Well, friends. It’s ironing day.
By ironing, I mean removing the iron from my shower walls. We have a friend coming in today, and my rust stains needed some attention anyway. No time like the present.
Welcome to the Wonderful World of Adirondack Iron Water!
If you’re not familiar with the whole phenomenon, it works like this – Most of us in the sticks don’t have city water, and many of us have dug wells – which means your well is essentially a 15 or 20 or 50′ hole in the ground with a well liner. Drilled wells are much deeper (couple-hundred feet around here, usually), and cost … well, thousands.
Anyhow. We already had a newish dug well on the property, we have it tested yearly, and it’s always super clean – no coliforms (bacteria), no creepy-crawlies, and pretty darn acceptable … except for the iron. There’s lots of ore in them thar hills. (In the valley, in our case.) Ergo, without a fancy filter, we have beige water. It’s harmless, and this is all fine and good, except for the fact that it stains the shower. And it looks disgusting!
It doesn’t really build up in the kitchen sink, because it gets scrubbed so much, and water doesn’t collect there. The toilet, not so much either. But in the (plastic) shower stall where the water just sits … gross. (That’s not my tub in the pic – but mine was pretty close.)
What do you do to get the iron out? You pick up a jug of Iron Out. I could do without the noxious fumes, but it gets the job done. Funny, because it’s pretty sweet smelling coming out of the container. When you put it in the iron water and it starts doing its dirty business though – look out! Remember that smell from when you were cleaning and got a face full of ammonia? Similar, but stronger. Yowee!
I dump a pile of the stuff down on the shower floor, drip in a little water to make a paste, and wipe in onto the surfaces with a scrub brush. Honestly, you don’t even have to scrub. With the wet paste, the stains just disappear after a minute or so.
Jug of Iron Out? About ten bucks. A product that does exactly what it is supposed to with minimal effort? Priceless.