I have several stains on my bathroom vanity tops that look like rust. I think they have been caused by things being left on sink tops for too long and water leaving marks around these objects. They seem permanent. I have tried several stain removers and none worked. Any suggestions?

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    have you tried CLR? (the R stands for Rust). WD40 can often remove rust as well.
    – dandavis
    Jul 25, 2018 at 18:46

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If the stains are due to rust, any of the commercial cleaners might work if left in place long enough. @dandavis usggested CLR, and IronOut or Barkeepers Friend should also help, if left as a poultice (e.g. covered with a paper towel wet with the cleaner) so that it doesn't evaporate before penetrating. Even "sour salt", citric acid, may work.

If the stain has penetrated deeply, though, it may take multiple applications to make it much lighter.

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