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Iron Stain Removal

In the majority of cases we can clean and remove the iron oxide stains form surfaces.  We have removed stains from;

  • Rendered walls and fence pillars
  • Glass
  • Metal fittings
  • Garden ornaments
  • Pathways

Depending on the surface we may test an area to ensure no damage to the stained surface occurs.  There is no doubt that that the stain can be removed.

Importantly we aim to use as little chemicals as possible in the cleaning process thus minimising the impact on the surrounding area.  If we don’t think that it can be done safely then we won’t do it.

Controlling the Staining

There are a number of ways of controlling or minimising the effect of iron oxide staining on a surface.  The choice is largely based on what you are doing with the water.  Contact VWTS to discuss your needs.

Call VWTS on 0467 958 770 or email via our CONTACT PAGE (Link to CONTACT US)

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About Iron Stain Removal

Staining from bores is a common problem when water with an iron content comes into contact with a surface.  The iron present in the bore water oxidizes to iron oxide (rust) leaving a red/rust colour on that surface.  It is not uncommon to see rust on surfaces such as;

  • Pathways
  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Garden Fittings
  • Tree Trunks
  • Toilets & Basins
  •  Some good examples of this staining are (see Gallery for more);
Iron Stain – During Cleaning

Irrigation from bore water stained the rendered fence.  This photo was taken during the cleaning process and doesn’t reflect the original state of the white render.  It was as bad as it could get.  Years of neglect had the entire lower section completely covered in rust.  The stains that you can see were all over the surface!

Iron Stain Removed

Above is an example of the cleaned render after several applications, some elbow grease and some patience.

Staining from irrigation

Bore water from the irrigation sprays has been allowed to settle on the rendered wall.  A difficult problem to stop with the existing setup – wind, water dripping from foliage, and inaccurate spraying are all sources of water contact.

Iron Staining

Similar to above, bore water with an iron content has been allowed to contact various surfaces including stone, wood (veranda), aluminium and glass (window).

The following picture shows a bore pump covered in iron oxide. This is a good example of the iron in bore water (in many cases this iron will foul the pump leading to breakdown or inefficient pumping – means you are wasting your money and we know that electricity is not cheap).

Damaged Bore Motor

Home Test for Bore Water that contains dissolved Iron

Collect a sample of your bore water in an empty plastic drink bottle.  Half fill the bottle and it will probably be clear.  Give it a shake, let it sit, and in not a long time you will start to see iron oxide settle on the bottom of the plastic bottle.

Fouling of Irrigation & Equipment

If iron staining is present then it is very likely that iron oxide will be found in other areas especially equipment.  Iron oxide will form a solid and that solid will build up over a period of time.  It is probably the most common problem seen when using bore water.

Call VWTS on 0467 958 770 or email via our CONTACT PAGE (Link to CONTACT US)

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