Rust develops when a chemical reaction occurs between water, oxygen, and iron. It’s a natural part of life and a common occurrence around the home. Sometimes rust can be surprising in where it ends up, but it is manageable and a sign that something in your home needs maintenance. While glass itself can’t rust, it can accumulate rust from water and surrounding metals. It can seem intimidating to clean the rust off a glass window, but it’s easy to fix with the right tools and solutions.
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Why Do My Windows Collect Rust on the Glass?
Rust is a chemical reaction with water, so weather patterns, cleaning, and poorly sealed windows can all lead to rust accumulations. If there is rust in your galvanized pipes or water, or if you have certain types of stained glass windows, rust stains are a possibility. Metal accents around your windows can also cause rust after a rainy season. Regular window cleaners don’t combat rust which leaves windows looking dirty no matter how often you clean them. If you use well water, mineral deposits can cause rust accumulation, which can lead to deposits and more spots. Water softeners can help prevent rust spots when cleaning the inside or outside of your windows.
Removing Rust Stains from Windows
While some commercial products on the market will cut through rust stains, it’s easy to make cleaner at home. Here are some rust removal methods to try with household items:
- Baking soda: Mix a thick baking soda paste with water and apply it to the rust. Wait 20 minutes and rinse. Repeat if necessary.
- Vinegar: Prepare a cleaning solution by mixing ¼ cup cornstarch, 1 cup white vinegar, and ½ cup ammonia. Wear gloves and apply with a soft cloth. Rinse thoroughly.
- Toothpaste: Toothpaste is an abrasive soft enough for glass. Using toothpaste and a plastic bristle brush can easily remove rust stains.
- Lemon juice: Rub a cut lemon on rust stains to remove. Rinse and polish with a cloth.
These are only a few easy ways to remove rust from your windows. There are several chemical options available at hardware stores if you’re looking for more powerful products. It’s always important to consider the source of rust and address any deteriorating metal in and around your home.
Refresh Your Windows in Baltimore Today
Struggling with rust on your windows? Not sure where it’s coming from? Don’t hesitate to call the “Door Pros” at Master Seal. Based in Parkville, Maryland, we offer aluminum, steel, wood, vinyl, or fiberglass door and window installation across the DMV. Our service areas include:
- Baltimore City
- Washington, D.C.
- Baltimore County
- Montgomery County
No matter the complexity of your door or window home improvement project, the team at Master Seal can help. With a range of styles and products, including garden windows, pediments, pilasters, and patio doors, we can help you transform the exterior of your home and maintain existing exteriors. Since opening our doors in 1994, we’ve helped over 40,000 customers realize their home improvement dreams around the DMV.
Call Master Seal for a Window Consultation Today
If you’re ready to consult a professional for window repair or replacement, we can help. Call us at 855.608.1580 to learn about our company and schedule a free consultation today.