it.
Nasty stuff, spray on starting at the bottom and rince off.

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Mar 16, 2014, 05:01 PM
I agree with joecaption, you may need a water softener. You can get Culligan or Kinetico to come out to test your water for free to verify if it is hard before you spend a bunch of money. You can learn more at these sites: