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Bathtub Rust Stains May Be Mineral Deposits

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    LESLIE: Linda in Colorado needs some help in the bath. What’s going on?

    LINDA: We had our home built – January it’ll be nine years ago we moved in. And at the five-year mark – well, four-and-a-half years – (it happened to have a five-year guarantee) so I quick wrote a note off to the builder and they came and looked at my bathtub. It’s got rust, long strips of rust, going through the bottom.

    TOM: OK.

    LINDA: Now I don’t have kids at home. I used to have four kids. I’m not a young duck. (Tom and Leslie chuckle) I’ve had enough kids and I’ve never had a rusted bathtub in my life.

    TOM: OK.

    LINDA: And they tried to tell me that was just normal wear and tear. There’s no kids even to wear it out.

    TOM: A proper finish on a bathtub is going to protect it from rust. Are you sure it’s rust that you’re seeing and not mineral deposits or dirt? Because on the bottom of the tub you have anti-skid pads that – they tend to collect a lot of grime and sort of make it look like it’s discolored.

    LINDA: OK, well I scrub at it and it doesn’t come.

    TOM: Have you tried CLR?

    LINDA: CLR?

    TOM: Yeah, it stands for calcium-lime-rust. It’s pretty good at getting rid of the grunge that sticks to the bottom of the bathtubs. But if it’s a typical metal tub it’s going to have a porcelain finish and, generally, they don’t rust; and in fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of those rust that wasn’t 50, 60, 70 years old.

    LINDA: OK. So I tell you what? I will get CLR and I’ll try it this week. If it doesn’t come off, can I call you back?

    LESLIE: Of course.

    TOM: You absolutely can. That’s the money-back guarantee when you call us 888-MONEY-PIT.

    LINDA: (chuckling) It’s free. (Leslie chuckles)

    TOM: Linda, thanks so much for calling us at 888-666-3974.

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